December 27, 2013 8 Comments
The year is ending, so it’s a good time to revisit our development roadmap as professors and researchers, and not lose the rhythm and blur our ultimate goal. Now you know that my philosophy is a balance in academic activities and a continuous effort.
As best practices for university professors in 2014 I suggest the following ones, which are those that I currently have in mind for my development, but they are open of course to other practices to be completed, depending on your academic stage.
1. Keep preparing your classes thoroughly. Analyze the feedback / evaluation from students.
2. Improve your presentation and class management skills. Use further the case method and the involvement of students at class and during the course.
3. Develop new content for seminars and courses to keep building your personal brand and keep learning.
4. Search and be open to new job opportunities. It’ll also help you to focus in the key skills required by universities.
5. Collaborate in research projects with others, if possible from different universities and countries.
6. Take care of your research project pipeline. Have projects in different stages: new ideas; research in process; and articles pending to be reviewed and submitted to journals.
– In 2014, publish 1 paper in a journal indexed in JCR (Thomson Reuters); 1 indexed in EBSCO/Scopus or the like; and 1 indexed in a regional or specialized field database.
– Go identifying journals that best fits your articles. Try Gaudeamus – The academic network for publishing in journals.
7. Disseminate your published papers periodically in the social networks, such as Google+, Linkedin, ResearchGate or Acadamia.edu.
8. Keep peer-reviewing papers for indexed journals, and collaborating as Board Member of research Institutions and journals.
9. Be attentive to new opportunities to start a business and transfer knowledge to society, based on your specialized scientific background.
10. Help other colleagues and students; be kind to people.
I wish you a happy holiday season and a rewarding 2014 for you and your families.