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Changing Academic and Professional Identities in Higher Education: The Challenges of a Diversifying Workforce. Dr Celia Whitchurch Institute of Education, University of London, UK Professor George Gordon University of Strathclyde, UK. The Study.

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

Dr Celia Whitchurch

Institute of Education, University of London, UK

Professor George Gordon

University of Strathclyde, UK

the study
The Study
  • Academic and Professional Identities in Higher Education: The Challenges of a Diversifying Workforce (Routledge, November/December 2009)
  • Twelve authors, six countries:
          • UK, France, USA, Australia,

South Africa, Japan

themes
Themes
  • Global contexts (Gordon)
  • Academic identities (Henkel; McInnis)
  • A ‘holistic’ workforce (Rhoades)
  • Professional identities (Whitchurch; Law)
  • Managing academic and professional staff (Gappa; Usherwood; Smit/Nyamapfene)
  • Career pathways (Strike; Oba)
  • Recruitment (Musselin)
  • Professional development (Middlehurst)
issues
Issues
  • Diversifying disciplinary base
  • Casualisation/fractionalisation
  • Movements in and out of HE
  • Increased specialisation alongside emergence of ‘blended’ roles
  • Distributed institutional management
challenges
Challenges
  • Changing aspirations and expectations
  • New forms of recognition and reward
  • Diffusion of management and leadership responsibilities
  • Institutional adaptation
  • Global downturn
variables
Variables
  • National contexts
  • Institutional environments
  • Legal/regulatory frameworks
  • Level of ‘professionalisation’
  • Interface between academic and professional spheres of activity
tensions
Tensions
  • Disciplinary, professional, institutional allegiances
  • Lateral networks vs formal structures
  • Direction/control vs facilitation/negotiation
  • Accommodation of new spaces/identities
  • Legitimacy accorded to these
future worlds from managing tomorrow s people the future of work to 2020 pwc 2007
‘Future Worlds’(From ‘Managing Tomorrow’s People: The Future of Work to 2020’ (PWC, 2007))
issues for the future
Issues for the future
  • Less commonality around academic or professional identities
  • Less clarity about boundaries
  • Increasing influence of external collaborations and partnerships
  • Creativity around rewards and incentives
  • The employment ‘package’