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Promoting academics. Warren Smart Principal Research Analyst Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis & Reporting Ministry of Education. Overview. The academic promotion process Data and method Results Conclusions. Research questions. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Promoting academicsWarren SmartPrincipal Research AnalystTertiary Sector Performance Analysis & ReportingMinistry of Education

  • OverviewThe academic promotion processData and methodResultsConclusions

  • Research questionsWhat are the factors associated with the likelihood of academic promotion?Do these factors vary among broad subject panels?

  • The academic promotion processStaff submit an application for promotion with evidence of their performance in:TeachingResearchServiceReferees are also used to provide evidence of performance

  • The academic promotion processLecturerSenior lecturerAssociate professorProfessorSource: University of OtagoSustained competenceSustained outstanding competenceSustained outstanding leadership

  • Data who is being analysed?University staff who:were lecturers, senior lecturers or associate professors in 2003participated in both the 2003 and 2006 Quality Evaluationssubmitted evidence portfolios in the 2003 Quality EvaluationAround 3,100 staff

  • DataDemographicAge, genderEmployment relatedInstitutionAcademic rank (2003 & 2006)Quality category (2003)Number of submitted research outputs (2003)New and emerging (2006)PBRF subject panel (2006)However, data is not available on performance in the teaching or service areas

  • MethodLogistic regressionDependent variable measures whether staff were promoted or not. OLS regression is not appropriate.Logistic regression examines the association between the explanatory variables and the likelihood of being promoted. Holds all other factors constant.

  • Probability of being promoted

  • Higher research quality positive association with likelihood of being promoted* Note that all staff who received an A in this panel in 2003 were promoted.

  • Higher research output positive association with likelihood of being promoted

  • Higher academic rank negative association with likelihood of being promoted

  • Age association with likelihood of being promotedProbabilityofpromotionAge

  • Age association with likelihood of being promoted

  • Other resultsGenderNo difference in likelihood of men and women being promotedExperienceNew and emerging staff less likely to be promoted in Education and Humanities & Law

  • ConclusionsResearch performance and initial academic rank are key factors associated with the likelihood of promotion in all subject panels.There is some variation in these associations among subject disciplines, mainly in terms of the size of the association.May reflect the weighting placed on research in certain subject panels by promotions committees.

  • For more analysis and statistics relating to the tertiary education sector go to: