Professor career progression

Mex Muatjetjeja, Jacob Kashiwagi, Dean Kashiwagi

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Abstract

The University of Botswana (UB) Project Management (PM) section in the Civil Engineering (CE) faculty are in a resource restricted environment and tasked to teach three classes a semester. Each faculty is now being requested to do research work, publish papers, and in many cases work on their PhD at the same time. The emphasis is on administrative and teaching roles, and not research roles. They are caught up in a career ladder that forces them to do research to get promoted, but with no strategic research plan and research is only a means for progression in an academic career and not the end. The mentorship of younger faculty in research is difficult, both from the role of the mentor, and the protégé. The research mentors are rare, and the younger lecturers feel neglected. There is no coordinated strategic research plan for the department, section, or faculty. The average research activity of the majority of the staff at the University of Botswana is very low. The publishing of research of the staff is currently very poor. This paper proposes that the problem is not a University of Botswana issue, but a structural issue that all universities face. The authors propose that faculty be exposed to a new research based faculty career ladder instead of focusing on the traditional teaching and administrative career, and a new approach to research. The research will investigate whether a research based career can possibly be successful at the University of Botswana Project Management section.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCOBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Pages414-425
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventConstruction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2009 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Sep 10 2009Sep 11 2009

Publication series

NameCOBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Other

OtherConstruction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2009
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period9/10/099/11/09

Keywords

  • Project Management research: PM faculty career plan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction

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    Muatjetjeja, M., Kashiwagi, J., & Kashiwagi, D. (2009). Professor career progression. In COBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (pp. 414-425). (COBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).