The strategies presented here are based on the literature on research productivity and on interviews with chairs and deans of 37 departments, colleges, and schools in the University of Minnesota system, all highly ranked nationally for their research capacity and accomplishments, yet representing diverse disciplines, college types, and community settings. The end result is an engaging exposition of best practices and lessons learned that readers can adopt as is or otherwise adapt to best fit their own institutional settings.
1 Blueprint for This Book: A Literature–Based Model of the Research–Productive Organization.
2 Faculty Recruitment and Selection.
3 Clear Goals That Coordinate Work and Emphasize Research.
4 Shared Culture and Positive Group Climate.
6 Interdisciplinary Collaboration.
7 Communication With Colleagues: Professional Networks.
10 Sufficient Time for Research.
12 Brokered Opportunity Structure.
13 Faculty Size and Diversity: The Right Mix of Expertise and Experience.
14 Leadership and Governance.
15 Final Take–Home Lessons.
Appendix A: Study Origins and Methods.
Appendix B: Pre–Interview Survey.
Appendix C: Semi–Structured Interview Protocol.
Appendix D: Senate Working Group Project on Research Productivity.
Appendix E: Demographic Survey Results of Participating Departments (n = 32).
Appendix F: Brief Narrative Description of the University of Minnesota.
Appendix G: Leaving the University of Minnesota: Results of an Exploratory Survey of Departed Faculty, 1997 2000.
Appendix H: Related Works.