Or, The Art of the Academic Jobsearch
I spent part of my morning finalising my application for a Research Fellowship in Griffith Uni’s Socio-legal Research Centre. All the advice that’s been around for years in HR is that cvs and selection criteria responses should be succinct, experiential and to the point. Everywhere but in academia, that is. Just as Dr Nelson’s micromanagement means that course proposals need to be approved in Canberra by DEST, and reporting and record keeping drives out teaching and research, so too do academic jobs regularly stipulate 7 or 8 selection criteria. The most egregious example of this in my experience was 18 selection criteria, many of which were nearly identical. My esteemed employer of eight years’ standing, Queensland University of Technology, until recently required 8 signatures on a leave application and a refund of $100 for cab fares at a conference required the Dean’s signature when I was in the Faculty of Business. This, in the University for the Real World. All the angst about po/mo and incipient commie-ism in tertiary education might be better directed at their seeming propensity to restore a museum like simulacrum of Kafka-esque bureaucracy.
It took me a few hours to respond to the selection criteria, and I lacked the energy to incorporate all this in my cv as requested (I hope it doesn’t matter):
Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include; full name, address, telephone number, email address and facsimile number if available; names, addresses, facsimile and email contact of at least three referees to whom the University may write; country of permanent residence (optional but required at time of appointment); employment history, including present position and notice required; details of education, professional training and qualifications; summary of undergraduate academic record; details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience; research interests and list of publications; research grants awarded; any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services etc;
Not very vitae! It’s hard enough to ensure there’s an accurate list of publications. When you apply for a teaching job, you generally also need to include course outlines, teaching materials, sample powerpoints, copies of papers and book chapters, student evaluations, etc etc. It can take a day to compile and usually fills two B4 sized envelopes at least. I just emailed the thing off, and faced with the prospect of doing some study now, I’ve decided to take some advice a friend gave me via text – enjoy the rain, and read something fantastic and wonderful by Isabelle Allende.
Cv’s over the fold (as concise as I could make it – left out non-academic work and subjects taught) – apparently some bloggers get jobs this way… it would certainly save a fair bit of time!
Doctor of Philosophy QUT 2005 shortly to be submitted Political Sociology
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (First Class Honours) Griffith University 1998 Political Economy and Industrial Sociology
Graduate Diploma of Industrial Relations QUT 1996 Awarded diploma with Distinction
Bachelor of Arts University of Queensland 1995 Majors in Government and History
FULL TIME EXPERIENCE
2002 Lecturer in Sociology, The University of Queensland
2003 Senior Research Officer, Centre for Learning Research, Griffith University
Associate Lecturer in Behavioural Studies, The University of Queensland
PART TIME PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1997-2000, 2004 Sessional Lecturer, School of Management, Queensland University of Technology
2000-2004 Sessional Lecturer, School of Humanities & Human Services, Queensland University of Technology
B. Book Chapters
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (2002), ‘Political Subjects, Workplaces and Subjectivities’ in V. Walkerdine (ed), Challenging Subjects, Palgrave, London.
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (1999), ‘The Male Academic Body: Sex Inequality in Australian Universities’, in K. Biber (ed). Playing the Man: New Perspectives on Masculinity, Pluto Press, Sydney.
C. Refereed Journal Articles
Bahnisch, Mark (2000), ‘Embodied Work, Divided Labour: Subjectivity and the Scientific Management of the Body in Frederick W. Taylor’s 1907 Lecture in Management’, Body & Society, 6, 1.
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (2000), ‘The Third Way; Intellectuals and the future of social democratic politics’, Journal of Sociology, 36,1.
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (1999), ‘Gangland: The Political Abjection of a Generation’, Social Alternatives, 18, 2.
D. Conference Proceedings
Bahnisch, Mark (2003), ‘Social Change at the End of History: Theorising the Ends of the Political’ in J. Lyddon, (ed), Proceedings of the 2nd Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, Centre for Social Change Research, QUT, Brisbane.
Bahnisch, Mark (2003), ‘Sociology of Religion, Secularisation and Social Theory’ in P. Corrigan (ed), Proceedings of the TASA 2003 Conference, University of New England, Armidale.
