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An Academic Life: A handbook for new academics

An Academic Life: A handbook for new academics

Author(s): Editors: R Cantwell & J Scevak

Publisher: ACER Press 2010

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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.

About the editors

Dr Robert Cantwell is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Newcastle. His research interests lie in the broad field of learning theory and its applications to educational and professional settings. His specific interests lie in the area of metacognition and learning, with a focus on how individuals think about and respond to the complex intellectual and affective demands of learning and professional practice.

Dr Jill Scevak is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle in the discipline of educational and developmental psychology. She is also a registered psychologist in NSW, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and an executive member of the Newcastle branch of the APS. Her research interests are in the field of cognitive psychology and, in particular, individual differences in the management of cognition, metacognition and affect in learning across a variety of learning contexts: primary, secondary, tertiary and professional.

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