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Job Satisfaction around the Academic World

Volume 7 of the series The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective pp 29-53

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Factors Associated with Job Satisfaction Amongst Australian University Academics and Future Workforce Implications

  • Peter James BentleyAffiliated withL.H. Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management, University of Melbourne
  • , Hamish CoatesAffiliated withL.H. Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management, University of MelbourneAustralian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
  • , Ian R. DobsonAffiliated withHigher Education Governance and Management Unit, University of HelsinkiSchool of Education and Arts, University of Ballarat Email author 
  • , Leo GoedegebuureAffiliated withL.H. Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management, University of Melbourne
  • , V. Lynn MeekAffiliated withL.H. Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management, University of Melbourne

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Abstract

Australian academics appear to be fairly critical when it comes to their valuing of the attractiveness of the academic profession. On the set of indicators constructed for this volume, Australians, together with their British colleagues, score the lowest. This chapter provides some possible explanations for this, drawing on the policy reforms that have confronted the sector over the last two decades. It also highlights a particular feature of the current profession that so far has not received much attention internationally, namely, its substantive use of casuals in both teaching and research. Combining these issues and trends with the imminent retirement of large groups of senior academics, this chapter concludes with a series of strategies that could be implemented to increase the attractiveness of the profession.