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Research mentoring on the edge : early career researchers and academic fringe-dwelling

Sutherland-Smith, Wendy, Saltmarsh, Sue and Randell-Moon, Holly 2011, Research mentoring on the edge : early career researchers and academic fringe-dwelling, in HERDSA 2011 : Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education Volume 34 : Refereed papers from the 34th HERDSA Annual International Conference, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc, Milperra, N.S.W., pp. 330-339.

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Title Research mentoring on the edge : early career researchers and academic fringe-dwelling
Author(s) Sutherland-Smith, Wendy
Saltmarsh, Sue
Randell-Moon, Holly
Conference name Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference (34th : 2011 : Gold Coast, Qld.)
Conference location Gold Coast, Qld.
Conference dates 4-7 July 2011
Title of proceedings HERDSA 2011 : Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education Volume 34 : Refereed papers from the 34th HERDSA Annual International Conference
Editor(s) Krause, K.
Buckridge, M.
Grimmer, C.
Purbrick-Illek, S.
Publication date 2011
Conference series Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference
Start page 330
End page 339
Total pages 10
Publisher Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc
Place of publication Milperra, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) research mentoring
Early Career Researcher
higher education
Summary Discourses of research leadership define not only what quality research leadership can and should be, but also identify those who speak and act with authority. Similarly, these discourses construct particular professional identities and idealised ‘ways of being’. They provide possibilities for research leaders as well as those categorised as 'Early Career Researchers' (ECRs) to create alternative identities and representations of themselves. This study reports the views of 32 academics across 16 Australian universities in four States about research mentoring and leadership for ECRs. The primary interest was to explore how research leadership is conceptualised, implemented and negotiated in the disciplinary fields of business, nursing and education. Whilst a number of ECRs viewed formal research mentoring as taking a ‘tick the box’ approach that they believed of limited value, a number of research leaders had different views. Most senior research leaders viewed the systemic provision of assistance their universities offered in a positive light. The dissonance in views centred on the subject positioning of academics in research. The dissatisfaction expressed by ECRs, a number of whom positioned themselves as fringe-dwellers ‘on the edge’ of their institutional research culture, raises questions about research sustainability and succession planning in Australian tertiary
institutions.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 090855785X
ISSN 1441-001X
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2011, HERDSA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048858

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