Clemson faculty talks mentoring of tech, engineering education professionals in journal
A Clemson faculty member recently took to the pages of the Technology and Engineering Teacher Journal to discuss the mentoring of emerging technology and engineering professionals.
William Havice, professor of educational and organizational leadership development in Clemson’s College of Education, detailed the 21st Century Leadership Academy, which is designed to create tomorrow’s most successful technology and engineering leaders, consultants and strategic thinkers. As one scholar responsible for the creation of the academy, Havice has seen the positive effects the academy has had through its presenters and fellows.
“Mentoring can be extremely helpful when moving into new areas of technical expertise or when expanding into new areas of responsibility,” Havice said. “They model ethical behavior, become more confident and independent and act with wisdom and integrity to earn peoples’ respect.”
The academy was developed by Havice and Roger Hill, members and co-chairs of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association’s Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education. The academy’s first cohort in 2006-2007 enjoyed monthly online discussion seminars to encourage scholarly activity and professional growth.
The academy’s use of emerging web-based technology enhances communication and facilitates access to existing expertise within the profession, according to Havice. The initiative was expanded for the following year’s cohort to include six emerging junior faculty and a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C. with leaders from multiple technology and engineering organizations.
“Emerging leaders need access to respected leaders in these fields to develop their personal leadership skills,” Havice said. “The opportunities provided in active membership increase motivation, productivity and performance.”
Havice said these skills are necessary for all professionals to address the future challenges on the horizon in technology and engineering fields. He said a major challenge is the lack of understanding in the general population regarding what technology and engineering have to offer in the general education of learners.
“The academy seeks to meet the needs and interests of its members so that they can improve the public understanding of technology, innovation, design, and engineering and its contributions to human life.”
Academy fellows have taken on important roles editing professional journals, developing curriculum and chairing committees, and many presenters and fellows of the academy are current Clemson faculty and alumni. Clemson alumni who have graduated from the 21st Century Leadership Academy include:
- Jeremy Ernst, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech
- Hal Harrison, former Clemson University faculty
- Mark Crenshaw, Assistant Director of Lake Technical College
Clemson University faculty and staff have also presented at Personal and Association Leadership Development, which are academy leadership workshops held at the annual International and Technology Engineering Educators Association Conference.
- David S. Fleming, Associate Dean, Clemson University Graduate School
- Suzanne Price, Director of Residential Learning
- Kristin M. Walker, Associate Director of Analytics and Initiatives, Adjunct Faculty in Educational and Organizational Leadership Development