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Publication Detail
Being a higher education professional today
  • Publication Type:
    Chapter
  • Authors:
    Whitchurch CM
  • Publisher:
    Springer
  • Publication date:
    01/2018
  • Place of publication:
    Dordrecht
  • Editors:
    Bossu C,Warren V
  • Status:
    Accepted
  • Book title:
    Professional and Support staff in Higher Education
  • Keywords:
    Professional staff, Shifting identities, Interface with academic staff
Abstract
This chapter reviews current thinking about what it means to be a professional in higher education today, including a converging relationship with academic roles and identities. Although the emergence of new forms of professional has been noted in the literature, these do not fully capture the shifts experienced by higher education professionals in increasingly fluid conditions. Furthermore, the perceptions generated in others may be more significant than actual roles. This is particularly so when professional staff are portrayed as 'managers', with associated perceptions of power and influence. The chapter contributes to an understanding of the shifts taking place, the qtensions and challenges arising, and how these are being managed.
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