Although SSWR calls for social work science to battle inequities and build solutions (efforts in direct alignment with PAR aims and processes), few academic institutions, publication outlets, or funding mechanisms have elevated PAR work structurally. With a growing number of social work scholars embracing PAR approaches in their work, they are left to individually navigate the tensions between conventional academic productivity expectations (e.g., pressures to publish, obtain funding, establish leadership in their scholarship) and the collective power-sharing values and practices of PAR, which often require slow, intentional, non-linear collaboration (referred to in Bergold and Thomas's 2012 work as "a methodological approach in motion" [p. 191]).
This roundtable will include university-based PAR scholars at various career stages, and from a variety of academic institutions, to share their experiences, challenges, successes and recommendations for change. The roundtable will begin with introductions as university-based PAR scholars share the story of their PAR projects and partnerships. Five presenters will share about PAR projects in partnership with/focused on: youth and young adult homelessness, youth organizing against anti-Black racism and social justice, peer support and elevating lived expertise in homeless services, Indigenous health and environmental justice, and the impact of community organizing on youth organizers' mental health and well-being. While all of the invited scholars engage in work that is grounded in the community, the primary focus of this roundtable will be the university setting implications - a setting that holds disproportionate power and resources in PAR work.
We will then use the following questions to structure a discussion among roundtable members and joiners:
* What constraints and tensions do university-based PAR researchers experience in attempting to meet conventional academic productivity expectations (amount, type, pace, authorship of products)?
* What strategies have university-based PAR researchers employed to navigate or subvert conventional academic expectations while co-creating with their PAR teams?
* What structural changes (e.g., to hiring, promotion, resource allocation) are necessary, within the academy, to elevate PAR work and make it more possible for university-based researchers to conduct PAR and thrive in the academy?
Notes will be taken throughout the roundtable and, with permission from attendees, learnings will be shared for action. This will include sharing of strategies (via social media) for other PAR scholars to navigate the productivity expectations of the academy while staying true to the values of PAR work. Suggestions for structural changes will also be shared with the National Association of Deans and Directors (NADD) to advocate for change in schools of social work and beyond.