Management practices and the valuing of sessional staff

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


School of Education


Sparrow, H. & Cullity, M. (2008, December). Management practices and the valuing of sessional staff. Valuing Higher Education, SRHE Conference: Liverpool UK. Abstract available here.


Sessional staff are responsible for a significant proportion of the teaching undertaken in Australian Universities. Many are highly valued for their recent and relevant workplace experience, and the wealth of their knowledge and expertise, however, the way they are managed has a significant impact on their effectiveness their enjoyment of the role and their sense of self-worth. This paper draws on a series of case studies and a needs analysis survey to analyse the practices that either support or hinder them in their work. It presents a framework that illustrates how management practices influence sessional staff notions of worth, their attitudes to work, and how they can enhance or hinder sessional staff work.