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Recommended Citation: Jensen, J, C Rabe, S Runde, and L C Wee.  Transition from Industry to Academia: Reflections of Three New Faculty Members.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §4122. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 4(66). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Transition from Industry to Academia: Reflections of Three New Faculty Members

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Julie Jensen    [a1] [a2]
Department of Economics and Business
Luther College    [u1] [u2]
Decorah, Iowa, USA    [c1] [c2]

Craig Rabe    [a1] [a2]
Department of Economics and Business
Luther College    [u1] [u2]
Decorah, Iowa, USA    [c1] [c2]

Steven Runde    [a1] [a2]
Department of Economics and Business
Luther College    [u1] [u2]
Decorah, Iowa, USA    [c1] [c2]

Liang Chee Wee    [a1] [a2]
Department of Economics and Business
Luther College    [u1] [u2]
Decorah, Iowa, USA    [c1] [c2]

One of the key difficulties faced by many small baccalaureate colleges in recruiting for pre-professional positions is their ability to attract qualified and interested candidates. The competition for those candidates is intense because the demand for them exceeds the supply. Besides pursuing an academic career, qualified candidates are also enticed by career opportunities in the industry. Specifically, the difficulty in hiring permanent faculty affects a collegeís ability to maintain and enhance a management information systems program. The purpose of this paper is to share how a small, private liberal arts college recruited three alumni from the industry to be new faculty members to fill pre-professional positions over the last six years, the factors influencing the alumniís decision to accept the challenge, their reflections on their transition to academia and assessment of their decisions, and the rewards gained.

Keywords: pre-professional faculty, industry, academia, transition, small college, alumni

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