Academic promotion brings rewards to individuals but is also a critical measure of institutional quality: it is a positive indicator if colleagues successfully engage with…
Academic promotion brings rewards to individuals but is also a critical measure of institutional quality: it is a positive indicator if colleagues successfully engage with rigorous scrutiny of professional practice. The higher education sector is also rapidly changing in response to demands for metrics to measure excellence. This chapter explores the influence of these external drivers within the UK context on local promotion policy, such as academic pathways, domains of practice, and levels of responsibility. Insights from successful colleagues are also shared and guidance offered on how to prepare for promotion through thoughtful professional development and a purposeful evidence base for demonstrating impact.
In the concluding chapter of the book, Professor Graeme Aitken will reflect on key academic promotion themes and ideas presented by the contributing authors. Drawing on the author’s experience as a former Dean of Education, and involvement within the Universitas 21 collaborative project on the recognition of teaching as a critical aspect of academic promotion, Professor Aitken will offer observations about the complexities of current academic promotion processes within the academe. The author’s insights will address our overarching series intention of advancing our thinking about “surviving and thriving in academia” via the authors’ range of international promotion experiences.