Fixed-term contracts in research: "You only get to the top of the world if you have time"

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Antonia Scholkmann shimmied from temporary contract to temporary contract at German universities for twelve years. Now she has a permanent position as a professor in Denmark - and says she is more productive than ever.

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On Twitter, the hashtag #IamHanna collects stories of academics who struggle through six-month contracts and have to move every six months. While many teachers are tenured, university lecturers shimmy from one fixed-term contract to the next. The law behind this is the Wissenschafts-Zeitvertrags-Gesetz (WissZeitVG). Researchers may be employed at a university on a fixed-term basis for a total of twelve years if they are working towards a doctorate or habilitation, or are simply conducting research. Actually, the law was supposed to force universities to make fixed-term contracts permanent. De facto, however, the twelve-year limit means an abrupt end to the careers of many who do not get a permanent position.

In an explanatory video by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research from 2018, the principle is justified in this way: Fixed-term contracts promoted innovation and prevented the system from becoming clogged. Antonia Scholkmann, 47, researches teaching and learning at universities and is now a professor in organisational learning at Aalborg University in Denmark. She disagrees with this thesis.

Periode15 jun. 2021

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