In preparation for the submission of my thesis, I presented a small seminar on my research findings to colleagues and friends at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education last week. Below is the 80 word summary of what I've been doing for the last 3 years and a copy of my slides is available here:
Title: Academic staff and international engagement: motivations and drivers in Australian higher education
Abstract: By many measures, the internationalisation of Australian higher education is a great success story. Yet questions remain as to whether internationalisation has changed the work of academic staff. Adopting a case study approach, this study has investigated the international dimensions of academic work in Australia and the various factors which influence that work. The study conceptualises a typology of international engagement, with findings relating to national context for internationalisation and a complex interplay between personal, disciplinary, institutional and external influences.