America's research-active, geotechnical faculty members - An investigation of national science foundation funding trends

D. F. Laefer, S. Akter, C. McHale

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Abstract

This paper is an investigation of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funding trends within America's research-active tenured and tenure-track, civil engineering community from 50 major, doctoral-granting institutions, with 5 schools examined in detail. Important questions are raised as to how funding patterns relate to rank and sub-discipline within Civil Engineering, and whether there is a causal link with publication rates. The paper presents key parameters with respect to issues that may be critical for tenure decisions at some institutions. They include total average number of awards per individual, the size of those awards normalized by named participant, and how these values have changed over the past nearly 40 years. These issues are considered for Geotechnical Engineering in comparison to other sub-disciplines within Civil Engineering. Funding breakdowns shows a higher reliance of Geotechnical engineers on traditional funding programs within NSF with a profoundly greater capacity to raise money at more senior levels, although these additional resources do not necessarily translate into increased journal publication rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeo-Frontiers 2011
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference
Pages2887-2896
Number of pages10
Edition211 GSP
DOIs
StatePublished - May 27 2011
EventGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2011Mar 16 2011

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number211 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563

Other

OtherGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering
CountryUnited States
CityDallas, TX
Period3/13/113/16/11

Keywords

  • Engineering education
  • Faculty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Laefer, D. F., Akter, S., & McHale, C. (2011). America's research-active, geotechnical faculty members - An investigation of national science foundation funding trends. In Geo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference (211 GSP ed., pp. 2887-2896). (Geotechnical Special Publication; No. 211 GSP). https://doi.org/10.1061/41165(397)296