We are more than halfway through the Magical Month of Academic Publishing Challenge and while there has been progress, it has not been magical. Moreover, I'm starting to stumble and backslide, just like how a diet goes from exciting and hopeful to boring and hard and you plateau, and before you know it, you've scarfed down two servings of chili cheese fries and convinced yourself they were "diet" fries. I'm going to have to take tomorrow to rededicate myself to the project and get back in touch with the magicalness of it all. I will remind myself that I have done a lot of rewriting and that I am pretty pleased with my new material. Chili cheese fries may be involved as part of this recommitment-to-research ceremony (I just wish that my dieting and bouts of intense writing could work with, rather than against, each other).
But, back to the title of this post, I am also looking ahead to my next project(s). And I may have the wherewithal to put a lot of time towards my research this summer, which brings me to the question of what my next reasearch project should be. What _is_ a research agenda, people? As I plan to make one final try at a permanent gig in the fall, what should I be working on this summer ---- my diss into a book? Another article culled from the diss? Writing a new article from scratch on my diss-related research? Or a new article on non-diss research to show I am more than a "one-trick pony"?
I have no clue what a, much less my, research agenda is. Or if I would need to have a different research agenda for different types of schools or departments. Surprisingly, Google is not helping me --- hardly anyone has defined what a research agenda is.
I found a thread on the Chronicle forums, “Research Program Outline?”
- I'm wondering if some of you might share what items should typically go in one's research program (or research agenda).So, that's a start at a definition. But it seems to be saying that a "research agenda" is more about planning out one project, rather than the entire trajectory of your research carreer. Is that right? I had assumed the term meant you were mapping out an arc for your life's work. If "research agenda" = book or project proposal, that's something of a much smaller scope. Maybe I can figure that out.
- Many job positions ask for a discussion of one's research agenda or research program; this is also very common during the tenrue review process (to explain how one's research hangs together). … A statement regarding a research program typically begins with a research question that is central to one's research. What is the puzzle that informs each of the research projects that one takes on?
Second, the statement will justify the significance of this research: Why is this research considered to be important in your field?
Third, the statement might discuss the data that the researcher is capitalizing on to address their research question. What are the data? How have they been collected? What makes these data more appropriate compared to past researchers?
Finally, a discussion would include a description of what the author has accomplished so far, what the researcher expects to produce in terms of future publications. In short, lay out what your production schedule will be over the next year or two; be as specific as possible.
When I was writing my prospectus, my dept. urged us to model the prospectus on grant proposals or requests for sabatticals, such as the requirements here or here. Again, these seem like book proposals rather than life trajectories.
So have I totally misunderstood what it means to have a research agenda? And would I have the same research agenda whether I applied to research or teaching schools? And can someone please make me an agenda, or plan out what I should be working on this summer for me? Kthxbai!