The Benefits and Challenges of Faculty–Student Research Partnerships

Patrick Bijsmans*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter engages with the theme of doing research with students. As many of us are confronted with conflicting demands to publish excellent research, do fabulous teaching, and engage in related (and sometimes not so related) administrative tasks, it is worth considering ways in which to combine teaching and research. While one may ideally want to teach subjects that exactly fit our research expertise, we are not always able to do so, for instance, due to constraints that follow curriculum design. Another possible way of combining teaching and research is through research partnerships between faculty and students. Anecdotal evidence suggests that such partnerships are relatively rare in political science. However, faculty–student research partnerships are quite common in disciplines such as engineering, psychology, and the sciences. Consequently, there is also abundant literature in those fields that engages with the design of such partnerships and the accompanying benefits and challenges. What can political science learn from this literature? This chapter outlines the main benefits and challenges of faculty–student partnerships through a discussion of literature blended with practical experience. It concludes by offering advice that might inspire you to engage in faculty–student partnerships yourself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Teaching and Research in Political Science
EditorsCharity Butcher, Tavishi Bhasin, Elizabeth Gordon, Maria Carter Hallward
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9783031428876
ISBN (Print)9783031428869
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2023

Publication series

SeriesPolitical Pedagogies


  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Faculty-student partnerships
  • Publishing
  • Academic careers
  • Students


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  • Teaching-research integration

    Bijsmans, P. & Wyatt, S., 2 Feb 2023

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