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Beyond the Academic Gateway

Looking back on the Tenure-Track Journey

edited by Timothy Sibbald & Victoria Handford

contributions by Cecile Badenhorst, Lee Anne Block, Joan Chambers, Cam Cobb, Frank Deer, Lyle Hamm, Lloyd Kornelsen, Onowa McIvor, Heather McLeod, Peter Milley, Sylvia Moore, Greg Ogilvie, Sharon Penney, Sarah Pickett, Gregory Rickwood, Maria del Carmen Rodriguez, Margarida Romero, Patricia Rosborough, Manu Sharma, Kathy Snow & Gabrielle Young

Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa Press
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Sep 2020
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Tenure is a pivotal decision for the academy. If it is earned it provides security and permanence, creating further academic freedom to pursue research and interests important to the institution and to society. If it is not earned then the peer review process provides clarification for why it has not being earned.
Beyond the Academic Gateway: Looking back on the Tenure-Track Journey brings together lived experiences of academics around the time of the tenure decision. The authors in this book explore the complex relationship between academics, the academy as an ideal, and universities as an enactment of that ideal.
Personal growth is evident and shows diversity of experience, as the maturing relationships with the role and workplace unfurl. Where tenure-track is a very personal journey, the period around tenure is necessarily a form of engagement with peers. Yet it has challenges, particularly in a milieu where academic freedom is being nurtured. Individual authors negotiate their choices between their personal objectives and institutional mandates and policies. Simultaneously, after years in the tenure-track, they continue to be evolving as academics, whether through personal growth or by seeking changes in the academy itself.
While the book is stand-alone, it was written by the same scholars who wrote about their tenure-track experiences in The Academic Gateway, making the pair of books a remarkable longitudinal collection.
Part of the Lives in the Canadian Academic Landscape series.

About the authors

Timothy M. Sibbald is Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. His primary focus pertains to mathematics education. He is the editor of The Gazette, a math education publication for teachers produced by the Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators.


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Victoria Handford is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University. She is also the Coordinator of Graduate Programs. Her research interests include school, and school district leadership, and trust.  


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Cecile Badenhorst is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education in the Adult/Post-Secondary programs at Memorial University. She teaches courses on academic literacies and adult teaching. She has published three books in this area: Research Writing (2007), Dissertation Writing (2008), and Productive Writing (2010).


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Lee Anne Block is a teacher educator at the University of Winnipeg. Her research and teaching are focused on how we name and engage with difference in educational locations and on cultural sustainability. She recently completed Gandhi, Globalization and Earth Democracy, a course on sustainability with Vandana Shiva, in residence at Navdanya, India. For twenty years, she was a classroom teacher in Winnipeg.


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Joan M. Chambers is a professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University. She teaches elementary science and environmental education to teacher candidates in the BEd program. In the graduate program, Joan teaches introductory and qualitative research-methods courses; science, technology, society, and environment (STSE); and science curriculum.


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Cam Cobb teaches in the Faculty of Education and Academic Development at the University of Windsor. His research focuses on such topics as social-justice issues in special education, co-teaching in adult-learning contexts, and narrative pedagogy in the arts.


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Frank Deer is an Assistant Professor and current Director of Indigenous Initiatives in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. Frank holds an earned PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and is published in the area of Indigenous Education. Frank has been awarded funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for his work in ancestral languages. He is the current President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Indigenous Education.

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Lyle Hamm is an Assistant Professor in Educational Administration and Leadership at the University of New Brunswick. He teaches face-to-face, online, and blended pedagogy courses in teacher supervision, educational theory, school culture, leadership theory and leadership in culturally diverse schools. His research, broadly speaking, focuses on the impact of demographic change on teachers, students, administrators, schools, and community members. In 2015, he was presented with the Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching at UNB.


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Lloyd Kornelsen has worked in the field of education for the past 28 years, primarily as a high-school social-studies teacher. His recently published book, Stories of transformation: Memories of a global citizenship practicum, is based on research for which he was awarded the Manitoba Education Research Network award for outstanding achievement in education research. Currently, Lloyd is as a member of the Faculty of Education and Director of the Global EducationProject at the University of Winnipeg.


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Heather McLeod is the co-owner of Makaria Farm and the cofounder of the successful community grain-growing project, Island Grains. She is a passionate believer in re-skilling and founder of the Renaissance Women, a group dedicated to personal empowerment through relearning basic skills. Heather has been published in Small Farm Canada, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review and Room (of One's Own), and she writes a regular farming column for The Winnipeg Review.

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Sylvia Moore is assistant professor of Aboriginal community-based education at the Labrador Insitute, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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María del Carmen Rodríguez, PhD, is an assistant professor of Indigenous education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. Prior to her appointment, she worked as an early childhood educator and as an elementary school teacher for 20 years in Mexico. Dr. Rodríguez has published numerous articles and book chapters, and has presented scholarly papers throughout the Americas.

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Excerpt: Beyond the Academic Gateway: Looking back on the Tenure-Track Journey (edited by Timothy Sibbald & Victoria Handford; contributions by Cecile Badenhorst, Lee Anne Block, Joan Chambers, Cam Cobb, Frank Deer, Lyle Hamm, Lloyd Kornelsen, Onowa McIvor, Heather McLeod, Peter Milley, Sylvia Moore, Greg Ogilvie, Sharon Penney, Sarah Pickett, Gregory Rickwood, Maria del Carmen Rodriguez, Margarida Romero, Patricia Rosborough, Manu Sharma, Kathy Snow & Gabrielle Young)

Taken as a whole, the chapters in Beyond the Academic Gateway provide demonstrative evidence that the journey to tenure and earning of tenure is not a simple process. The chapters of this book show myriads of experiences, none of which say it is a ‘walk in the park.’ This is not to suggest that graduate schools are not preparing students with relevant skills—they are, yet in spite of years of preparation, this collection says the experience remains arduous.

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