Recognition and rewards of Academics at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Dutch version: www.ru.nl/fsw/ew

What is this about?

A nation-wide discussion is taking place in Dutch academia around the theme of ‘Recognition and Rewards of Academics’. This discussion was partly prompted by the position paper Room for everyone’s talent, in which VSNU, NFU, KNAW, NWO and ZonMw called for modernising the system of recognition and rewards of academics 'Room for everyone’s talent'. At the heart of this discussion is the question: ‘What do we consider to be a good academic?’

Before we can answer this question, it is important that we, as academics, agree on which key areas we want to recognise and reward within academia, how we deal with quantity and quality of performance, and how we reward individual and team academic performance.

Partly in response to the national discussion, a RU committee Recognition & Rewards (R&R) has been set up at Radboud University. With the discussion paper “You have a part to play!”, the committee kicked off a broad discussion about modernising the system of recognition and rewards at RU.

It is now up to the faculties themselves. On 1 September 2021, Prof. Sabine Geurts and Dr. Hanneke den Ouden, at the request of the board of the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), started the project ‘A more balanced perspective on recognition and rewards of academic achievements at FSS’. They are supported in this effort by a writing group and a steering committee. Under the heading above you can see:
(i) The main question/aim of this project and how it is linked to the strategy of FSS;
(ii) Who, in addition to Sabine Geurts and Hanneke den Ouden, are part of the writing group and the steering committee;
(iii) The target groups this project will focus on during this academic year;
(iv) The timeline: The activities we have undertaken and are going to undertake; 
(v) What this project will deliver.

Key Areas

Academic quality will be determined by performance in these key areas: research, education, impact and leadership.

Quantity and Quality

There is another issue within the four areas, but especially within the research area: quality versus quantity.

Individual and Team

The word ‘teams’ appears repeatedly in the national debate on a new balance in the recognition and rewards of academics.

RU Commitee R&R

The RU committee R&R, chaired by Prof. Paula Fikkert, is made up of 12 members from all the faculties and advocates for the following four principles

Balanced perspective on recognition and rewards of academic achievements

On 1 September, FSS launched the project ‘A more balanced perspective on recognition and rewards of academic achievements at FSS’.