Special Session D) Scope for professional control over work quality, output, and principles underlying academic performance indicators in this field

TitleSpecial Session D) Scope for professional control over work quality, output, and principles underlying academic performance indicators in this field
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Preston, P., B. Zelizer, J. D. Straubhaar, C. Kenny, and J. Wasko
Affiliation (1st Chair)School of Communications, Dublin City University (Co-ordinator & Chair: Paschal Preston & LOC)
Section or WGSpecial
DateThurs 27 June
Slot CodeSpecial Session
Slot Code (Keyword)Special Session
Time of Session14:00-15:30
RoomThe Theatre, Helix building
Session TitleScope for professional control over work quality, output, and principles underlying academic performance indicators in this field
Presentations

This special session at IAMCR-2013 in Dublin which will aim to continue the lively discussion at one panel on the final morning of the Durban-2012 conference. This session will focus on the scope for enhancing Professional control or self-regulation over work quality, output, and performance etc measures related to the communication studies and neighbouring academic fields.

Many other professions have successfully exerted control and influence over measures of work output, its quality and notions of "excellence", leading-edge, even "world-class" academic achievements – “so why not us” ? These questions may be seen as particularly relevant at a time when top Executives in many universities around the world, often "advised" by a small set [oligopoly] of major corporations, are increasingly prone to define and impose very particular sets of indicators and targets for academic work output. The latter often conceive and measure academic output, quality and performance in ways which ill-match the values and interests of rank-and-file lecturers and professors in the communication studies and related fields.

At the same time ordinary academic staff in many universities where executive have take the “world class” turn simply do not have the material resources to purchase access to the increasingly expensive journals, the majority of them controlled by a small number of corporations or financial interests. For the most part, the leaders and executives of universities tend to remain blissfully blind to the costs imposed by their close embrace of corporate publishing interests whilst neglecting if not undermining the potential for open source or other alternative forms of academic publishing.

At the same time, we observe that the spread of neo-liberal policy and regulatory regimes in recent times have tended to celebrate the role of "self-regulation" when it comes to particular industrial sectors. So again, in suitably critical and reflexively nuanced mode, we may ask: "why not us too" ?

Co-ordinator & Chair: Paschal Preston & LOC

SPEAKERS:
Barbie Zelizer, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Straubhaar, Amon G. Carter, Sr. Centennial Professor of Communication, University of Texas at Austin
Prof. Colum Kenny, School of Communications, Dublin City University
Janet Wasko, University of Oregon, and President of IAMCR

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