Stuck in a Rut? Tips for Improving Academic Impact

Stuck in a Rut? Tips for Improving Academic Impact

Stuck in a rut? Tips for improving academic impact

Willy A Renandya – 16 June 2021

If you’ve been teaching for some time but can’t seem to get your tenure or promotion, you probably need to re-look at your academic portfolio and assess your academic impact in the following three areas:

  1. Teaching. Is my teaching well-received by my students? Have I been involved in designing and writing a new course? Have I been invited to give a workshop for key people in the industry? etc.
  2. Research. Is my research impactful? Are my publications published in good journals?  Are they read and cited by people in the field and used as a required reading by other people?
  3. Service. Does my service contribute to the well-being of the community that I belong to? Have I served as Head of Department, Programme Leader, Course Coordinator? Have I served as an editor or reviewer of a high profile journal? Have I served as an external examiner of a PhD thesis from other universities?

For each, you can give yourself a rating from 1 to 5 (1 low, 5 high). Once you’ve done this exercise, you will be in a much better position to work on areas that you have not done so well, i.e., those that have low ratings of 1 or 2.

To find out more, here is a Youtube video  that provides tips on how you can improve on your teaching, research and service impact.

You will also fine a chapter “Growing our research impact” that I co-authored with Prof Nguyen Thi Thuy Minh useful.

How to grow our research impact

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