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

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

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2011.560380

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.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 31124
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1470-1294
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Not SetNot Set‘Practice-based Professional Learning’ CETL at The Open University
    Not SetNot Set‘Centre for Excellence in Professional Learning from the Workplace’ at the University of Westminster
  • Keywords
  • academic identity; academic practice; academic literacies; academic workplace
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Research Group
  • Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2011 Taylor & Francis
  • Depositing User
  • Mary Lea

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