Changing academic identities in changing academic workplaces: learning from academics’ everyday professional writing practices

Lea, M.R. and Stierer, B. 2011. Changing academic identities in changing academic workplaces: learning from academics’ everyday professional writing practices. Teaching in Higher Education. 16 (6), pp. 605-616.

TitleChanging academic identities in changing academic workplaces: learning from academics’ everyday professional writing practices
AuthorsLea, M.R. and Stierer, B.
Abstract

In this article we examine issues of academic identity through the lens of academics’ everyday workplace writing, offering a complementary perspective to those already evident in the higher education research literature. Motivated by an interest in the relationship between routine writing and aspects of professional practice, we draw on data from interviews with 30 academics across three different universities. Our discussion is illustrated with excerpts from interview data, and is organised around three emerging themes: ‘reconstructing academic identities in a shifting academic workplace’, ‘considering new articulations of disciplinarity’, and ‘moving on from the golden age’. We conclude that the reconstruction of academic identities, through engagement with established and emerging workplace documents, may well be enabling academics to build new identities within the changing university.

JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Journal citation16 (6), pp. 605-616
ISSN1356-2517
Year2011
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13562517.2011.560380
Publication dates
Published2011

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