Personal Characteristics, Career Trajectory and Job Satisfaction of Academics in Malaysia

  • Vincent PangEmail author
  • Norzaini Azman
  • Morshidi Sirat
  • Yew Lie Koo
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 16)


The study presented in this chapter describes the profile (e.g., gender, age, and language), career trajectory (e.g., highest degree obtained, academic trajectory and rank), and job satisfaction of academic staff based on the results of the CAP (Changing Academic Profession) survey of academics. The report provides a framework for discussing how recent contextual changes affect the academics’ career trajectory and are likely to affect the Malaysian academic profession in the future. The demands on the major tasks of teaching and research have increased significantly with emphasis on key performance indicators. These changes have impacted the career trajectory, motivations and morale of academics in Malaysian universities.


Academic Staff Senior Lecturer Academic Rank Career Trajectory Glass Ceiling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent Pang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Norzaini Azman
    • 2
  • Morshidi Sirat
    • 3
  • Yew Lie Koo
    • 4
  1. 1.Universiti Malaysia SabahKota KinabaluMalaysia
  2. 2.Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaBangiMalaysia
  3. 3.Universiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia
  4. 4.University of LondonLondonUK

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