Demystifying the Academic Research Enterprise
Becoming a Successful Scholar in a Complex and Competitive Environment
350 pp., 6 x 9 in, 47 b&w illus.
- Published: December 19, 2023
- Publisher: The MIT Press
What next-generation scholars need to know in order to thrive, and how they can actively participate in shaping the academic research enterprise.
The academic research enterprise is highly complex, involving multiple sectors of society and a vast array of approaches. In Demystifying the Academic Research Enterprise, Kelvin K. Droegemeier shows next-generation scholars across all disciplines how to become more productive earlier in their career, as well as how to help shape the academic research enterprise. The topics covered include public perceptions of scholarly work and its use in policy; understanding the big picture of funding and national priorities as well as identifying funding sources; research methods; collecting data and materials; writing grant proposals; publishing results; ethical conduct; bias and peer review; intellectual property and compliance regulations; partnerships and collaboration; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the future of research.
Droegemeier's two principal goals are to enhance and accelerate scholars' understanding of the academic research process and to democratize that understanding, particularly at institutions that traditionally are underrepresented or lack robust resources. While intended for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career faculty, Demystifying the Academic Research Enterprise is also relevant to mid-career and senior faculty, research administrators, funding organizations, congressional staff, policymakers, and the general public. Droegemeier places scholars in a broader national and international context—not as passive recipients of the existing system but as key actors who actively participate in helping to set priorities, determine policies, drive systemic change, and advance knowledge.
“A convincing call for re-envisioning roles and responsibilities of researchers and stakeholders across our colleges and universities, this book advances plentiful ideas for placing collaboration and democratization at the forefront of our nation's research enterprise.”
Clifton Conrad, Vilas Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison; co-author of Learning with Others
“Droegemeier offers comprehensive insights on advancing research concepts from funding to collaborative, ethical implementation and broad impact. This book will reach a range of academic institutions with vibrant advice, accessible to all – undergraduates to seasoned investigators.”
Susan Rundell Singer, President, St. Olaf College; former Division Director, National Science Foundation
“This book unveils the hidden curriculum of academia. It will be an excellent comprehensive resource for graduate programs, and for anyone interested in pursuing a career within or adjacent to academia.”
Sarah C. Fankhauser, Associate Professor of Biology, Oxford College of Emory University