ERIC Number: EJ1132130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Constructions of Success in Academia: An Early Career Perspective
Sutherland, Kathryn A.
Studies in Higher Education, v42 n4 p743-759 2017
Expectations around success in academia vary, and early career academics often receive conflicting messages about what they should concentrate on to achieve promotion or tenure. Taking a social constructionist approach, this paper considers the constructs of objective and subjective career success in academia and shares the perspectives of early career academics in three countries in relation to these narratives. Key findings are that objective career success in academia dominates the literature but remains ill-defined in the minds of the early career academics to whom the measures are applied, and that subjective career success in academia needs both more research attention and more consideration in promotion, tenure, and workload deliberations and policies.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Academies, Tenure, Qualitative Research, Research Projects, Higher Education, Semi Structured Interviews, Foreign Countries, Faculty Promotion, Career Development, Constructivism (Learning), Success, College Faculty, Communities of Practice, Job Satisfaction, Life Satisfaction, Faculty Workload
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; New Zealand; Sweden