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An Academic Life : A Handbook for New Academics - Robert H. Cantwell

An Academic Life

A Handbook for New Academics

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Academic life is complex and adjusting to life as a new academic requires a range of skills and abilities to fulfil the multiple roles the academic must play as researcher, teacher and administrator.

An Academic Life assists in the process of orienting new academics to the nature of academic life, particularly greater accountability in all aspects of academic life, growth in the numbers of academic staff, and increasing demands and expectations from the growing student population. This title addresses the key areas of academic work: teaching and learning; research, research training and publication; administration and community service; and the social and cultural aspects of academic life.

Robert Cantwell and Jill Scevak have brought together new academics and experienced educators from a variety of discipline backgrounds to provide clear and practical insights into the journey of entering the world of academic life. Any new academic will find this book an invaluable resource for conceptualising and contextualising the academic world they are now part of.

At one time, every new lecturer thinks, `I wish there was a handbook on how to be an academic'. With the publication of An Academic Life there finally is! The case studies add hugely to the accessibility of the theoretical materials and help to limit the isolation of the new academic feeling, `Why does this only happen to me!' The book provides the foundational questions a new staff member should think about when constructing courses, organising their workload and thinking strategically about a long-term academic career. I would highly recommend it Dr Kathleen Butler senior Lecturer, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle

Forewordp. iii
About the editorsp. vii
Authorsp. viii
Some introductory thoughtsp. 1
Stories of new academics
Learning how to be an academic - The story of a new academic in the sciencesp. 6
Learning how to be an academic - The story of a new academic in educationp. 10
Teaching and learning
Aligning intellectual development with curriculum, instruction and assessmentp. 16
The nature of academic learningp. 25
Assessment: Principles and practicep. 35
Lecturesp. 45
The tutorial as cognitive apprenticeship: Developing discipline-based thinkingp. 55
Supporting scholarly tutors to conduct effective tutorialsp. 65
Teaching and learning in a laboratory settingp. 75
Teaching online: Issues and challenges for on-campus and distance instructionp. 83
Teaching within diversityp. 97
Research and research training
Preparing for a career as a researcherp. 110
Writing for publicationp. 120
Research training: Supervising and managing research studentsp. 130
Administration and community service
Academic administration: Becoming involvedp. 140
Professional activities and community servicep. 150
Academic workplace
Academic life: An interpersonal dimensionp. 160
A lifeline for emerging academicsp. 173
Academic work: A developmental perspectivep. 182
Some concluding thoughtsp. 192
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ISBN: 9780864319081
ISBN-10: 0864319088
Series: A Handbook for New Academics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st August 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43