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By Tatiana Fumasoli, Gaële Goastellec, Barbara M. Kehm

This publication explores the perceptions of educational employees and representatives of institutional management concerning the adjustments in educational careers and educational paintings skilled in recent times. It emphasizes standardisation and differentiation of educational profession paths, affects of latest sorts of caliber administration on educational paintings, adjustments in recruitment, employment and dealing stipulations, and lecturers’ perceptions in their expert contexts. The ebook demonstrates a turning out to be range in the educational career and new specialist roles inhabiting an area that is neither positioned within the middle company of training and examine nor on the most sensible point administration and management. the hot larger schooling execs are usually vital switch brokers in the greater schooling associations not just pleasurable provider and bridging features but additionally streamlining educational paintings to make contributions to the recognition and competitiveness of the establishment as an entire. in accordance with interviews with educational employees, this booklet explores the placement in 8 ecu international locations: Austria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, eire, Poland, Romania, and Switzerland.

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Good professors pave the way for publications” (AT51). A good relationship with the supervisor is characterised as “not very hierarchical”, providing good opportunities “to exchange” (CH23), to write articles together with the professor (CH41), to participate in the professor’s national and international contacts (AT25) and to get relevant information concerning available university positions (PL19) and career advancement (HR45). Moreover, the involvement in – European – projects is specified (CH50).

However, in a German interview it was repeatedly mentioned that third-party funded staff is increasingly involved in teaching and is thus taking on the core tasks of university staff as well (DE0127BK). 2 Cross-Employment As was outlined in the previous chapters, obtaining an academic position is not easy. Even if one manages to gain employment at a university, these employment contracts are often part-time. In order to make ends meet, many academics thus 2 The Rocky Road to Tenure – Career Paths in Academia 31 have to take on additional employment.

Perhaps also funding. But sometimes people do it too much, for instance some researchers who have a degree in medicine, who are full time researchers, but still work a lot as medical practitioners” (FIJW80). The rise in numbers of academic researchers implies that there is more competition for the available professorships, so cross-employment may increasingly highlight professional non-professorial career tracks within higher education that are more likely to be achieved. The following advantages are being mentioned and emphasized for crossemployment in Finland: according to the opinion of some of the interviewees, cross-employment has not been regarded as being problematic so far; cooperation between universities and firms (enterprises) is being reinforced, also the successful creation of new spin-offs; the encouragement and promotion of dissemination of knowledge from higher education institutions to institutions outside of higher education; cross-employment can be the source for new ideas; through crossemployment, the academic staff creates and accesses experiences outside of universities (higher education), leading to a more realistic perception and conceptualization of trends in the “real working life” (FILP27); cross-employment can benefit the working life outside of universities; the bonus of aggregation of different incomes and sources of income; cross-employment may foster cross-institutional responsibilities within research networks; cross-employment supports the networking, network-building and formation of more cooperation between university and non-university organizations; cross-employment assists higher education institutions in their social interaction with their (social) environments and adds to the so-called “third mission” activities of universities; there are now more opportunities for researchers outside of universities to cooperate with universities.

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