ECAN promotes, connects, enables and represents the careers and interests of Early Career Academics at UNSW
* Enabling ECAs to make strategic and informed decisions about their career trajectory and goals
* Promoting and facilitating ECA leadership across the key strategic areas of academic excellence, social engagement and global impact
* Providing space for ECAs to network and share knowledge at faculty and university level
* Connecting the wider UNSW community with a valuable ECA population
* Representing the voice of ECAs at Academic Board.
Slow Vs. Fast Scholarship: Navigating the Tension
ECAN is thrilled to announce that our flagship Scientia Series event returned for the fifth time in 2019. This year's topic: Slow vs. Fast Scholarship: Navigating the Tension.
With increasing pressure from universities for higher publication rates and metrics, there seems to be less space for slow scholarship. However, because of the evolving nature and speed of academia, it is worth evaluating the merits and consequences of slow scholarship in such a climate. Who benefits from slow scholarship? Does it sustain research impact? Given this tension between job demands and personal academic growth, how can ECA’s successfully navigate this new terrain?
Our 2019 Scientia Lecture Series included a lively panel discussion about the viability and importance of slow vs fast scholarship in the current academic climate. The panellists discussed how they have navigated the tension between slow and fast scholarship and provided critical insights on how ECAs entering the world of metrics and rankings may do the same. Following the panel session, attendees enjoyed refreshments while networking.
Prof Eileen Baldry, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Criminology at UNSW Sydney
Prof Ana Deletic, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Professor of Water Engineering at UNSW Sydney
Prof Andrew Martin, Scientia Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology at UNSW Sydney
Prof Joel Pearson, Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Future Minds Lab at UNSW Sydney
Prof Mattheos Santamouris, Scientia Professor and Anita Lawrence Chair Professor in High Performance Architecture at UNSW Sydney
Prof Sean Emery, Senior Vice Dean - Research and Operations and Professor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney
View the most recent ECAN event 'Navigate Your University', which took place on 1 August 2019 below.
Dear ECA, please note the upcoming ECAN event "Navigate Your University" to explore different facilities available at UNSW for ECAs. Event is being held at Kensington and Canberra concurrently! Lunch will be provided.
Date: 8 April 2020
Venue: Civil Engineering 109 (Kensington)
SR 04, Building 32 (Canberra)
Science ECAN provides a supportive platform to assist Early Career Academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Science to pursue successful careers at UNSW. Click here for more information.
Engineering ECAN is a network that exists to support Early Career Academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Engineering. Click here for more information.
Medicine ECAN provides a supportive platform to assist Early Career Academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Medicine and affiliated centres to pursue successful careers at UNSW. Click here for more information.
FASS ECAN represents and advocates for Early Career Academics in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Click here for more information.
The Built Environment ECAN (Early Career Academic Network) is a group established in 2020 to represent, connect, and support Early Career Academics (ECAs) in the Faculty of Built Environment (FBE). Click here for more information.
ECAN has been closely involved in developing the ECA Support Guideline, which offers a framework for ensuring ECAs at UNSW are provided a supportive and collegial work environment, and are well positioned to pursue a successful academic career. You can read the Guideline online here.
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- UNSW Academic staff within seven years (relative to opportunity) of having been awarded a PhD or recognised equivalent;
- Appointment is at Level A-C.
The term ECA includes any employee who fits the requirements above, irrespective of whether the employment is:
- in a research-focused role, an education-focused role, or a combined research and education role; and
- in a continuing or fixed-term position.
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