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Ethical responsibilities of tenured academics supervising non-tenured researchers in times of neoliberalism and precarity

Smithers, Kathleen, Harris, Jess, Goff, Mhorag, Spina, Nerida, Bailey, Simon (2021) Ethical responsibilities of tenured academics supervising non-tenured researchers in times of neoliberalism and precarity. Journal of Educational Administration and History, . ISSN 0022-0620. E-ISSN 1478-7431. (doi:10.1080/00220620.2021.1881458) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:85840)

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Abstract

Neoliberal reform of the university sector has resulted in increasing numbers of academics employed on casual or fixed-term contracts. While there is an emergent body of literature on issues of precarity in the academy, relatively little attention has been paid to the roles and responsibilities of those tenured academics who employ and manage non-tenured researchers. The work involved in hiring and managing a contract researcher is rarely acknowledged or supported, and managers receive little to no training. In this paper, we draw on Dorothy Smith’s feminist sociological approach to analyse interviews with 22 non-tenured researchers to examine how managerial relationships shape the employment experiences of those working precariously. We argue that tenured academics have ethical responsibilities to provide a working environment that is fair, supports the ongoing development and wellbeing of non-tenured staff, and challenges dominant discourses of precarious academics as ‘other’.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00220620.2021.1881458
Uncontrolled keywords: Precarious employment; contract research; universities; neoliberalism; ethical leadership
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Simon Bailey
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2021 15:54 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/85840 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Smithers, Kathleen: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7301-5658
Harris, Jess: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4584-6993
Goff, Mhorag: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4936-2881
Spina, Nerida: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2923-0104
Bailey, Simon: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9142-2791
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