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Examining the Nature of Technology Graduate 76 Education The Journal of Technology Studies Nathan Hartman, Marvin Sarapin, Gary Bertoline, and Susan Sarapin Introduction of a technology department or college should be According to the Association of Technology, to further develop graduate education in fulfill- Management, and Applied Engineering ment of this vision. (ATMAE), graduate-level studies in technology are designed to prepare technologists to focus on Presently at the authors’ institution, the the applied challenges of society, industry, and COT is going through a process of implement- government through integration- and implemen- ing individual master’s degrees in the academic tation-oriented activities (2009). Although the areas of each technology department in the col- association’s affiliated institutions and member- lege while continuing to deliver the Ph.D. in ship have been interested in research and gradu- Technology at the college level. Such work has ate education for many years, increased discus- caused the technology graduate faculty to (a) sion is needed concerning both the goals and formulate the role of graduate education within delivery of graduate programs leading to mas- the context of the larger university community, ter’s and doctoral degrees related to the field for and (b) articulate how graduate education in the 21st century. Many of the academic partici- technology may differ from that of the other col- pants in this organization, as well as others, leges and schools in the academy. While the work at universities that include a College of authors acknowledge that the depth and breadth Technology (COT) or similar department-level of implementation of the suggested research entity associated with applied engineering, man- activities in this article will vary among institu- agement, or industrial technology. Many of these tions, it is hoped that any technology-based organizations are currently examining their department or college could generalize this research and engagement efforts in light of the approach to advance graduate education at its currently shrinking state and federal budgets and institution. an increasing demand on the part of faculty and students for resources to conduct research. As The purpose of this paper is twofold. This such, these institutions are exploring ways to work presents a general discussion of the theo- align strategic plans with university, state, and retical foundation for graduate education in federal objectives. They are trying to engage technology followed by specific applications of industry in a manner that provides value to both research activities within graduate education in parties. All of this is taking place in an environ- technology. This paper represents the authors’ ment where future funding streams and organi- view of the role of graduate education in (a) zational infrastructures are uncertain. In order to advancing the knowledge base, (b) adapting a promote confidence in the academic research research paradigm, (c) preparing the future agenda of technology-based programs, a clear Technology faculty, (d) capitalizing on the vision for research and engagement efforts in research interests of the faculty, (e) addressing technology disciplines is necessary. industry’s challenges in implementing and adapting technology, and (f) structuring graduate The authors advocate a definition of education in technology. research activity and strategy that includes tradi- Advancing the Knowledge Base tional funding sources for research,
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