What Has Sexuality Got To Do With It? Negotiating a Professional Identity as a Gay Early Career Teacher

Colliver, Ben (2021) What Has Sexuality Got To Do With It? Negotiating a Professional Identity as a Gay Early Career Teacher. In: Early Career Teachers in Higher Education: Academics Teaching Journeys. Bloomsbury, London.

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Abstract

This chapter will offer a personal reflection on my transition from industry into Higher Education. In doing so, I will reflect upon the journey of locating a professional identity that is coherent with my identity as a gay man. The challenges of securing an identity as an openly gay early career lecturer, especially one that teaches around issues of gender and sexuality, are explored within the context of a neoliberal institution that has a highly diverse student population. This environment, with a strong focus on National Student Survey results and the ‘student experience’ can create issues in teaching content relating to gender and sexuality that may appear to be in direct conflict with the personal, social and cultural beliefs of some students. This chapter therefore reflects upon my experiences as an early career teacher trying to navigate the HE sector – actively challenging potentially oppressive belief systems, whilst maintaining a focus on student satisfaction to ensure job security.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 2 September 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexuality, Early Career, Higher Education, Pedagogy
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Ben Colliver
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 14:05
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2020 15:27
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9152

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