Quackademia: A Personal Reflection on the Prevalence of Insecure Employment in Australian Universities

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X (2019) Quackademia: A Personal Reflection on the Prevalence of Insecure Employment in Australian Universities. In: 24th Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference (AAWP 2019), 25-27 Nov 2019, Sydney, Australia.


Abstract

In August last year, the NTEU reported that two in three people employed by Australian universities do not have secure employment. In April this year, The Conversation published an article about the ‘benefits and challenges’ of employing casual academics. The authors of the article advocate for university administration to manage their casual staff more equitably and effectively, and to offer more permanent positions. At the same time, however, the article suggests that casual staff ‘pose risks’ to student satisfaction and the quality of the student learning experience. In response to backlash on Twitter and to a shared push by several academics to publish a rejoinder to the article, The Conversation cited their ‘no response’ policy and encouraged readers to reply to the article in the comments section instead: a move at odds with the publication’s mandate to facilitate conversation and add to debate. This paper turns a critical eye to The Conversation’s charter and shares anecdotal evidence of some of the outlet’s questionable publishing codes and practices. These stories are garnered from the experiences of several arts and humanities academics who publish – or attempt to publish – with the media outlet. The paper offers insights into the problems instigated and exacerbated by the process of casualisation.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2020 02:12
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2021 00:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: the academic precariat; higher education; creative writing; creative arts; casualisation
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280109 Expanding knowledge in education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40301

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