- Reader (academic rank)
The title of Reader in the United Kingdom and some universities in the Commonwealth nations like Australia and New Zealand denotes an appointment for a senior academic with a distinguished international reputation in research or scholarship. It is an academic rank above Senior Lecturer (or Principal Lecturer in the New Universities), recognising a distinguished record of original research at a level of a full Professorship. In the British ranking, for some universities a Reader could be seen as a Professor without a Chair, similar to the distinction between professor extraordinarius and professor ordinarius at some European universities, Professor and Chaired Professor in Hong Kong and Professor B and Chaired Professor in Ireland. Both Readers and Professors in the UK would correspond to Professors in the US.
The promotion criteria applied to a Readership in the United Kingdom are similar to those applied to a Professorship: advancing from Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor in the United States and Hong Kong) to Reader requires evidence of a distinguished record of original research as well as a significant record of teaching excellence and service to the university.
An incompatibility of ranking systems between different (English-speaking) countries makes the position of Reader difficult to place outside the context of the United Kingdom. A similar title used in some countries, for instance in Sweden, is Docent, which is officially translated in English as Reader.
- ^ Graham Webb, Making the most of appraisal: career and professional development planning for lecturers, Routledge, 1994 (page 30) ISBN 0749412569
- ^ Newcastle University
- ^ University of London
- ^ Lancaster University
- ^ Open University
- ^ University for the Creative Arts
- ^ http://www.lth.se/fileadmin/lth/omlth/personalfragor/Readership_instruct_060925.pdf
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