Engaged academics? dilemmas for early career academics

Star, Cassandra (2004) Engaged academics? dilemmas for early career academics. In: Education and Social Action Conference 2004, 6-8 Dec 2004, Sydney.


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Despite the commitment to engagement with the broader community that is central to understandings of the role of academics within the university tradition, there are now significant barriers to the performance of this role. Significant changes in the management, funding and priorities of universities (prompted by government policy) have created conditions where community engagement comes a distant third in the lives of contemporary academics behind research and teaching. Some have suggested that community engagement is not just a low priority activity in modern academia, but one that is consciously discouraged through waning academic freedoms, more tenuous employment circumstances, and restrictive codes of conduct conditions at several universities (Polya 2001/2002).

This paper argues that while there has been much discussion of the privileging of research over teaching, the value and commitment to community service remains at the margins of reality and debate in Australian universities.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:09
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:45
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2533

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