This book is dedicated to all scholars from all over the world that choose very difficult profession and struggle nowadays with "publish and perish" academic culture. The empirical study presented in the book focuses on academic teacher stress. We applied qualitative research design to identify stressors experienced by scholars employed at Polish universities. These stressors referred to such main categories, as: teaching, workplace, research, pressures, conflicts and collaboration. The academic collaboration was found as highly stressful factor due to a variety of reasons, however networking appears to be a leverage to academic career, especially while confronted with recently observable strong pressure to publish in top-tier journals. This book emphasizes the complexity of academic stress and networking and suggests facilitating these aspects in policy making in higher education.
STRESS IN THE WORK OF ACADEMIC TEACHERS - THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE 13
The nature of teacher stress 13
Research on teacher stress 14
Defi ning teacher stress and related notions 15
Sources of teacher stress 18
Sources of teacher stress according to Kyriacou 19
Scholar's individual features determining their proneness to stress 31
Cross-cultural differences and stress 37
The symptoms of teacher stress 38
The effects of teacher stress 41
RESEARCH DESIGN WITH REGARD TO FACTORS INFLUENCING ON ACADEMIC STRESS 47
The research gap 47
The study objectives and general research approach 48
Research population 50
Informants' selection 51
Informants' characteristics 51
Field research procedure 52
Interviewing individuals 53
Focus group interview 57
Data analysis 58
Appendix: Part 1. The scenario of an in-depth interview with an academic teacher 60
Appendix: Part 2. Scenario of a focus group interview with academic teachers 65
FACTORS EVOKING STRESS AMONG ACADEMIC TEACHERS - QUALITATIVE STUDY RESULTS 67
Stressors associated with teaching at university 68
Discipline problems 68
Problematic students 69
The lack of student motivation 71
Stressors associated with the workplace 73
The atmosphere in the workplace 73
Rat race among teachers 74
University authorities and administration 74
More experienced colleagues 76
Stressors associated with being a researcher 78
Doing research 78
Writing peer reviewed papers 79
Applying for funds 79
Reading and writing in English language 80
Attending conferences 81
Stressors associated with pressures exerted over academic teachers 81
Exam pressure 82
Time pressures 83
Overload and bureaucracy 83
Stressors associated with conflicts 85
Role conflicts 85
Work-family conflicts 86
Teaching/research conflicts 87
COLLABORATION AS A STRESSOR AND A LEVERAGE FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS 89
The meaning of academic collaboration - what do we know so far? 91
Growing interest in academic collaboration as the research phenomenon 91
The multidimensional picture of networking in academia 93
The link between networking and the scholar's success 94
Academic collaboration as a stressor and a leverage to scholar's career - results of a focus group interview 99
Aspects of academic collaboration causing stress of scholars 99
Collaboration as a leverage to scholar's career 105
CHAPTER SUMMARY 109
APPENDIX: AN EXEMPLARY TRANSCRIPT OF AN IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW 115
Anna Ligia Wieczorek, PhD. Research assistant at University of Bielsko-Biała, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on applied linguistics, English teaching methodology, also business English teaching, and academic networking. She is experienced researcher especially through applying qualitative research methods with regard to various social and economic phenomena.
Maciej Mitręga, PhD. Associate professor and head of Department of Business and Consumer Relationship Management at the University of Economics in Katowice. He was Marie Curie Research Fellow and then Honorary Research Fellow at Manchester Business School. His research focuses mainly on dynamic business networking, relationship marketing and academic networking. He has published his work in several recognizable journals, including Long Range Planning, Industrial Marketing Management and International Journal of Operations and Production Management.
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