Sceptics, utilitarians and missionaries: Senior managers perceptions of engagement in an Australian research university

Cuthill, Michael and Brown, Alinta (2010) Sceptics, utilitarians and missionaries: Senior managers perceptions of engagement in an Australian research university. Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, 5 2: 126-146.

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Author Cuthill, Michael
Brown, Alinta
Title Sceptics, utilitarians and missionaries: Senior managers perceptions of engagement in an Australian research university
Journal name Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement
ISSN 1833-4482
Publication date 2010-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 126
End page 146
Total pages 21
Publisher Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Senior managers at Australian universities are increasingly being
asked to plan and manage for engagement. However there
appears to be confusion as to what engagement entails, and how
engagement relates to both everyday operational tasks and to the
purpose of the university more broadly. This paper provides rich
description of senior managers’ perceptions of engagement at one
research intensive Australian university. Currently, senior
managers’ perceptions of engagement vary significantly, to the
point of opposing perspectives. The spectrum of values and
perceptions can be clustered around three personas: Sceptics,
Utilitarians and Missionaries. Despite the differing perspectives
and considerable confusion about engagement, there is broad
support from all senior managers for the University to progress
an institutional engagement agenda. Results presented in this
paper highlight the misconceptions, opportunities and constraints
confronting one university looking to adopt an engagement
mission.
© 2010 The Australian University Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA Inc.)
Keyword Engaged scholarship
Community engagement
Civic mission
Engagement audit
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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