Tenure Tracks in European Universities


Tenure Tracks in European Universities

Managing Careers in Academia

9781035302444 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Elias Pekkola, Vice Dean, Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University and Taru Siekkinen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03530 244 4 Extent: c 272 pp
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This book analyses the current trends, developments and challenges involved in the implementation of new academic career models across European higher education, providing a multifaceted reflection on the future trajectory of universities.

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This book analyses the current trends, developments and challenges involved in the implementation of new academic career models across European higher education, providing a multifaceted reflection on the future trajectory of universities.

Due to the global nature of academic work and the high level of mobility between different systems, ideas are easily transferred across countries, cultures and contexts. However, this book finds that the implementation of these ideas often proves challenging because tenure tracks are strongly dependent on their respective national academic traditions and administrative cultures. The international range of expert authors in this edited book adopt a comparative approach, contrasting ten empirical country case studies across Europe with US models. In doing so, they develop an overall framework and vocabulary for analysing the nuanced meanings, ranges and levels of academic careers and tenure tracks.

Outlining how the different tenure-track systems in European universities exemplify the changing landscape of higher education policy and practice, this book will be a vital resource for students, scholars and those working across higher education management, administration and policy.
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‘This is a key contribution to the field of academic work and careers in higher education. Contrary to common assumptions, the tenure track model is not a uniform and standardised system but consists of a number of different versions and applications both in Europe and internationally. This book provides analytical perspectives to address trends of change in academic careers at the individual, organisational and national levels. It brings together some of the best scholars from a number of different countries working in the field of higher education.’
– Jussi Välimaa, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

‘The tenure track has been considered the main academic career pathway in many countries. This volume is a timely and important contribution to the discussions on the structures of the tenure track and academic careers more generally. Many of the leading scholars of the field provide a rich variety of perspectives from many different contexts. This is a very impressive tour of academic work, relevant to researchers, practitioners and policymakers.’
– Lars Geschwind, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Preface xv
1 Developing and implementing fair and rewarding tenure
tracks – organisational and professional aspects 1
Taru Siekkinen, Elias Pekkola, Maria Pietilä and Marjukka Mikkonen
2 Academic careers in Europe: a nested view 18
Elias Pekkola, Taru Siekkinen, Nina Arnhold, Maria Pietilä,
Vitus Püttmann and Anreée Sursock
3 The changing academic profession and career trajectories –
implications of tenure track in Austria 41
Attila Pausits and Corinna Geppert
4 The case of Estonia: the applicability of tenure track in a
small, ageing, non-English country 57
Eneli Kindsiko and Ülo Niinemets
5 Tenure track in Finland – from closed vacancy-based
recruitment to more diverse tenure track recruitment in
Finnish universities 81
Taru Siekkinen, Emmi-Niina Kujala, Elias Pekkola and Jussi Kivistö
6 France − tenure tracks, but only for some 101
Christine Musselin
7 Tenure track career options to full professorship in German
academia: recent developments and challenges 115
Ulrike Schwabe, Frauke Peter and Sandra Buchholz
8 The tenure track system in Italy – goals and expected and
unintended effects 135
Monia Anzivino and Massimiliano Vaira
Tenure track policies, procedures and career outcomes in a
case study university in Ireland – a gendered critique 154
Pat O’Connor and Eileen Drew
10 Tenure track in Norway – a redundant policy? 171
Lene Korseberg and Elisabeth Hovdhaugen
11 Tenured positions in Portugal – what they mean and who
holds them 186
Teresa Carvalho, Pedro Videira and Sara Diogo
12 Academic careers and the tenure track system in Spain –
coexistence of state and market logics 203
Francisco Javier Ortega-Colomer, Carmen Corona-Sobrino,
Julia Olmos-Peñuela, Óscar Llopis and Ana García-Granero
13 Contrasting contexts, common causes and challenges:
reflections and questions from the US on tenure tracks in Europe 218
Gary Rhoades
14 European tenure track(s): trends and challenges 233
Elias Pekkola, Taru Siekkinen and Marjukka Mikkonen
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