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Academic and Professional Identities in Higher Education The Challenges of a Diversifying Workforce

Edited By Celia Whitchurch, George Gordon Copyright 2010
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The latest volume in the Routledge International Studies in Higher Education Series, Academic and Professional Identities in Higher Education: The Challenges of a Diversifying Workforce, reviews the implications of new forms of academic and professional identity, which have emerged largely as a result of a broadening disciplinary base and increasing permeability between higher education and external environments.

    The volume addresses the challenges faced by those responsible for the wellbeing of academic faculty and professional staff. International perspectives examine current practice against a background of rapidly changing policy contexts, focusing on the critical ‘people dimension’ of enhancing academic and professional activity, while also addressing national, socio-economic, and community agendas. Consideration is given to mainstream academic faculty and professional staff, researchers, library and information professionals, people with an interest in teaching and learning, and those involved in individual projects or institutional development.

    The following provide the key themes of Academic and Professional Identities in Higher Education: The Challenges of a Diversifying Workforce:

    • The implications of diversifying academic and professional identities for the functioning of higher education institutions and sectors.
    • The pace and nature of such change in different institutional systems and environments.
    • The challenges to institutional systems and structures from emergent identities and possible tensions, and how these might be addressed.
    • The implications of blurring academic and professional identities, with a shift towards mixed or ‘blended’ roles, for individual careers and institutional development.

    Part I: Contexts and Concepts

    1. Introduction: Change and Continuity in Academic and Professional Identities, Mary Henkel 

    2. Global Contexts, George Gordon

    3. Envisioning Invisible Workforces: Enhancing Intellectual Capital, Gary Rhoades

    4. Innovative University Management, Jane Usherwood 

    Part II. Implications for Institutions

    Introduction, George Gordon 

    5. Evolving Academic Career Pathways in England, Tony Strike

    6. Managing Academic and Professional Careers in Japan, Jun Oba 

    7. Being an Academic in Contemporary South Africa, Patricia Smit and Kingston Nyamapfene 

    8. The Impact of Changing Recruitment Practices on Academic Profiles, Christine Musselin

    Part III: Implications for Individuals

    Introduction, George Gordon 

    9. Traditions of Academic Professionalism and Shifting Academic Identities, Craig McInnis

    10. Convergence and Divergence in Professional Identities, Celia Whitchurch 

    11. The Changing Roles and Identities of Library and Information Services Staff, Derek Law

    Part IV: Challenging Boundaries

    Introduction, Celia Whitchurch

    12. Rethinking Faculty Work and Workplaces, Judith M. Gappa

    13. Developing Higher Education Professionals: Challenges and Possibilities, Robin Middlehurst

    14. The Challenges of a Diversifying Workforce, Celia Whitchurch


    Professor George Gordon was the founding Director of the Centre for Academic Practice at the University of Strathclyde. As Emeritus Professor, he retains an association with the Centre, and is currently Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education.

    Dr. Celia Whitchurch is Lecturer in Higher Education at the Centre for Higher Education Studies, Institute of Education, University of London.

    Luanna Meyer, Victoria University College of Education, New Zealand (Areas of speciality Higher Education, Diversity, Multicultural Education

    "A book that deals with international trends in higher education around changing identities for faculty that does address specifics such as expectations for research productivity (clearly directly relevant to changing performance and reward structures)—to name just one major development—and other issues could be a most welcome addition to the literature and a valuable text."

    Peter Scott, University of Kingston

    "The proposed editors have identified the main courses which are likely to use this book. It would fill a gap, in the sense that there are not many books which address the specifically HR aspects of HE administration / management."

    "I would recommend this book for publication, this book would fill an important gap in the market. Some of the potential limitations I have identified in its planned coverage can also be regarded as strengths, in terms of a clear focus that will appeal to the aspirations of HE administrators in general (and HR professionals in particular?). I am confident that the editors will do a thoroughly professional job in the preparation of the book."