ERIC Number: ED230441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Another Educational Problem: Shortages of University Scientific and Engineering Faculty.
Goodman, Paul W.
It is pointed out that there is a desperate need for engineering and computer science doctoral faculty, a need recognized by various schools of science and engineering and by the Federal government. Although the National Science Foundation and other agencies do not see a shortage of college faculty in the other sciences, faculty in some of these colleges of science do indicate that such a shortage will exist at some time in the future. The recognized shortages, and those still unrecognized, stem from the same source: the higher salaries paid to university-trained scientists and engineers at all degree levels by industry. Industry also possesses better research equipment for engineers. Suggestions have been made to have science and engineering schools upgrade themselves, and/or have industry and the Federal government adopt policies that would help these schools accomplish the same purpose. These policies include raising faculty salaries to competitive levels with industry, industry support of faculty workshops, and a tax structure allowing corporations better tax deductions for gifts to universities (including gifts of expensive research equipment). It is suggested that whatever is done must be done quickly since the training of professionals for university faculty positions is a long time affair. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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