I need a(nother) job title
September 3, 2014 6:00 PM Subscribe
I am an academic in a small program at an Australian university. My official title is Senior Lecturer. The head of our research group would like me to come up with an extra role description/job title for myself to encapsulate the responsibilities I take on within our group. I have two main responsibilities: building research connections and collaborations across different departments in the university, and developing our new MA programme. With that in mind, what could an appropriate title be?
posted by lollusc to Work & Money (13 answers total)
The head of our group said that ideally I would be "Deputy Director" of the group, but apparently university rules say that groups can't have "directors". Only centres can have directors. So I can't use the term "director" in the title.
I also want to avoid terms like "facilitator" or "coordinator" since they generally get used for non-academic staff, and being female, I get mistaken for administrative support staff often enough already. I'm not sure I really want to highlight my teaching responsibilities in the title either, as teaching tends to get less respect than research and I don't want to get pigeonholed as the person who doesn't do the research (which wouldn't be accurate, anyway).
Our group already has the following role titles for other people:
Research Projects Officer
Research and Technical Development Manager
(All of these apart from the last one are non-academic staff.)