Confronting the Reality of Casualisation in Australia: Recognising Difference and Embracing Sessional Staff in Law Schools

QUT Law and Justice Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 27-43, 2010

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2010-51

17 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2010

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Jill Cowley

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 5, 2010

Abstract

Casualisation of academic staff in universities and law schools is a reality. It is argued that sessional academics in law schools are atypical of sessionals across the sector and need training, resourcing and encouragement, which value their particular contribution and worth. The creation of a more specific program at the school level is described, and it is argued to be effective as it assists sessional academics to engage with the students, thereby improving the quality of student learning and enhancing the experience for these academics. Adopting a one-size-fits-all program at the institutional level may be cost effective, but is less likely to achieve this aim.

Keywords: sessional law academics

Suggested Citation

Cowley, Jill, Confronting the Reality of Casualisation in Australia: Recognising Difference and Embracing Sessional Staff in Law Schools (November 5, 2010). QUT Law and Justice Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 27-43, 2010; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2010-51. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1702635

Jill Cowley (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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