The Transcultural Academic: Cosmopolitanism and the Imagined Community of the Global Academy

By Cally Guerin and Ian Green.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The forces of globalisation and internationalisation are currently transforming the demographic of Australian universities. A significant feature of this is geographic mobility for both academic staff and students. However, while much of the research focuses on the experiences of international students, very little has been published on the academic staff who relocate from other cultures and countries to work in Australian universities.

This paper reflects on the preliminary findings of a study undertaken at The University of Adelaide in South Australia which investigated the experiences of English as an Additional Language (EAL) academics. It considers the concept of cosmopolitanism in the context of the imagined community of the contemporary internationalised academy.

Keywords: Higher Education, EAL Academics, Multicultural Academy, Cosmopolitanism, Academic Mobility

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.17-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.120MB).

Dr. Cally Guerin

Lecturer, Researcher Education and Development, Adelaide Graduate Centre, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Cally Guerin is a lecturer in Researcher Education and Development in the Adelaide Graduate Centre at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. She teaches in the Effective Supervision Program for academic staff and the Integrated Bridging Program - Research for international postgraduate research students.

Dr. Ian Green

Coordinator, Staff Programs, Researcher Education and Development, Adelaide Graduate Centre, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Ian Green coordinates the Effective Supervision Program and the Future Research Leaders Program at the University of Adelaide. He researches in the areas of language, culture and cognition. He also has research interests in elearning and a background in Australian Aboriginal languages.

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