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[–] iwasauniprofessor [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Having a smoke. Brb

Ok, well it depends on the university. Generally universities will have policies on how many research papers professors will have to put out during their contract. The reason for this is that they get grants from the government based on their publishing history. Now the problem with this is that the US has a style where you teach and publish at the same time, this is insanely difficult with the burden of teaching and correcting courses, which results in shitty research papers that go nowhere. The EU has a different approach where you can either be a lecturer or a researcher within a university (either straight teaching 'lecturer' or pure research 'researcher'). This is a much better approach because research is time consuming to put it nicely.

In general people who teach in university are active in their area of research either by contract stipulation or simply because it's something that they would do without being paid.