Academic work: a sessionalised future?

Suzanne Ryan, Asit Bhattacharyya, Karen McNeil

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionpeer-review


Looking back to trends over the past decade, listening to policy announcements and predictions, and considering the structural changes in Australian higher education, it’s hard to avoid concluding that the future of academic work will be predominantly of a precarious nature. This paper reports on case study research examining the extent to which sessional teaching academics are willing and able to join the permanent workforce. Based on an online survey of sessional academics in a faculty of business and law, findings highlight half the sample was willing and able to do this but university systems conspired against them. Without recruitment of sessional academics to replenish an aging and strained academic workforce, the march toward a sessionalised future for academic work will continue.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Subtitle of host publicationthe future of work and organisations
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781877040870
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (25th : 2011) - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 7 Dec 20119 Dec 2011


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (25th : 2011)
CityWellington, New Zealand


  • Future of employment
  • Risk
  • Talent Management
  • Ageing workforce


Dive into the research topics of 'Academic work: a sessionalised future?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this