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Activity Number: 171
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 30, 2012 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: SSC
Abstract - #304195
Title: Academic Promotion Challenges for Statisticians Involved in Interdisciplinary Research
Author(s): Joel A Dubin*+ and Terry Hyslop*+ and Karen A Kopciuk*+ and Tulay Koru-Sengul*+ and Rhonda J Rosychuk*+ and Lehana Thabane*+
Companies: University of Waterloo and Thomas Jefferson University and University of Calgary and University of Miami and University of Alberta and McMaster University
Address: Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada Dept. of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Philadelphia, PA, 19107, Population Health Research, Box ACB, Calgary, AB, T2S 3C3, Canada Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miami, FL, 33136, Departments of Pediatric, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1C9, Canada Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatist, Hamilton, ON, L8N 4A6, Canada
Keywords: Interdisciplinary research ; Performance evaluation ; Promotion ; Tenure

Substantial challenges exist for interdisciplinary statistical researchers when it comes to performance evaluation, promotion and tenure application. The extra effort needed to highlight creative or original statistical contributions to interdisciplinary research works, often conducted by a relatively large number of authors, can be discouraging. This panel session will discuss common challenges encountered across academic institutions that are relevant to promotion considerations, including the following: (i) Reduced research productivity while training oneself and students in new disciplines; (ii) Lack of appreciation for unfamiliar, non-statistical journals, or for non-traditional research output such as software development; (iii) Multiple and sometimes conflicting expectations when holding joint appointments; and (iv) Higher service demands including grant reviews, refereeing, consulting, and supervision/training of non-statistics graduate students. Strategies for successful promotion that showcase appropriately one's interdisciplinary research contributions, as well as views on necessary institutional changes, will be offered and solicited.

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