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Academic Careers

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_287-1



Academic careers: the sequence of positions over the working life of an academic, usually but not necessarily starting with a doctoral degree. The progression can be vertical, from assistant to full professor; horizontal, moving across institutions and/or countries holding the same academic title; or it can also be a “regression,” e.g., from dean of faculty back to professor.

Uniqueness Versus Comparability

Academic careers are a core aspect of the functioning of higher education, since they organize the division of labor among academic professionals; they design possible occupational trajectories and foster a constant and coherent reproduction of academic workforce. In doing so, academic careers shape and delimitate the meaning and functions of academic expertise, the latter being further structured according to the fields of knowledge and to the rules and regulations underpinning higher education institutions. In other words,...


Academic Career Pathways Junior Academic Staff Changing Academic Profession Fumasoli Teichler 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Education, Practice and SocietyUniversity College London Institute of EducationLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Gaële Goastellec
    • 1
  1. 1.OSPS, LACCUSUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland