Research: Chris Callaghan

Chris Callahan (1)I am an Associate Professor in the School of Economic and Business Sciences. I am a qualified teacher with school teaching experience (economics). My research on academic work suggests academic staff may have intrinsic motivational structures which differ according to whether an individual derives primary job satisfaction from teaching or research; and that academics can therefore be intrinsically more motivated by one or the other (although ‘hybrids’ exist).

Arguably, career time and effort investments in these can be skewed towards the ‘researcher,’ with the ‘teacher’ facing persistent lack of recognition, despite heavy time investments and high emotional labour. I argue that teachers in all universities should be promoted all the way to full professor level, if their teaching excellence warrants this; parity needs to exist between teaching and research in promotional criteria.

In a global higher education context of seemingly increasing casualization, together with what seems to be an aggressive trend in higher education toward business-oriented cost minimization and performance maximization, I am cautious of potentially serious consequences of ‘commercialization’ of the academic space. My research also suggests innovations in research, or innovative research productivity, is fundamentally unsuited to academic contexts run as businesses, or according to private corporate logics.