America's research-active, geotechnical faculty members - A snapshot of the community

D. F. Laefer, C. McHale

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This paper is a snapshot in time of the personal backgrounds, educational training, professional ranking, and productivity levels of those individuals with respect to Compendex-listed journal paper. Important questions are raised not only as to issues of age, gender, and nationality, but as to where the professoriate in geotechnical engineering is coming from, what level of experience they are bringing to their positions, and their professional standing. The results of this paper raise several, possibly unexpected observations including the apparent role that small, private, undergraduate programs have in grooming future faculty members; the fact that most female faculty members come from only a handful of doctoral programs; the increasing productivity of junior faculty members; and the aging of the community with respect to succession planning. This document is intended to be a discussion document for succession planning for the wider community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeoFlorida 2010
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Analysis, Modeling and Design - Proceedings of the GeoFlorida 2010 Conference
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2010
EventGeoFlorida 2010: Advances in Analysis, Modeling and Design Conference - West Palm Beach, FL, United States
Duration: Feb 20 2010Feb 24 2010

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeoFlorida 2010: Advances in Analysis, Modeling and Design Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWest Palm Beach, FL


  • Engineering education
  • Faculty
  • Geotechnical engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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