Bahnisch, Mark (2003), ‘Deleuze and Guattari’s Political Ontology of Desire’ in P. Corrigan (ed), Proceedings of the TASA 2003 Conference, University of New England, Armidale.
Bahnisch, Mark (2002), ‘Against Globalisation as a Useful Social-Scientific Concept’ in B. Hanna (ed), Proceedings of the 1st Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, Centre for Social Change Research, QUT, Brisbane.
Bahnisch, Mark (2002), ‘Derrida, Schmitt and the Essence of the Political’ in Simms, M. (ed), Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary APSA Annual Conference, http://arts.anu.edu.au/sss/apsa/
Bahnisch, Mark (2001), ‘Sociology of Religion in Postmodernity: Wicca, Witches and the Neo-Pagan Myth of Foundations’, Van Krieken, R. (ed) Proceedings of the TASA 2001 Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney.
Bahnisch, Mark (2001), ‘Social Interests, the Public Good, and Contemporary Individualised Discourses of Public Organisation’, in Van Krieken, R. (ed) Proceedings of the TASA 2001 Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney.
Bahnisch, Mark (2001), ‘Contesting the Public Good in Contemporary Australian Discourses of Public Organisation’, in Weller, P. (ed.) Proceedings of the 2001 APSA Annual Conference, http://www.gu.edu.au/school/ppp/APSA2001/
Bahnisch, Mark (2000), ‘The Sociology of the Education Policy Text: Discourses of education, human capital and competition in TAFE reports’, in Pudsey, J. (ed) Sociological Sites/Sights, TASA 2000 Conference Proceedings, CD Format, 6-8 December, Flinders University, Adelaide.
Bahnisch, Mark (1999), ‘Towards a Realist Theory of Union Strategy’, G. Treuren & C. Provis (eds), Proceedings of the 13th AIRAANZ Conference, Vol. 1 Refereed Papers, Association for Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide.
Bahnisch, Mark (1998), ‘Misappropriating Sun Tzu: Management Discourses of Rationality and Anti-Rationality at the end of the millenium’, M. Alexander et al (eds), Refashioning Sociology, School of Social Science, QUT.
Hutchings, Katherine and Bahnisch, Mark (1999), ‘NAFTA and Employment Relations in Canada’, G. Treuren & C. Provis (eds), Proceedings of the 13th AIRAANZ Conference, Vol. 1 Refereed Papers, Association for Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide.
Walsh, M. and Bahnisch, M. (2000), ‘The Politics of Political Theorising in the New Millennium’, Ball, J. (ed), Proceedings of the 2000 APSA Annual Meeting, http://pro.harvard.edu.
Walsh, M. and Bahnisch, M. (2000), ‘Political Theory in the New Millennium: The Subject of Politics and the Politics of Subjectivity’, Rhodes, R. (ed), Conference Papers from the 2000 PSA 50th Anniversary Conference, http://www.psa.ac.uk/cps/
E. Other Professional Publications
Bahnisch, Mark (2001), History of Pay Equity in Queensland, Australian Centre in Strategic Management, Brisbane. Working Paper.
