Topic: Isolation

Stories from Australian academics in unit coordination roles that touch on the topic of isolation.

Relationships are the ‘heart’ of universities

I have lectured in this regional campus since it opened more than 20 years ago. I commenced as a sessional staff member and watched the campus grow and evolve. My concern of late is the poor attention paid to relationship … More…

Academic life in a regional campus

I have worked in the business school of this small, regional campus for more than five years now, although I do not coordinate a unit in the traditional sense. I see this campus as the ‘campus of second chance’ for … More…

Seeing myself differently

A young but experienced coordinator of a unit in education is a reflective practitioner and open to continuous learning. She owns up to her mistakes, and has overcome them through building collegial networks, being disciplined about her time and demonstrating a more relaxed attitude. More…

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Organised chaos

When she reflects upon her role this coordinator thinks ‘organised chaos’, labour intensity and the variety of abilities and skills she requires to perform all aspects of the role. She sees the time spent with staff as important to develop and support them. As a specialist she feels professionally isolated and worries about the rigour of developing a unit on her own. More…

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