Internationally Mobile Faculty, Comparative Perspectives

  • Laura E. Rumbley
  • Hans de WitEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_232-1

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Definition

International faculty mobility (sometimes referred to as the mobility of “academic talent”) refers to a phenomenon whereby individuals who serve in the capacity of academics – i.e., teaching, conducting research, and otherwise attending to the main academic needs and functions of higher education institutions – cross borders and take up similar kinds of roles in new and different national contexts, either for short-term or long-term appointments.

Mobility of the professoriate is a centuries-old phenomenon. Indeed, some scholars have argued that higher education has always been intrinsically “international” by virtue of the contact that has often been sustained between academics who share a similar purpose and passion for their field. Even before the modern nation-states were in existence, scholars were seen...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans de Wit
    • 1
  • Laura E. Rumbley
    • 2
  • Fiona Hunter
    • 3
  • Lisa Unangst
    • 4
  • Edward Choi
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  3. 3.Centre for Higher Education InternationalisationUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly
  4. 4.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  5. 5.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA