Sceptics, utilitarians and missionaries: senior managers' perceptions of engagement in a research intensive Australian university

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Cuthill, Michael and Brown, Alinta. 2010. "Sceptics, utilitarians and missionaries: senior managers' perceptions of engagement in a research intensive Australian university." Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement. 5 (2), pp. 126-146.
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Sceptics, utilitarians and missionaries: senior managers' perceptions of engagement in a research intensive Australian university

ERA Journal ID123353
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCuthill, Michael (Author) and Brown, Alinta (Author)
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal of University Community Engagement
Journal Citation5 (2), pp. 126-146
Number of Pages21
Year2010
Place of PublicationLismore, Australia
ISSN1833-4482
Web Address (URL)http://engagementaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/vol5_no2_2010.pdf
Abstract

Senior managers at Australian universities are increasingly being asked to plan and manage for engagement. However there
appears to be confusion as to what engagement entails, and how engagement relates to both everyday operational tasks and to the purpose of the university more broadly. This paper provides rich description of senior managers' perceptions of engagement at one research intensive Australian university. Currently, senior managers' perceptions of engagement vary significantly, to the point of opposing perspectives. The spectrum of values and
perceptions can be clustered around three personas: Sceptics, Utilitarians and Missionaries. Despite the differing perspectives and considerable confusion about engagement, there is broad support from all senior managers for the University to progress an institutional engagement agenda. Results presented in this paper highlight the misconceptions, opportunities and constraints confronting one university looking to adopt an engagement mission.

Keywordsengaged scholarship; community engagement; civic mission; engagement audit; engagement mission
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
350799. Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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© 2010 The Australian University Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA Inc.) No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the copyright holder.

Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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