ERIC Number: EJ856655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
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Holding a Post-Doctoral Position before Becoming a Faculty Member: Does It Bring Benefits for the Scholarly Enterprise?
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v58 n5 p689-721 Nov 2009
This article examines the effects that performing a post-doc early in the academic career have for the current scholarly practices of faculty members. Results show that performing a post-doc early in the academic career impacts positively the recent research output of academics, although not affecting the other faculty member's scholarly activities, namely teaching. The results also show that academics that did a post-doc engage in more regular information exchange dynamics with international peers than their colleagues that did not. This is particularly evident for the younger generations of scholars and for those who spent the post-doctoral period abroad. It is concluded that the post-doctoral period not only fosters a greater production of scientific outputs later in the academic career, but also leads to a greater integration into international scholarly communities. These benefits potentiate former post-docs to become key players in any scientific or higher education system.
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Career Development, Student Educational Objectives, Scholarship, Doctoral Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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