Individual and Team

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

The position paper 'Room for everyone's talent' argues that academics should not only be evaluated on their individual achievements, but also on their contributions to the team, the department, the consortium, the research and educational institution, the faculty and the wider university community of which they are a part.
Also the term ‘academic citizenship’ fits into this context: after all, a ‘good academic’ also contributes to the ‘greater whole’. The aim is to achieve a better balance between a strong foundation in the discipline and the (multidisciplinary) collaboration that is often necessary to properly examine contemporary complex scientific and social issues from multiple perspectives. When working in teams, tasks can be divided in such a way that individuals draw on their own competences to make unique and valuable contributions to shared goals. There is also a growing awareness that individual academics cannot be asked to excel in all key areas (i.e., be a ‘jack of all trades’). Academics have certain key competences that may be more suited to one area than another, and they must make choices between the areas in terms of time investment, depending on where their ambitions lie at that point in their careers. ‘Teamwork’ can have great potential across the four key areas (not the individual but the team can excel in all four areas), and within each of the four key areas (e.g., joint education, outreach or management tasks).