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 14: The unseen pressures of academia

Janet Haddock-Fraser

Abstract

This chapter explores the notion of unseen pressures on academics. It takes the stance that New Managerialism Philosophy (NMP) principles have led to changing work demands that clash with traditional academic norms, culture and practice. Changes in work demands have explicit impacts (e.g. what work is done, how much time is spent on activities), but this chapter explores the unseen pressures. It does this through the lens of the impact of NMP on academic wellbeing, showing that work-based pressures that adversely affect wellbeing also impact productivity, motivation and engagement.

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