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

Bonnie Saltmarsh, Teresa Swirski

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    Abstract

    Internationalisation in the Australian higher education sector has most usually beenconsidered in relation to issues concerned with the attraction, retention and experienceof students studying both on and offshore at Australian universities. Less attention hasbeen paid to the experiences of the international academics that represent a significantpercentage of the increasingly heterogeneous Australian academic workforce. In thispaper, we consider findings from an exploratory study of international academicsworking at a multi-campus university in regional Australia. We draw on interview datato consider international academics' observations about their experiences of transition towork and community life. Based on these data, we suggest that institutional cultures playan important role in the transitional experiences of academics working outside theircountry of origin. We consider the implications of these findings for recruitment planning,workplace induction and other programmes aimed at staff development and retention.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)291-301
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
    Volume32
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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