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Scholarship reconsidered: implications for reward and recognition of academic staff in schools of nursing and beyond

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Aims This paper discusses the issues facing the nursing academic workforce and the

    development of a project at the University of Wollongong in Australia which

    attempts to address this problem.

    Background The project draws on Boyers work around scholarship reconsidered

    to enable new ways of thinking about the nature of research and how the work of a

    diversifying workforce can be recognized and rewarded within institutions.

    Methods We conducted a series of interviews with senior university staff to identify

    key issues around academic promotion processes. Feedback from these interviews,

    along with extensive internal and external consultation and benchmarking, will be

    used to redraft promotion documentation that includes discipline-specific

    performance expectations.

    Results Interviews revealed a number of perceived and actual barriers to promotion

    of academic staff who did not conform to a traditional view of research

    expectations. It was widely felt that unspoken expectations about research

    performance were being used to judge applications for promotion, and that this

    disadvantaged people from practice or professional backgrounds, or people who

    had heavy administrative or clinical roles.

    Conclusions Internal university processes need to reflect the reality of a diversified

    workforce. Practice and professional disciplines have responsibilities beyond

    meeting traditional research output measurements. More flexible and transparent

    expectation guidelines and career development pathways are needed to build

    holistic schools and faculty and enable maximum staff productivity.

    Implications for nursing management By redefining scholarship, schools and

    faculties are able to meet the multiple demands of the government, the institution,

    individual staff, students and the profession. Not everyone can do traditional

    research all the time, and staff involved in other scholarly work should be able to

    rewarded and promoted. By taking the lead in this issue, nursing as a discipline can

    set its own agenda, and pave the way for other disciplines. It can also go a long way

    to solving issues around the dwindling academic workforce.

UOW Authors


  •   Smith, Kylie (external author)
  •   Crookes, Patrick (external author)
  •   Else, Fabienne (external author)
  •   Crookes, Ellie K.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Smith, K. M., Crookes, P. A., Else, F. & Crookes, E. (2012). Scholarship reconsidered: implications for reward and recognition of academic staff in schools of nursing and beyond. Journal of Nursing Management, 20 (2), 144-151.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84863408551

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2788

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 144

End Page


  • 151

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Aims This paper discusses the issues facing the nursing academic workforce and the

    development of a project at the University of Wollongong in Australia which

    attempts to address this problem.

    Background The project draws on Boyers work around scholarship reconsidered

    to enable new ways of thinking about the nature of research and how the work of a

    diversifying workforce can be recognized and rewarded within institutions.

    Methods We conducted a series of interviews with senior university staff to identify

    key issues around academic promotion processes. Feedback from these interviews,

    along with extensive internal and external consultation and benchmarking, will be

    used to redraft promotion documentation that includes discipline-specific

    performance expectations.

    Results Interviews revealed a number of perceived and actual barriers to promotion

    of academic staff who did not conform to a traditional view of research

    expectations. It was widely felt that unspoken expectations about research

    performance were being used to judge applications for promotion, and that this

    disadvantaged people from practice or professional backgrounds, or people who

    had heavy administrative or clinical roles.

    Conclusions Internal university processes need to reflect the reality of a diversified

    workforce. Practice and professional disciplines have responsibilities beyond

    meeting traditional research output measurements. More flexible and transparent

    expectation guidelines and career development pathways are needed to build

    holistic schools and faculty and enable maximum staff productivity.

    Implications for nursing management By redefining scholarship, schools and

    faculties are able to meet the multiple demands of the government, the institution,

    individual staff, students and the profession. Not everyone can do traditional

    research all the time, and staff involved in other scholarly work should be able to

    rewarded and promoted. By taking the lead in this issue, nursing as a discipline can

    set its own agenda, and pave the way for other disciplines. It can also go a long way

    to solving issues around the dwindling academic workforce.

UOW Authors


  •   Smith, Kylie (external author)
  •   Crookes, Patrick (external author)
  •   Else, Fabienne (external author)
  •   Crookes, Ellie K.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Smith, K. M., Crookes, P. A., Else, F. & Crookes, E. (2012). Scholarship reconsidered: implications for reward and recognition of academic staff in schools of nursing and beyond. Journal of Nursing Management, 20 (2), 144-151.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84863408551

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2788

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 144

End Page


  • 151

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom