Floor Rink is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour of the Faculty of Economics and Business. She is a social and organizational psychologist.
The theme of Floor Rink’s research is diversity. She focus on the way that people with different opinions or backgrounds function within organizations. The questions that interest her are: under which conditions can people express their opinions in a group without encountering problems, how do you ensure that people from a different background contribution all they can to the organization and how can you help them to move on to higher positions?
Why are you working at the University of Groningen?
I studied in Groningen and graduated here, before doing a PhD in Leiden. I was then offered a tenure track in Groningen, an offer that I couldn’t refuse. The main reason for returning to Groningen was the research climate. The University of Groningen has a lot of expertise in the area of group dynamics and group processes, which increases the opportunities for collaboration, including with other faculties. For example, I work with researchers from the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. Working with colleagues to find answers to fundamental problems from various different perspectives is exhilarating. In addition, you’re surrounded by young people at the University. I find it inspiring to work with PhD students at the beginning of their career.
The University of Groningen is a no-nonsense university that keeps its promises. People from Groningen are very down-to-earth. Everyone is treated fairly, but there are no stars. Having said this, your work is appreciated, which is also important. The lines of communication with management are short, which makes it easier to get things done.
The demands made on tenure track staff are tough but realistic. It’s hard work but if you do your best, a permanent contract or even a professorship is definitely within your reach. The supervision is excellent and the preconditions are clear and well-organized. The tenure track is an individual track, but your research will only succeed if you collaborate with others. The University of Groningen provides all the facilities. You’re given every opportunity, and it’s up to you to grab it with both hands.
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