Thriving in the third space: A case study for developing academic professionals through the "Scholarship Boost" program

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Bartlett, Cristy and Hargreaves, Wendy. 2023. "Thriving in the third space: A case study for developing academic professionals through the "Scholarship Boost" program." 16th Biennial Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference (AALL 2023). 22 - 24 Nov 2023
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Thriving in the third space: A case study for developing academic professionals through the "Scholarship Boost" program

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AuthorsBartlett, Cristy and Hargreaves, Wendy
Number of Pages22
Year2023
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttps://www.flinders.edu.au/engage/culture/whats-on/aall23conference
Conference/Event16th Biennial Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference (AALL 2023)
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16th Biennial Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference (AALL 2023)
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Biennial Conference of the Association of Academic Language and Learning (Special Issue of Journal of Academic Language and Learning)
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Online
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22 to end of 24 Nov 2023
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Like many universities, the University of Southern Queensland recently underwent a structural realignment of academic language and literacies services. Our new model includes a centralised team positioned alongside other student support services, where we provide discipline aligned support within the curriculum and adjacent to curriculum in a largely online environment. During the transition, our reclassification from academic to professional status generated uncertainty in our identity, concern for a loss of scholarly gravitas, and insecurity about continuing research in our field. In addition to concerns about academic loss, the change in classification led to a consideration of what scholarship and evidence-based practice look like in the third space, between, and overlapping with, both academic and professional domains (Whitchurch, 2008). This paper presents a case study of The Scholarship Boost program which was developed to address these concerns.

The Scholarship Boost provides regular and purposeful time and space for team members to explore, experiment and negotiate our scholarly identity within in the third space. Intentional exploration of how academic and professional roles intersect provides potential to inform our practice. In this paper, we will explain the elements of The Scholarship Boost program, how it is delivered and how staff have engaged with the experience. The Scholarship Boost is proving to be a positive tool for individually and collectively re-sculpturing our identity and discovering new potential to operate effectively in the third space.

Whitchurch, C. (2008). Shifting identities and blurring boundaries: The emergence of third space professionals in UK higher education. Higher Education Quarterly, 62(4), 377-396. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2273.2008.00387.x

KeywordsScholarship, academic, professional, third space
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