ERIC Number: ED425479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Changing Hats: Juggling the Demands of Academe and Consulting/Training.
Rolls, Judith A.
After noting that consulting opportunities abound for communication faculty interested in pursuing the charge, this paper aims to provide strategies and tips to help scholar-practitioners and "would-be" consultants balance the demands of academe and consulting/training. The paper is based on a review of literature, on a personal experience of 20 years as a consultant, and on the recommendations and information provided by many scholars. To achieve a balance between academe and communication consulting, several constituents must be satisfied: the university/department; the students; the research program; the clients, the individual scholar-practitioner and his/her family. Recommendations pertaining to each constituent are furnished in the paper. The goal of the paper is to help scholar-practitioners lead balanced lives, and actions recommended are: (1) refuse to sit on committees requiring large time commitments; (2) combine research, teaching, and consulting themes; (3) engage in applied research; (4) get a research assistant; (5) invite students to participate in the consulting process; (6) organize consulting materials and learn to develop multimedia presentations; (7) set aside regular times for exercise, relaxation, and communication with family and friends; and (8) pace consulting so that it does not conflict with other commitments. (Contains 17 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (84th, New York, NY, November 20-24, 1998).