Fitting Procrustes’ Bed: A Shifting Reality

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Michelle K. McGinn
Michael Manley-Casimir
Nancy E. Fenton
Carmen Shields


This article uses the metaphor of Procrustes’ bed to discuss the experiences of academics “fitting” the academy amidst shifting realities. The focus is on external evaluations faced by the academics, as well as their engagements in evaluations of self and others (which are inherent aspects of academic life).

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Michelle K. McGinn, Brock University

Dr. Michelle McGinn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. Her scholarly work is focused in the field of higher education, with particular interests in academic life, research teams, researcher development, and ethical practices.