Professional Growth in Academics

Original Editor - Ajay Upadhyay

Top Contributors - Ajay Upadhyay and Gayatri Jadav Upadhyay  

A Guide To Professional Growth in Academics for Physiotherapists

Physical Therapy education has evolved to become a discipline in its own right. With demands on faculties to be socially responsible and accountable, there is now increasing pressure for the professionalisation of teaching practice. Developing a cadre of professional and competent teachers, educators, researchers and leaders for their new roles and responsibilities in academics requires guidelines. However its not an easy task. It requires supportive institutional leadership, appropriate resource allocation and recognition for academic excellence.

This page will act as a guide to assist those charged with preparing faculty for their many new roles in teaching and education in allied health science education. These guidelines can be used by faculty developers to systematically plan, implement and evaluate their professional growth programmes. It will include the major trends and driving forces in academics that we believe will shape future of a Physiotherapist in Academics.

There’s A Difference Between Teaching And Reaching!!

Somewhere down the lane in routine academic life of an Academic PT, surely a thought pops out - "Where is my life going?". There are many PTs who have no clue how professional growth occurs in academics. Its not merely teaching or getting hike in salary, but way beyond.

Developing skills in different arena

1. Teaching 2. Networking 3. Mentoring 4. Educational leadership 5. Administration 6. Adult learning theory 7. Curriculum design and evaluation 8. Educational research and scholarship 9. Career advancement 10.Negotiating for resources 11.Managing finances 12.Self-promotion 13.Building informal networks 14.Writing for professional journals 15.Procuring grants 16.Building research programs 17.Conflict and time management 18.Balancing career and family 19.Communication Skills

Word count

Word count should be <1500 words


name, position, institution of all authors + address for correspondence

Abstract synopsis

outline the material to be covered, depth it will be covered in and recent key publications in the area (maximum length 250 words)

Background or context


discussion of a topical aspect or an area of physiotherapy, If the area is controversial then a balanced discussion should be provided. Where view points are the author's opinion this hsould be made clear.


summary or article. Points for further discussion including how to continue the discussion, ie online. Points for further research.

Funding and Declarations

funding for the systematic review and any potential conflicts of interest

Author Biography

include a short biography for each author and a link to their profile in Physiopedia



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