Understandably, there would be some adjustment needed, particularly if the academic had been in the predominantly teaching role for a long time (or it is the only academic role they've had).

What practical considerations are there that would help an academic currently fulfilling a primarily teaching position to seamlessly and effectively transition to being in an all-research position (any job that is all research, no teaching)?

  • What do you mean by a "pure" research position?
    – aeismail
    Sep 17 '13 at 10:06
  • @aeismail pure research in this case, refers to no teaching, just research.
    – user7130
    Sep 17 '13 at 10:08
  • So, are you talking about non-academic positions (for example, research in government labs), or academic positions (e.g., research assistant professor)?
    – aeismail
    Sep 17 '13 at 11:04
  • When you talking about practical considerations to help in transitioning from a teaching to a research position, do you mean to help in getting a research job, or help in handling the transition once you've accepted the job? Sep 17 '13 at 12:54
  • @aeismail any research job that has no teaching component.
    – user7130
    Sep 17 '13 at 19:45

Some issues that will need to be considered are:

  • getting up to date with the current developments in your field – this will involve intense and selective reading
  • finding new topics to work on
  • justifying in grant applications the gap in publication record and demonstrating potential to produce results
  • attracting students to work with you – this may be easier if you've been teaching a lot, as you've put yourself in a position where students can see you.

Good luck.

  • Thank you, Dave, this is the succinct and helpful information I am after.
    – user7130
    Sep 17 '13 at 19:55

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