The rise and work of new professionals in higher education

Jurgen Enders, Rajani Naidoo

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This chapter discusses research on the emergence of a relatively new staff category in higher education that does no longer fit the traditional academic-administrative divide: new professionals who support processes in research, teaching, public engagement, and management. We argue that their rise is tied to the overall rise of management in higher education and to changes in contexts and conditions for universities over recent decades. In consequence, national variations as regards the quantitative and qualitative development of this new staff groups can be observed. We discuss their roles as hybrid professionals serving in a wide variety of specialised expert roles, their sources of professional legitimacy and power as well as their contestation. As situated professionals, this new staff group is not only embedded in but also dependent on local organisational orders that influence their professional boundary work with academics: reflecting rather traditional academic-administrative divides, third spaces of fluid collaborations, or managerialist disruptions of academic values and powers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Academic Careers and Managing Academics
EditorsClaudia Sarrico, Maria Rosa, Teresa Carvalho
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781839102639
ISBN (Print)9781839102622
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameSociology, Social Policy and Education 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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