Shifting landscapes: from coalface to quicksand? Teaching Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences in Higher Education
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In this paper we examine contemporary academic working lives, with particular reference to teaching-only and teaching-focused academics. We argue that intensification in the neoliberal university have significantly shifted the structure of academic careers while cultural stories about those careers have not changed. We call for academics to re-examine our collective stories about standard academic career paths. Challenging the stories and making visible the ways that they create and multiply disadvantage is a crucial step in expanding the possibilities for academic identities and careers. The paper begins by describing teaching-focused academics within the context of the wider workforce. We then draw on narratives of those in these roles to illustrate the processes which (re)inscribe their marginalisation. We uncover the gendering of teaching-focused academic labour market. We end the paper by suggesting interventions that all academics can take and support to address the issues we highlight.
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Published online 6 June 2016