Griffin, R. and Davidson, P. (1999), Management, Australian Edition, Jacaranda Wiley, Brisbane. (author of Case Studies)
F. Book Reviews
Bahnisch, Mark (1998) ‘Globalising Australian Labor?’, Overland, 152
Bahnisch, Mark (2000) ‘Employer Associations and Industrial Relations Change’, Journal of Sociology, 36,3
Bahnisch, Mark (2001) ‘Rethinking Australian Citizenship’, Journal of Sociology, 37, 1 Bahnisch, Mark (2001) ‘The End of the Accord’ Journal of Industrial Relations 43, 4
Bahnisch, Mark (2001) ‘Institutions on the Edge: Capacities for Governance’, Journal of Sociology, 37, 4 Bahnisch, Mark (2001) ‘Social Policy, Public Policy’, The Public Interest, September
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (1999) ‘Australian Politics in the Global Era’, Journal of Sociology, 35, 1
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (1999) ‘The Politics of Sex’, Journal of Sociology, 35, 2
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (1999) ‘The Politics of Child-care’, Journal of Sociology, 35, 2
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (1999) ‘Queerying Social Theory, Journal of Sociology, 35,3
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (2000) ‘Activism and the Policy Process’, Journal of Sociology, 36, 2
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (2001) ‘Inventing Ourselves’, International Journal of Critical Psychology, 1, 1
Seminar papers presented:
Bahnisch, M. (1998) ‘Changing Modes of Regulation in the Black Coal Mining Industry, 1983-1996’, paper presented to the Staff/Postgraduate Seminar Series, School of Industrial Relations, Griffith University, 3 September
Walsh, M. and Bahnisch, M. (1999) ‘The Political Subject at Work’, presented to Cultural and Policy Studies Seminar Series, School of Cultural and Policy Studies, Queensland University of Technology, 14 April
Bahnisch, M. (1999) ‘Weber and the Foundations of the PubliclPrivate Distinction’, presented to an Australian Centre for Strategic Management/School of Management Research Morning Tea, May 12
Bahnisch, M. (2002) ‘Virtual Wars of Empire after 1989: Towards a Macrosociology of War, Settlements and the Shifting Political Imaginary’, presented to the School of Social Science Staff/Student Seminar Programme, August 23
Conference papers presented:
Bahnisch, Mark (1997) ‘Trade Union Strategy under the Workplace Relations Act 1996’ presented at Popular Education in Hard Times Conference, Centre for Popular Education, University of Technology, Sydney, 14 April
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (1998) ‘Analysing structures of gendered inequality in three Brisbane Universities’, Playing the Man Conference, Department of History, University of Sydney, 4 November
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (1999) ‘Solidarity and Public Morality in the 1998 Waterfront Dispute’, paper presented at the Future of Solidarity Conference, Centre for Applied Philosophy, Flinders University, 6 February
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (1999) ‘The Politics of the Subject at Work’, paper presented to the Millennium International Critical Psychology Conference, UWS, 2 May
Walsh, Mary and Bahnisch, Mark (2000) ‘Theorising Political Theory: The Politics of the Political’, paper presented to the Austra.lian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, UQ, 4 July
Bahnisch, Mark (2000) ‘New Narratives of Political Economy for a New Millennium’, paper presented to the Narratives for a New Millennium Conference, University of Adelaide, 10 February
Bahnisch, Mark (2002) ‘Sociology of Religion, Secularisation and Social Theory’, paper presented to the TASA Conference, QUT, 6 July
Politics, Sociology, Criminology, Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management
Coordinator, Masters in Social Science (Criminology & Legal Studies), UQ, 2002
Assistant Programme Director, Criminology, UQ, 2002
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE & MEMBERSHIPS
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)
Industrial Relations Society of Queensland
Australian Political Science Association
American Political Science Association
American Sociological Association
2004 Awarded QUT Online Teaching Compassionate Pioneer Award
1999 Awarded Faculty of Business Supplementary Scholarship
1999 Awarded AIRAANZ Postgraduate Scholarship
1998 Awarded QUT Postgraduate Research Award
1998 Recommended by Faculty of Commerce & Management, Griffith University for University Medal (ineligible because had not completed undergraduate study at Griffith)
1998 Awarded Faculty of Business QUT Scholarship
1997 Awarded Bill Stone Honours Scholarship Griffith University
1996 Awarded Suzanne Lines Memorial Scholarship – QUT
2000 Industrial Relations Policy Branch, Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations, Queensland consultancy on history of pay equity in Queensland for State submission to Queensland Industrial Relations Commission Enquiry on Pay Equity $3,600
1998 Preferred provider status in a joint application with Dr Katherine Hutchings and Mr John Shepley by DEWRSB and the OEA for case studies on the impact of AWAs.
1990, 1994 Consulted for the University of Queensland Union on Industrial Relations matters and Occupational Health and Safety
Consultant on Public Policy, IR and HRM to a variety of public sector and private sector organisations.