Research and Teaching: the Second Stretch

Research and Teaching: the Second Stretch

In my last post I looked at the issue of teaching modules which may seem to be at some distance from the discipline in which you did your research.

From amongst a wide circle of friends and colleagues who are both research active and teaching-active – to coin a new phrase – I’d say it’s extremely important to acknowledge that flexibility is both a personal and professional good. A friend who was awarded her doctorate in 2006 found a permanent teaching post within twelve months of completing. Her lectureship was not in History which was her “home” discipline if you like but in Criminology – she was able to develop a subsidiary interest into one which she could use as a foundation for her career.

In my present teaching post where the focus is on English for Academic Purposes, language and study skills  although I am not teaching literature, I find myself drawing upon my doctoral research constantly. Accuracy, structure and space for the imagination – are the three things I would name as the basis of every class I teach.

To put it another way – the proof of the research commitment is in the teaching practice.

Here’s to all researchers and teachers, as they seek to bring two worlds together : ).


About Priyali Ghosh

Dr. Priyali Ghosh is a graduate of the University of Calcutta and the University of Cambridge. She held a Nehru Centenary scholarship at Cambridge which is an award of the Nehru Trust for Cambridge University, India, the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She researched her doctorate in English at the Department of English and Language Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University where she held a Research Studentship awarded by the Graduate School, Canterbury Christ Church University. She received her doctorate from the University of Kent in 2009. She has taught at Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Kent and the University of Leicester. She is a nineteenth-century studies researcher in English and also has teaching specialisms in English for Academic purposes, General English and Business English.

2 Responses to Research and Teaching: the Second Stretch

  1. Nicola Abram says:

    Hi Priyali – great post. I’ve been thinking about bringing my research and teaching selves together over on the ‘Real Life PhD Student’ blog, too. Maybe it’s a Literature thing!

    • Priyali Ghosh says:

      Hello Nicola,

      How great to hear from you. I have just read your post and I think what you say is true. If we could gently dismantle the things that keep students and lecturers at a distance from each other so much could be gained. When I was an undergraduate I found that such relationships could be built with lecturers because of the “soft” zones in which we could meet – discussion societies, theatre visits – those sorts of things. But there’s so little space for those things – I seem to find now. Why is this? We do need to allow students and lecturers to be a bit more than givers and receivers of teaching “messages.” (Scary word)

      Looking forward to reading more about your research and teaching progress : )

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