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 : ).