Potential enablers of mental health and wellness for those teaching in tertiary education

Carter, Margaret-Anne, and Goldie, Donna (2018) Potential enablers of mental health and wellness for those teaching in tertiary education. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, 4 (3). pp. 3-20.

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Abstract

The mental health and wellness of those teaching in Australian universities is in the spotlight. The role of teaching academics in contemporary universities is reported to be in a state of transition, moving from traditional teaching, research and management responsibilities, to more differentiated duties including management of casual staff, accreditation and administration tasks (Bennett, Roberts, Ananthram, & Broughton, 2018; Chory & Offstein, 2017). Stress of heavy workloads, performance demands with fewer resources, expansion of staff roles and expectations, higher research productivity and output expectations are the common neoliberal pressures grounded in commodification and globalising marketisation of knowledge in higher education settings (Field, 2018; Kinman & Wray, 2018). Such examples of neoliberal processes have been well documented, however, Dudau, Kominis, and Szocs (2018, p. 254) contend, although decreasing funding and resources brings pressure, it also invites opportunity for innovation and creativity and "identifying newer, more effective products or services, using technological advances more effectively, streamlining processes, and so on". Additionally, for Barnett (2018), contemporary universities are uniquely positioned to embrace possibilities and change. This positioning may encompass cultivating sustainable health-promoting cultures with a focus on promoting high levels of employee mental health and wellbeing through initiatives including enhancing mental health literacy. Therefore, this paper explores the literature in alignment to the research question, 'what are potential enablers of mental health and wellness for those teaching in tertiary education?'

Item ID: 56181
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2201-1323
Keywords: mental health; wellbeing; mental health literacy; staff; higher education;
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Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 03:33
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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