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The Role of Research and Writing in Career Advancement. Carmel Parker White, Ph.D. Kansas State University. Purpose. This workshop will help you understand the importance of research and writing in your career. Question. What are your individual career plans?.

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The role of research and writing in career advancement

The Role of Research and Writing in Career Advancement

Carmel Parker White, Ph.D.

Kansas State University


Purpose
Purpose

This workshop will help you understand the importance of research and writing in your career.


Question
Question

What are your individual career plans?


The development of a taxonomy of career competences for professional women

The Development of a Taxonomy of Career Competences for Professional Women

Hackett, Betz, & Doty (1985)


Method and procedure
Method and Procedure Professional Women

  • 50 female faculty members from a variety of disciplines

  • Midwestern university

  • Hour-long, semi-structured “critical incidents” interview

  • Summarize career development, degree of success in field, and one or more “critical incidents” that were important to career development


Taxonomy of skills
Taxonomy of Skills Professional Women


Career performance skills
Career Performance Skills Professional Women

  • In a self-assessment of career performance of family studies faculty, Bradbard et al. (1997) found that three subscales were most consistently related to achievement:

    • Job-Specific Skills

    • Administrative and Leadership Skills

    • Adaptive-Cognitive Skills


Job specific skills

Finding and giving career-support toward self or others Professional Women

Knowledge of subject matter

Other area-specific skills (e.g., clinical skills)

Teaching skill

Advising skills

Technical writing skills

Research methodology knowledge

Computer and statistical skills

Knowledge of publication process

Ability to generate innovative ideas

Knowledge of funding sources

Job-Specific Skills


Apply these skills to your future
Apply these Skills to Your Future Professional Women

  • Technical Writing Skills

  • Research Methodology Knowledge

  • Computer and Statistical Skills

  • Knowledge of Publication Process

  • Ability to Generate Innovative Ideas

  • Knowledge of Funding Sources


Underlying attributes to develop as an undergraduate or in graduate professional school
Underlying Attributes to Develop as an Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School

Passion towards Learning

Curiosity and Wonder

Self-Motivation to Overcome own Inertia and other Obstacles


Underlying knowledge or skills to develop as an undergraduate or in graduate professional school
Underlying Knowledge or Skills to Develop as an Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School

  • Active Learning

  • Critical Thinking

    • Essential intellectual traits


Knowledge and skills cont
Knowledge and Skills (cont.) Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School

  • Research Skills

    • Take a research methods course

    • Take a statistics course and learn statistical computing

    • Work with a research project (volunteer, for credit, or for pay)

    • Talk with faculty about their research interests and projects

    • Appreciate the time and attention to detail that conducting good research takes

    • Conduct an honors thesis or research project: Start early


Selecting research ideas benson piercy 1997
Selecting Research Ideas Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School(Benson & Piercy, 1997)

Theory

Constructs

Method

Sample

Questions/

Hypotheses

Conclusions

Findings

Analyses


Knowledge and skills cont1
Knowledge and Skills (cont.) Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School

  • Writing Skills

    • Write frequently with a specific purpose in mind or for a specific audience

    • Embrace the notion that “all writing is revising”

    • Obtain editing experience

    • Publish your work

      • Masthead and example article

      • Electronic journals

      • Special issues

      • Select an appropriate journal

      • Journal article format

      • Journal submission process


Free writing exercise talking on paper saltzman 1993
Free-writing Exercise: Talking on Paper Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School(Saltzman, 1993)

  • For the next two minutes, start “talking” on paper. Whatever is in your head, write it down. It does not have to be brilliant, or clever, or even make any sense. Your job is to simply keep “talking” on paper, having the freedom to go “blah, blah, blah” with no expectations for the final result. Your only goal here is to keep your hand moving as quickly as possible, to keep throwing words on the page, no matter what.

  • Remember: Don’t even think of it as “writing.” Think of it as “talking” on paper.


Personal benefits of research and writing erickson 2001
Personal Benefits of Research and Writing Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School(Erickson, 2001)

  • Career Connections

  • Depth of Content Knowledge

  • Personal Motivation

  • Financial Reward

  • Academic Credit

  • Relationships with Faculty


Personal benefits cont
Personal Benefits (cont.) Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School

  • Team Work

  • Writing and Presentation Skills

  • Published Research

  • Self-confidence


Examples from my career
Examples from My Career Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School

  • Evaluation Theme

    • Pregnancy prevention review publication and invited APA presentation

    • Grant evaluating child abuse prevention programs

    • Grant evaluating use of technology by teachers

    • Teaching a graduate level Program Evaluation course


References
References Undergraduate or in Graduate/Professional School

  • Benson, M. J., & Piercy, K. W. (1997). Multiple approaches to developing research: A flexible framework for students and advisors. Family Science Review, 10, 121-135.

  • Bradbard, M. R., Endsley, R. C., Duke, H. (1998). Self-assessment of career performance in female and male human development and family studies faculty. Family Science Review, 11, 136-146.

  • Erickson, R. (2001). Why involve students in research? Paper presented at the Schreyer National Conference on Innovations in Undergraduate Research and Honors Education, University Park, PA.

  • Hackett, G., Betz, N. E., & Doty, M. S. (1985). The development of a taxonomy of career competencies in professional women. Sex Roles, 12, 393-409.

  • Satzman, J. (1993). If you can talk, you can write. New York: Warner.


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