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Modern Day Challenges in Academia

Time for a Change Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working lives, this timely book investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons for these changes and their potential future impacts. Contributors with insider experience of both traditional research focussed universities and newer institutions with an emphasis on teaching, utilise theoretical and empirical methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day academics.


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Publication Date: March 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78811 918 4
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  • Business and Management
  • Management and Universities
  • Management Education
  • Education
  • Education Policy
  • Management and Universities
  • Management Education
Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working lives, this timely book investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons for these changes and their potential future impacts. Contributors with experience of work in both traditional and contemporary institutions utilise theoretical and empirical methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day academics.

Split across three chronological parts this book guides the reader through the phases of an academic’s working life and the unique challenges encountered at each stage. For those entering academia key issues considered relate to career paths and motivations and transitions from industry to academia. During academia chapters study the understanding of external examiners, questions surrounding student supervision, work-life balance, use of technology and the trade off between teaching and research. Upon leaving academia concerns turn to the difficulties of working past retirement age and emeritus roles.

Exploring how academics survive and thrive in the modern higher education arena, this analytical book will be a useful tool for new and established academics and policy makers working in higher education as well as for programme leaders in educational management.
‘This is a timely and welcome book, providing both fascinating insights into the changing role of academics and an articulate discussion of the impact of these changes on universities around the world. By highlighting the various challenges that academics navigate over the course of their careers, from managing workloads to engaging in emotional labour through to adopting new technologies, it provides a critical and valuable basis for future debates over the evolving role of academics and indeed their universities.’
– Anna Sutton, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Contributors include: A. Agarwal, D. Anderton, K.E. Andreasen, M. Antoniadou, W. Chambers, C. Cook, M. Crowder, P. Cureton, E. Epaminonda, M. Gibson-Sweet, J. Haddock-Fraser, J. Jones, A. Karayiannis, H. Kogetsidis, P.D. Ktoridou, S.-J. Lennie, B. Longden, S. Marriott, M. Mouratidou, T. Proctor, A. Rasmussen, C. Rees, S.K. Rehbock, K. Rowlands, P.J. Sandiford, J. Stewart, S. Wells










Contents:

Introduction

PART I ENTERING ACADEMIA
1. Living the dream…but for how long? Being an early-career academic in the context of ‘excellence’
Marilena Antoniadou

2. Career transitions from industry to academia
Mark Crowder and Maria Mouratidou

3. Career issues, paths and motivations: Career stories of four UK academics
Maria Mouratidou

4. Three Scholars at Work: Making Sense of the 21st Century Academy
Peter Sandiford, Ankit Agarwal and Sam Wells

PART II DURING ACADEMIA
5. Get me a job! Thinking about student employability
Dane Anderton and Sue Marriot

6. From euphoria to letting go: experiences of cross-cultural adaptation of international academics in UK Higher Education
Marilena Antoniadou

7. Exploring perceptions of academic management roles in the undergraduate student experience
Marilena Antoniadou, Mark Crowder, Jim Stewart

8. External examiners: What do they do and how does someone become one?
Mark Crowder

9. PhD Examining/Supervision
Chris Rees and Kate Rowlands

10. Providing Research Supervision: A Personal Polemic
Jim Stewart

11. The Effects of Control on Academic Engagement, Work-life Balance and Work Life-Conflict: Is how we manage and what we measure actually contributing to what we strive to pursue?
Caryn Cook, Joanna Jones, Monica Gibson-Sweet

12. The balance between teaching and research
Karen Andreasen and Annette Rasmussen

13. Caring and Coping: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Lecturer’s Emotional Labour in the context of higher education commercialisation and the consequences for staff and student well-being
S J Lennie

14. The unseen pressures of academia
Janet Haddock-Fraser

15. Apps and Smartphone Technology Acceptance: Lecturers’ Likelihood of Using Interactive Polling Systems in the Lecture Theatre
Dane Anderton

16. Challenges of being an academic in a young, entrepreneurial university with a rapid expansion in distance learning education provision – Views of faculty members from the School of Business
Harry Kogetsidis, Despo Ktoridou, Epaminondas Epaminonda and Achilleas Karayiannis

17. Academic Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities for Leaders and Leadership Development in Higher Education
Stephanie K. Rehbock

18. Institutional research - unintended consequences in higher education
Bernard Longden

PART III LEAVING ACADEMIA
19. Moving institutions
Karen Andreasen and Annette Rasmussen

20. Retirement: a valediction to work?
Peter Cureton

21. Working past retirement age – from the point of view of a Business and Management academic
Tony Proctor

22. But I don’t like golf! Emeritus roles
Bill Chambers

Conclusion

Index