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Gender and Academic Work at a Dutch University

  • Liudvika LeišytėEmail author
  • Bengü Hosch-Dayican
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 17)

Abstract

European higher education systems have undergone significant transformation in the past two decades due to the new governance arrangements. Studies have indicated that the teaching-research nexus is being reshaped by the changes in institutional environment, which include increasing student numbers, financial pressures, shifts in evaluation and rewarding criteria for faculty, as well as the expectations of external sponsors of research. This changed nexus implies that teaching and research time in academics’ work portfolios increasingly compete with each other, which alters the nature of academic work and career paths at European universities. This chapter analyzes the extent to which the changing teaching-research nexus may influence gender inequalities among academics by focusing on the Dutch higher education system, and in particular, on a case study of a university in the Netherlands. Based on analyses of national and institutional reports, pertinent literature and survey data from this university, we demonstrate that the preconditions for a change in the teaching-research nexus exist in the Netherlands. Further, we find that an imbalanced allocation of teaching and research tasks is highly likely to have constraining effects on the career prospects of female academics.

Keywords

Female Faculty Career Progression Career Prospect Workload Balance Female Academic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Higher Education (zhb)TU Dortmund UniversityDortmundGermany

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