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Success and Relational Agency in Academia: The Experiences of Early Career Academics (ECAs) in NZ Universities. Dr Kathryn Sutherland Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand [email protected]

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Success and Relational Agency in Academia: The Experiences of Early Career Academics (ECAs) in NZ Universities

Dr Kathryn Sutherland

Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

[email protected]

(Project Team Members: Dr Pam Williams and Dr Marc Wilson)

the project
The Project
  • Factors influencing success, productivity and satisfaction of ECAs
  • Variations in organisational expectations and personal aspirations
  • Institutional and personal processes and support
  • Resources at a national and local level
the project team
The project team

All from Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Kathryn Sutherland, Associate Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Team Role: Principal Investigator
  • Dr Pamela Williams, Sustainability Consultant
    • Team Role: Researcher
  • Dr Marc Wilson, Associate Professor, Psychology
    • Team Role: Researcher and Statistical Consultant
the need for the project
The need for the project
  • BIG GAP between external/institutional and personal expectations
the need for the project cont d
The need for the project, cont’d…
  • BIG GAP between external/institutional and personal expectations
  • If “successful” ECAs report a LACK OF SATISFACTION AND BALANCE, what is happening for the rest?
  • Importance of the FIRST FEW YEARS of learning in any new job
factors influencing success
Factors influencing success
  • Institutional support and resources
  • Prior experiences
  • Personal characteristics
      • Resourcefulness
      • Resilience
      • Relationships/relational agency
      • Academic citizenship
      • Balance

http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-hub/ako-aotearoa-central-hub/resources/pages/success-and-impact-early-career-academics-two-new-z

research design
Research Design
  • Builds on already published research
  • Multi-method approach – interviews, questionnaires, focus groups
  • Includes participants from all eight New Zealand universities (up to 54 interviewees and up to 96 focus group participants, as well as up to 800 questionnaire respondents)
  • Triangulation and role of reference group
impact on practice for enhanced learner benefit
Impact on practice for enhanced learner benefit
  • Academics are learners too, as Developing Scholarly Habits (DSH) programme at Victoria is demonstrating
  • Potential new induction and support programmes and resources in universities (and other institutions)
  • Better balance and satisfaction among academics will flow on to benefits for students, too
progress to date
Progress to date
  • Ethics approval granted
  • Interviews conducted at two of the four remaining universities (the other two will happen in May)
next steps
Next steps
  • Data analysis of Phase One
  • Literature review
  • National questionnaire of all ECAs
  • Focus groups with ECAs
  • Focus groups with management/admin/reps of “the university”
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