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Academic wellbeing

CHEF Research Seminar. Speakers: Sandra Acker, Professor Emerita, Department of Social Justice Education, University of Toronto, Canada and Gina Wisker, Professor, Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Brighton, United Kingdom.

16.01.2020 | Frederik August Lynegaard Norup

Dato fre 19 jun
Tid 14:00 16:00
Sted Danish School of Education, Campus Emdrup, room D120. Video-link to Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Aarhus University, Campus Aarhus, building 1483, room 656.

The title of Sandra Acker's presentation is ‘Academic well-being: does it mean going slow?’.

Sandra Acker’s presentation is about the fast professor, the alter ego of Berg and Seeber’s (2016) Slow Professor, a book that reflects a growing Canadian and international interest in adapting a more considered and more humane pace of life to the world of academe. ‘Professor’ is used in the North American sense, as a synonym for ‘academic’ at any stage.  In Canada, as elsewhere, academia has changed in important ways over recent decades, as neoliberal trends have altered the everyday working practices of academics, contributing to widespread anxiety and instability. One such trend is a growing expectation that academics will apply for and obtain external research funding. This expectation may be at odds with the availability and difficulty of acquiring such funding.

This talk draws on semi-structured, qualitative interviews conducted with 11 mid-career scholars in the field of Education in four universities in Ontario, Canada, and asks: How do mid-career Education scholars understand and respond to contemporary pressures around securing and carrying out externally funded research?  The participants talk about getting funded; juggling time, life, and productivity; navigating hindrances and supports; and working all the time. While ‘slow’ appears to be a path to well-being, it is at best elusive and not simply a personal choice.

The title of Gina Wisker's presentation is ‘Wellbeing in doctoral education’.