Comparison of hiring and promotion criteria linked to teaching, educational development and professional engineering skills
Paper in proceedings, 2013

Within the higher education system, criteria for promotion based on research quality and contribution are well established and widely accepted. For teaching, on the other hand, such criteria have generally not been developed and implemented to the same degree. This poses a challenge for the implementation of the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) standards 9 and 10, which deal with the enhancement of faculty CDIO skills and faculty teaching skills. To be able to implement these standards successfully, universities need to have in place effective ways of evaluating teaching contribution and professional engineering experience. To support the implementation of CDIO standards 9 and 10, excellence in teaching and progressive educational development based on engineering experience must be acknowledged and rewarded. This paper compares hiring and promotion policies and criteria for the evaluation of teaching contribution and educational development in four selected universities in Europe and North America. Conclusions are drawn with regard to the CDIO standards 9 and 10 and perspectives for future development of such criteria discussed.

professional engineering experience

educational development

teaching skills

hiring policies

Academic promotion criteria


Ingunn Saemundsdottir

Asdis Hlokk Theodorsdottir

Johan Malmqvist

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Sylvain Turenne

Siegfried Rouvrais

Proceedings of the 9th International CDIO Conference, Cambridge, USA

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