From 'ECR' to 'strategic academic' : reconstucting personal narrative as institutional text
Grace, Lauri 2007, From 'ECR' to 'strategic academic' : reconstucting personal narrative as institutional text, in Australian Association for Research in Education International Education Research Conference ‘Research impacts : proving or improving?’, Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-14.
In response to a report that universities focused more on research performance than teaching performance, the Australian government in 2003 introduced a number of policy initiatives including the Learning and Teaching Performance Fund. To establish their eligibility to bid for allocations from this fund, many universities introduced teacher training programs as an integral part of their probation and promotion practices for new academic staff.
As an 'Early Career Researcher' I am currently participating in such a program, in which I must familiarise myself with institutional policies on governance, compliance, and strategic direction, and develop a career plan to position myself to achieve my personal career goals while advancing the organisational and strategic goals of my institution.
This paper uses an institutional ethnographic analysis of my experience to explicate the processes by which an Early Career Researcher actively participates in developing new ways of knowing that construct how I think, talk and write about myself, my goals and my professional work. I argue that developing the required career plan involves producing a text based account that renders selected parts of my work and professional identity visible in terms that are ultimately determined by government policy on higher education.
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