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Constructions of success in academia: an early career perspective

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posted on 23.02.2021, 04:18 by Kathryn Sutherland
© 2015 Society for Research into Higher Education. 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.

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Sutherland, K. A. (2017). Constructions of success in academia: an early career perspective. Studies in Higher Education, 42(4), 743-759. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1072150

Journal title

Studies in Higher Education

Volume

42

Issue

4

Publication date

01/01/2017

Pagination

743-759

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

05/08/2015

ISSN

0307-5079

eISSN

1470-174X

Language

en