Navigating the demands of academic work to shape an academic job

Brew, Angela, Boud, David ORCID logoORCID:, Crawford, Karin and Lucas, Lisa (2018) Navigating the demands of academic work to shape an academic job. Studies in Higher Education, 43 (12) . pp. 2294-2304. ISSN 0307-5079 [Article] (doi:10.1080/03075079.2017.1326023)

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Findings from interviews with mid-career academics in English and Australian universities elucidate how academics interpret and navigate complex institutional contexts in shaping academic jobs. The paper argues that how they do this is a function of what they notice and respond to as well as the mode of reflexivity they employ. Three core areas are seen to affect academics sense of agency as they shape their own jobs: how they orient themselves to the world around them including the academic
institution and department; their underlying goals and purposes as they seek to have a fulfilling role; and how they relate to structural conditions of the workplace. The paper argues that understanding academics’ differing foci of awareness in these areas is helpful to institutional policies and strategies.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 25819
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 10/05/2017, available online:
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Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 15:38
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