Postdoctoral scholars in a faculty of education: navigating liminal spaces and marginal identities

Lydia E. Carol-Ann Burke, Jennifer Hall, Wilson A de Paiva, Angela Alberga, Guanglun M Mu, Jeanna P Leigh, Monica S Vazquez

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    Abstract

    The last decade has seen a slow but steady increase in the number of postdoctoral scholars employed in faculties of education. In this article, seven postdoctoral scholars who worked in the same Canadian faculty of education explore their past positionings within the postdoctoral space. We share personal narratives related to issues of agency and identity in our relatively ill-defined positions. Similar to other early career academics, our reflections expose key concerns surrounding clarity of expectations, workload and work/life balance, and issues related to community and collegiality. In addition, we identify institutional or structural constraints that need to be reconciled in order to support postdoctoral scholars in their aspirations for success on personal and institutional levels. We provide recommendations and invite dialogue with regard to this emerging role in faculties of education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)329-348
    Number of pages20
    JournalArts and Humanities in Higher Education
    Volume18
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

    Keywords

    • Postdoctoral scholars
    • faculty of education
    • academic identity
    • agency
    • othering

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