CYGNA: Internal versus External promotion
Since moving to the UK, I have been involved in running CYGNA. The network was established in June 2014 as a combined initiative of Argyro Avgoustaki, Ling Eleanor Zhang, and Anne-Wil Harzing, later joined by Shasha Zhao. The name CYGNA derives from the female version of the Latin word for SWAN (Supporting Women in Academia Network). The main objective of the group is to promote interaction among female academics based in the London area and to provide a forum for learning, support, and networking. We typically hold five meetings a year with a mix of presentations and informal discussions. A quick overview of the topics covered can be found here. A full list of the blogposts of our 2014-2018 meetings can be found at CYGNA: Resource collection for the summer holidays. We also maintain a readings and inspirations section for female academics and have a Twitter hashtag #cygna_london. If you are interested in being on the mailing list and/or attending our events please contact Anne-Wil Harzing (firstname.lastname@example.org).
22nd meeting 28 September 2018 (Middlesex University)
Last year when we met at Middlesex University, I said our favourite meeting place on the Middlesex campus was the Hendon Town Hall. But for today's meeting Shasha had managed to secure an even better room: the Vice Chancelor's Board Room. This is the most prestigious room on campus that normally only hosts senior management team and professorial meetings. How symbolic for the theme of our meeting: Promotions in academia!
As always we had a mixed group of old-timers and new participants. In the last category we had: Xiaoning Lu (SOAS, London), Emma Gardner (University of Birmingham), Sarah Otner (Imperial College London, via Skype), Erica Howard (Middlesex University, Law School) and Sylwia Ciuk (Oxford Brookes University), Carole Couper (Sheffield University, via Skype), Diletta Pegoraro (Birmingham University, via Skype), Helen Cai (Middlesex University, Business School).
This time we also had five participants via Skype; you can see the laptop with the open connections below! One of them, my former PhD student Shea Fan, was even following us from Melbourne (Australia) even though our 3pm start equated to a midnight start for her. That shows true dedication to learn about promotion applications! Shea also has a forthcoming guest post on my blog: Managing expatriates’ identity: subtle desire, big impact
International vs external promotion
For the first meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year we talked about one of the most controversial topics in academic life: promotion applications. Given that I have gone through one external and two internal promotion applications (not counting the unsuccessful ones!) I volunteered to share mhy experiences. My full presentation can be downloaded here: It is so unfair! Internal vs. external promotion [presentation download]
In the presentation - which can be downloaded in full here - I covered the following topics:
- Why is promotion so central to our academic discourse and identity?
- Internal vs external promotion
- General reflections
- Seven reasons why external promotion is generally easier to achieve
- The gender context: yes bias does play some role
- Seven advantages of internal promotion
- Tips for promotion applications
- Some personal reflections
My presentation was based on a 4-part blogpost series that had been published on my blog in weekly installments in September. You might enjoy reading it. The series was also republished by the London School of Economics Impact Blog.
- Part 1: Internal vs. external promotion
- Part 2: Seven reasons why external promotion is easier
- Part 3: Seven advantages of internal promotion
- Part 4: Tips for promotion applications
- Would you ask a male academic the same question?
- Female academics: Wives of the organization?
- Be proactive, resilient & realistic!
- The four P's of publishing
- How to ensure your paper achieves the impact it deserves?
- Presenting your case for tenure or promotion?
- CV of failure
- When to say no?
- How to prevent burn-out? About staying sane in academia
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Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.