'Pawns and prawns': International academics' observations on their transition to working in an Australian university

Sue Okerson SALTMARSH, Teresa SWIRSKI

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Abstract

Internationalisation in the Australian higher education sector has most usually been considered in relation to issues concerned with the attraction, retention and experience of students studying both on and offshore at Australian universities. Less attention has been paid to the experiences of the international academics that represent a significant percentage of the increasingly heterogeneous Australian academic workforce. In this paper, we consider findings from an exploratory study of international academics working at a multi-campus university in regional Australia. We draw on interview data to consider international academics' observations about their experiences of transition to work and community life. Based on these data, we suggest that institutional cultures play an important role in the transitional experiences of academics working outside their country of origin. We consider the implications of these findings for recruitment planning, workplace induction and other programmes aimed at staff development and retention. Copyright © 2010 Association for Tertiary Education Management and the L H Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-301
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Volume32
Issue number3
Early online dateMay 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Citation

Saltmarsh, S., & Swirski, T. (2010). 'Pawns and prawns': International academics' observations on their transition to working in an Australian university. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 32(3), 291-301. doi: 10.1080/13600801003743505

Keywords

  • Academic mobility
  • Academic staff
  • Globalisation
  • Induction
  • Internationalisation
  • Transition

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