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 22: But I don’t like golf: emeritus roles

William Chambers


Using an autobiographical approach, this chapter starts by describing the factors which influenced my upbringing, values and interests. It then describes my 37 years in academia. Here my early career followed a different path to that of many academics and I spent my working life in a constantly evolving institution which changed from a Teacher Training College to a university with research degree-awarding powers, rising from the role of lecturer to Pro-Vice-Chancellor. It ends by examining my transition to retirement and the impact of my previous life-influences on my current role as Emeritus Professor. This includes my ongoing connections with the university, my overseas connections and my volunteer work with charities where I discuss my contributions, building on my university experiences and the influences of people, incidents and institutions.

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