LOST IS FOUND

NAVIGATING NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY ON THE TENURE TRACK

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29517

Keywords:

tenure track, narrative inquiry, collocation, liminal space, visual methodology

Abstract

The tenure track is a contentious space in which pre-tenure faculty are asked to navigate the corporatization of the university, and uncertainty with regards to the expectations of success to achieve tenure. In this article, we frame the period of pre-tenure as a liminal space, not as a space of inadequacy but as a necessary shelter of respite. Living in a temporary autonomous zone, we find ourselves challenged to lose and find varying aspects of our professional identities as faculty. We use arts-based narratives in the form of micro-storymaking as well as Solnit’s (2005) discussion of what it means to be lost to locate and (re)frame our stories of navigating the tenure track. We argue that the liminal space of pre-tenure, in the context of the “slow” movement is a time of openings that prepare us to embrace and engage in passionate artistic practices as we enter mid-career.

Author Biographies

Samantha T. Nolte-Yupari, Nazareth College

Samantha Nolte-Yupari received her Ph. D. in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Her interests include embodied learning, place, and teacher education which she considers using visual ethnographic and arts-based methods.  

Joana Hyatt, Dr., Lamar University

Joana Hyatt received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. She is a 20-year veteran art educator. Her interests and teaching emphasize the affective domains of teacher development.

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Published

2020-10-01

How to Cite

Nolte-Yupari, S. T., & Hyatt, J. (2020). LOST IS FOUND: NAVIGATING NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY ON THE TENURE TRACK. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 5(2), 376–398. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29517