Jean Rath is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning at the University of Waikato. Her main research interest is academic practice (teaching, research and service) and the experiences of early-career academics, including doctoral candidates. She has particular expertise in the use of writing as a method of inquiry to investigate culture, memory and reflective practices. All her work is underpinned by an enduring interest in issues of identity, narrative, social justice and pedagogy.Carol Mutch is currently Head of School and Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education at the University of Auckland. Her career has included teaching, educational leadership, policy advice, research and evaluation. She has published books, chapters, and articles on educational history and policy, curriculum development, citizenship and social education and research methodologies. Her current research interests focus on the role of schools in disaster response and recovery following the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquakes.