Toes, Coat-tails and Shoulders: Collaboration, co-authorship and career opportunities from an ECR perspective

Bedford, Alison ORCID: (2020) Toes, Coat-tails and Shoulders: Collaboration, co-authorship and career opportunities from an ECR perspective. In: 26th Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Group Research Symposium: Research Relationships and Supports: Facilitating Research Through Collaboration (2020), 27 Nov 2020, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Entree into the wider academic research community can be a challenge to recently graduated PhDs who are yet to secure ongoing or permanent employment in academia. This paper will share my experience of fostering collegial relationships with senior researchers which have in turn opened up an array of opportunities in employment, publishing, research and grant acquisition which would not have been possible alone. Having established a positive profile through strong performance in teaching contracts, opportunities for co-authored publications have become available. The reciprocal nature of this co-authorship meant that as an ECR I gained experience and guidance in navigating the processes of publication and also had support in further developing ideas. This collaboration then resulted in contact with other senior academics and the opportunity to join a research team as part of the USQ Open Educational Practice grants project. While approaching more well established academics with similar research interests may feel like you are stepping on toes or riding on coat-tails, the experiences and exposure gained allow ECRs to stand shoulder to shoulder with leaders in their field, gaining opportunities and experiences that would otherwise not be possible until later in one’s career.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 23:18
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 03:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: ECR, collaboration, professional networks, academic publishing
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified

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