Effective promotion applications

Collates links to all ten blogposts in the academic promotion series

In 2018, I wrote a 4-part blogpost series on the difference between internal and external promotion in academia. It turned out to be one of the most popular series on my blog. However, readers have indicated that it can be hard to get an overview of the recommendations. It is also a bit tricky to navigate between the blogposts.

On this page I have therefore included links to all ten separate blogposts as well as all of their sub-sections. In due course it will also feature recorded presentations on each of the blogposts. For now you can download the slides of a presentation I gave at the CYGNA women's network here: It is so unfair! Internal vs. external promotion [presentation download]

Finally, academics often struggle to "calibrate" what is expected of them at different career stages. I have found this British Academy of Management Framework to be very helpful in this respect and I highly recommend it.

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

Academic promotion tips

Over the years, I have worked with many colleagues on their internal promotion applications to Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, and full Professor. In doing so, I came up with tips and guidelines that may be helpful for you too.

Academic promotion tips (1) - Understand the process

Academic promotion tips (2) - Treat your application as a journal submission

Academic promotion tips (3) - Evidence your impact in Research & Engagement

Academic promotion tips (4) - Evidence your impact in Teaching & Learning

Academic promotion tips (5) - Evidence your impact in Leadership & Service

Academic promotion tips (6) - Craft your career narrative