Ten Simple Rules

Thank goodness for open-access journals! 

This useful article comes to us by way of PLOS Computational Biology, and it presents “Ten Simple Rules to Combine Teaching and Research.”

If you’re not a scientist, don’t be put off by the article’s source–its rules apply to all kinds of research.  And don’t forget to check out its references for more valuable advice on this important topic.

Here’s the shorthand version, but be sure to read the whole article:

Rule 1: Strictly Budget Your Time for Teaching and for Doing Research

Rule 2: Set Specific Teaching and Research Goals

Rule 3: “Don’t Reinvent the Wheel”

Rule 4: Don’t Try To Explain Everything

Rule 5: “Be Shameless in Bringing Your Research Interests into Your Teaching”

Rule 6: Get the Most in Career Advancement from Bringing Your Research into Your Teaching

Rule 7: Compromise, Compromise, Compromise

Rule 8: Balance Administrative Duties with Your Teaching and Research Workload

Rule 9: Start Teaching Early in Your Career

Rule 10: Budget Time for Yourself, Too


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