Towards measuring research supervision quality
Richard S J Tol 20 April 2014
Research supervision, unlike the quality of academic research, is rarely assessed. This column proposes an index that quantifies the quality of research supervision. It shows that, on average, good researchers make good supervisors. However, many excellent researchers do not excel at supervision, and many not well-published researchers make good supervisors. Such an index could be an additional motivational factor for academics.
Academics do many things. We teach, research, run departments, engage in public debate, and train young researchers. The outputs of some of these activities are routinely measured and thus play an important role in rewards and promotion. The standard and mostly widely followed measures involve publication outputs (see Hudson 2013 and Conley et al. 2011). Other activities are rarely assessed and thus left to the intrinsic motivation of the academic. Research supervision is one.
Frontiers of economic research
economic research, research quality, supervision quality