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Is Pretenure Interdisciplinary Research a Career Risk?


Fisher, EV and Mackey, KRM and Cusack, DF and DeSantis, LRG and Hartzell-Nichols, L and Lutz, JA and Melbourne-Thomas, J and Meyer, R and Riveros-Iregui, DA and Sorte, CJB and Taylor, JR and White, SA, Is Pretenure Interdisciplinary Research a Career Risk?, Is Pretenure Interdisciplinary Research a Career Risk?, EOS, American Geophysical Union, United States, 93, 32, pp. 311-312. (2012) [Newspaper Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1029/2012EO320004


Despite initiatives to promote interdisciplinary research, early-career academics continue to perceive professional risks to working at the interface between traditional disciplines. Unexpectedly, the inherent practical challenges of interdisciplinary scholarship, such as new methodologies and lexicons, are not the chief source of the perceived risk. The perception of risk is pervasive across disciplines, and it persists despite efforts to support career development for individuals with common interests [Mitchell and Weiler, 2011]. Suggestions that interdisciplinary work can go unrewarded in academia [Clark et al., 2011] foster a concern that targeting interdisciplinary questions, such as those presented by climate change, will pose problems for acquiring and succeeding in a tenure-track position. If selfpreservation limits the questions posed by early-career academics, a perceived career risk is as damaging as a real one to new transdisciplinary initiatives. Thus, institutions should address the source of this perception whether real or specious.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:interdisciplinary research; early career research
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Other environmental sciences
Research Field:Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Melbourne-Thomas, J (Dr Jessica Melbourne-Thomas)
ID Code:83611
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2013-03-19
Last Modified:2013-06-27
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