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International Faculty in Higher Education
Comparative Perspectives on Recruitment, Integration, and Impact

ISBN 9781138685178
Published December 1, 2016 by Routledge
320 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In an interconnected and globally competitive environment, faculty mobility across countries has become widespread, yet is little understood. Grounded in qualitative methodology, this volume offers a cutting-edge examination of internationally mobile academics today and explores the approaches and strategies that institutions pursue to recruit and integrate international teachers and scholars into local universities. Providing a range of research-based insights from case studies in key countries, this resource offers higher education scholars and administrators a comparative perspective, helping to explain the impact that international faculty have on the local university, as well as issues of retention, promotion, salaries, and the challenges faced by these internationally mobile academics.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1

International Faculty in 21st Century Universities: Themes and Variations

Philip G. Altbach and Maria Yudkevich

Chapter 2

The Long-Term Mobility of International Faculty: A Literature Review

Georgiana Mihut, Ariane de Gayardon, and Yulia Rudt

Chapter 3

International Faculty in a Brazilian University: International Trajectories in a Nationalized System of Scientific Production

Ana Maria F. Almeida, Mauricio Érnica, Luciano Antonio Digiampietri, and Marcelo Knobel

Chapter 4

International Faculty in Canada: Recruitment and Transition Processes

Diane V. Barbarič and Glen A. Jones

Chapter 5

International Faculty in Two Top Tier Chinese Universities:

One Country, Two Types of Internationals

Gerard A. Postiglione and Xie Ailei

Chapter 6

Integrating International Academic Staff into the Local Academic Context in Lithuania and Estonia

Anna-Lena Rose and Liudvika Leišytė

Chapter 7

Recruitment and Integration of International Faculty at German Universities: The Case of the University of Konstanz

Martin Bruder and C. Giovanni Galizia

Chapter 8

International Faculty Recruitment in Kazakhstan: The Case of Nazarbayev University

Alan Ruby, Aliya Kuzhabekova, and Jack T. Lee

Chapter 9

Attraction, Integration, and Productivity of International Academics in Mexico

Sylvie Didou Aupetit

Chapter 10

International Academic Recruitment in a Turbulent Environment: The Case of the Higher School of Economics in Russia

Valentina Kuskova and Maria Yudkevich

Chapter 11

International Faculty in Saudi Arabia’s Universities

Mohammad A. AlOhali

Chapter 12

International Academics in Africa: The South African Experience

Damtew Teferra

Chapter 13

International Faculty in Higher Education: Common Motivations, Disparate Realities, and Many Unknowns

Laura E. Rumbley and Hans de Wit

About the Contributors

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Maria Yudkevich is Associate Professor of Economics and Vice-Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russia.

Philip G. Altbach is Research Professor and Founding Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, USA.

Laura E. Rumbley is Associate Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, USA.


"International faculty are a key global resource - and no longer are they concentrated in a handful of developed countries. They fill important skill gaps, signal the competitiveness of higher education systems, and bring vital, and creative, transnational experiences. Yet much less is known about international faculty than international students. This important and timely book seeks to change that."

--Peter Scott, Professor of Higher Education Studies, UCL institute of Education

"(This book) provides useful research perspectives on the world of international faculty in higher education and offers detailed consideration of the existing literature, drawing together a body of work which
suggests there is much more to be done here in terms of developing a full understanding of the factors and consequences of ongoing long term international mobility of academics."

--Yanyu Tan, Graduate School of Education, Peking University, Beijing, China, Educational Review