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Biographies and Careers throughout Academic Life

  • Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes
  • Akira Arimoto
  • Ulrich Teichler
  • John Brennan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes, Akira Arimoto, Ulrich Teichler, John Brennan
    Pages 1-7
  3. Emerging Higher Education Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Vincent Pang, Norzaini Azman, Morshidi Sirat, Yew Lie Koo
      Pages 47-65
    3. Manuel Gil-Antón, Laura E. Padilla-González, Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes
      Pages 67-87
  4. Mature Higher Education Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Amy Scott Metcalfe, Donald Fisher, Glen Jones, Yves Gingras, Kjell Rubenson, Iain Snee
      Pages 105-120
    3. Harry van der Kaap, Egbert de Weert
      Pages 143-163
    4. Rui Santiago, Teresa Carvalho, Sofia Branco Sousa, Diana Dias, Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor
      Pages 165-186
  5. Comparative Studies

About this book


The book draws on the 2007 Changing Academic Profession international survey in order to document the personal characteristics, career trajectories, sense of identity/commitment and job satisfaction of academics in 14 countries with different levels of economic and social development and different higher education systems. With nearly 26,000 academics surveyed in 19 countries (of which 14 are reporting their results in this volume), the empirical basis of the book is the most up-to-date and far-reaching in the area.

With major changes taking place both in the local and global contexts of higher education and in the working conditions within individual universities, as exemplified by increasing managerialism and performance-based funding, it is important to consider the impact of these changes on the profiles and working lives of the academic profession across different countries. But it is also important to look at the ways in which the faculty’s changing profile impacts on the organisation and management of universities and on the delivery of their central functions.

Although not always obvious in the short-term, academic work and its conditions attract, incorporate and promote different types of individuals who, in turn, exert considerable influence on the nature of academic work, higher education institutions and, potentially, society. As faculty members are central to the teaching, research and service enterprise activities of higher education, it is important to understand their personal characteristics, career trajectories, sense of identity and commitment, and job satisfaction. These are central for understanding the academic profession in general and, in particular, the factors affecting their involvement and productivity in the work of their institutions. These are a complex result of a mixture of contextual factors (e.g. the status and regulatory framework of the higher education system, the features and atmosphere of the particular institution) and personal factors (e.g. gender, educational attainment, family background, attitudes to work and broader social values).This book examines the different situations facing the academic profession in individual countries and provides comparative studies of country differences.


2007 CAP International Survey of faculty Academic advancement and gender career trajectories of academics job characteristics Argentine academics job characteristics Brazilian academics job characteristics Canadian academics job characteristics Dutch academics job characteristics Finnish academics job characteristics German academics job characteristics Korean academics job characteristics Malay academics job characteristics Mexican academics job characteristics Portuguese academics job characteristics South African academics job satisfaction of academics personal traits of academics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes
    • 1
  • Akira Arimoto
    • 2
  • Ulrich Teichler
    • 3
  • John Brennan
    • 4
  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de Baja CaliforniaFacultad de Ciencias HumanasMexicaliMexico
  2. 2.Kurashiki Sakuyo UniversityKurashiki City - OkayamaJapan
  3. 3.University of KasselInternational Centre for Higher EducatioKasselGermany
  4. 4.London School of EconomicsCentre for Higher Education Research & OMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biographies and Careers throughout Academic Life
  • Editors Jesús F Galaz-Fontes
    Akira Arimoto
    Ulrich Teichler
    John Brennan
  • Series Title The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective
  • Series Abbreviated Title Changing Academy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-27491-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80152-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-27493-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 392
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Personality and Social Psychology
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