Sunday, 25 March 2012
Counting Myself Out of the Statistics
As with most tutors, I also work as a casual research assistant. The project I am currently working on is an ARC linkage project looking at equity and diversity in my profession, especially in relation to gender and women. I am in the middle of a task trying to count how many women are employed in my profession including researchers and academics. It was decided last week that it would be too difficult to count casual academics in the statistics as universities tended to not effectively record their positions as their numbers are too great and constantly changing. My heart sank at the realisation that firstly, universities do not warrant my contribution enough to keep a record of my position and that, secondly, I would fall outside of the statistics of my own profession after 10 years of contributing through my work and involvement with my professional community. One of those moments where you realise you've made a poor career decision.