Being “In and Out”

Providing Voice to Early Career Women in Academia

  • Narelle Lemon
  • Susanne Garvis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
    1. Narelle Lemon, Susanne Garvis
      Pages 1-6
  2. Being in the Academy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Annette Hilton
      Pages 31-42
    3. Narelle Lemon
      Pages 43-54
  3. Being In But Seen as Out

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Tseen Khoo
      Pages 57-67
    3. Kylie Budge
      Pages 69-78
  4. Being Out and Moving In of Academia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Rebecca Miles
      Pages 81-92
    3. Mia O’brien
      Pages 93-102
    4. Rochelle Fogelgarn
      Pages 103-115
    5. Sarah-Jane Lord
      Pages 117-127
    6. Betina Przybylak
      Pages 129-140
  5. Being Out, Looking In

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Christine Healey
      Pages 153-163
    3. Narelle Lemon, Susanne Garvis
      Pages 165-170

About this book


This book is about a network of women who as a collective and individuals can share their stories to indeed help themselves as well as others. Our stories as¬sist in the telling and retelling of important events. Reflecting on these events allow the ‘processing’, ‘figuring out’ and ‘inquiring’, leading to behavioural actions to change situations. The fact that we are women unites us as we have common elements with our roles both within academia, in our families, and in society. The women in this study share their narratives in an open dialogue. Their journey into and out of academia is constructed from “a metaphorical three-dimensional inquiry space” (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000, p. 50). The space enables the authors to capture and communicate the emotional nature of lived experiences (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000). The self-studies explore the changes in social and contextual approaches that are attached to working and studying in higher education. The book provides a narrative of the “ups” and “downs” that female academics have individually and collectively encountered while moving “in” and “out” of academia. Making these stories known establishes a sense of collaboration and com¬munity. This action serves to perpetuate and further develop the established pedagogy and look to improve practice. A community practice seeks to locate the learning in the process of co-participation (building social capital) and not just within individuals (Hanks, 1991). It allows females to come together to share experience and discuss ways forward.


academia higher education women

Editors and affiliations

  • Narelle Lemon
    • 1
  • Susanne Garvis
    • 2
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityAustralia

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