ERIC Number: ED490426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Facilitating and Fostering Research across the University: Staffing Issues in Research Capacity Development
Farquhar, Robin H.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Salzburg Seminar Symposium on "University Research Management and Support" (Salzburg, Austria, Apr 11, 2005)
Presented at a 2005 Salzburg Seminar symposium on the management and support of university research, this paper examines a number of staffing issues concerning institutional capacity-building to foster research in higher education. Various categories of staff engaged in the research enterprise are identified and the diversity among them in terms of role expectations, professional qualifications, and attitudinal orientations are discussed. The flexibility that must characterize the variety of forms their assignments can take is examined, as is the complexity of effectively supervising their performance. The challenges of motivating staff to engage in the research function are noted, and the range of sanctions and incentives that must be considered for different employee categories is explored. The various forms of support necessary to nurturing staff commitment to research in universities are outlined - including information about policies, priorities, and practices; moral support in the form of leadership commitment, mission articulation, and reward systems; and operational support through financial allocation, professional development, and physical resources. It is concluded that the complexity of these various staffing issues is multiplied by the inevitable interactions among them.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A