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Early Career Academics in New Zealand: Challenges and Prospects in Comparative Perspective

  • Adds the early career academic voice to The Changing Academy series

  • Provides a research-based overview of the challenges and prospects facing early career academics, particularly in New Zealand universities

  • Considers the experiences and perceptions of different groups of early career academics (Maori and women, in particular)

  • Provides links to online, adaptable resources for individual academics, academic leaders, and universities to better support early career academics


About this book


What does it mean to be starting an academic career in the twenty first century? What challenges and prospects are new academics facing and how are they dealing with these? This book provides answers to these questions through an investigation of the experiences of early career academics in New Zealand universities. Filling a gap in the international literature on the academic profession by providing a comprehensive overview of the experiences of New Zealand academics, the book includes research findings from a national survey covering all eight New Zealand universities. This research is also compared with various findings from the 2007 Changing Academic Profession survey in 19 other countries. The book encourages readers to think about the early career academic experience in New Zealand in relation to their own experiences of the academic profession internationally.

Key areas of focus in the nine chapters include: the teaching, research, and service preferences and activities of early career academics; work-life balance; satisfaction; the experiences of Māori academics; and professional development and support for all early career academics. Underpinning the book is the issue of the socialisation of early career academics into the academic profession in the twenty first century, and how structure and agency interact to affect that socialisation. Suggestions are made, and links to freely available online resources are provided, for improving socialisation at the individual, departmental, institutional, and national levels.


The changing academic profession in New Zealand Research on early career academics The relationship of this research to the CAP project Analysis of work-life balance realities and challenges Linda Hagedorn’s (2000) conceptual model The experiences of migrant academics in New Zealand The experiences of Maori academics in New Zealand

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Early Career Academics in New Zealand: Challenges and Prospects in Comparative Perspective
  • Authors Kathryn A. Sutherland
  • Series Title The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective
  • Series Abbreviated Title Changing Academy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-61829-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87173-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-61830-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 201
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    International and Comparative Education
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