Modern Day Challenges in Academia
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Modern Day Challenges in Academia

Time for a Change

Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder

Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working lives, this timely book investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons for these changes and their potential future impacts. Contributors with insider experience of both traditional research focussed universities and newer institutions with an emphasis on teaching, utilise theoretical and empirical methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day academics.
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Chapter 11: The effects of control on academic engagement, work & –life balance and work–life conflict: is how we manage and what we measure actually contributing to what we strive to pursue?

Caryn Cook, Joanna Jones and Monica Gibson-Sweet


There are many factors that can be explored around tensions of academic working life including work–life balance and work–life conflict. Power has shifted, moving from academics owning their own means of production to a management ethos with surveillance processes, bureaucracy, performance audits and judgements. There are key discussions around academic ‘hyperprofessionality’ and hyper-engagement, new managerialism and performance management based on private sector management practices. Academics, now service providers, are being increasingly scrutinised, managed and judged by surrogate performance measures such as student evaluation of teaching (SET). This chapter further develops some of these discussions and presents on-going research on the value and use of SET data.

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