What is the role of a professor? How does someone achieve professorial status? What do non-professorial colleagues think about professors? How do professors themselves perceive their roles? What are the bases of these perceptions, and what are their implications for the professoriate's evolving role both within the neoliberal university, and in the approaching post-neoliberal era?
Professors as Academic Leaders draws on a wealth of data not only to explore what it is to be a professor but also to consider how professors are perceived by others. Linda Evans presents the findings from four studies, with a combined data base of over 2,400 questionnaire responses and over 90 interview transcripts, and discusses their implications for the future development of the UK-based professoriate and academic leadership in higher education. She analyses the concepts of leadership and of professionalism, and illustrates how, in trying to meet people's expectations of them, professors' 'enacted', professionalism is shaped by the professionalism that others demand of them. Professorship is revealed to be demanding, at times stressful and morale-sapping, and at times exhilarating and rewarding. Linda Evans questions whether universities are making best use of their most senior academics, and proposes ways of refashioning professorship.
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About the Author
Linda Evans is Professor of Education at the University of Manchester, UK, and previously held professorial positions at the University of Leeds, UK, and the University of Warwick, UK.
Table of Contents
Part I: Contexts and Concepts
1. What Do We Know about Professors and Professorship?
2. Professionalism: Examining the Concept
3. Academic Leadership, Leaders and 'The Led'
4. Seeking Answers: Augmenting the Professor-Focused Knowledge Base
Part II: The Perspectives of 'The Led'
5. Positive Perceptions of Professorial Academic Leadership
6. Professorship That Falls Short
7. The Bases of Assessments of Professorial Academic Leadership
Part III: The Professoriate's Perspectives
8. Negotiating a Passage: Becoming a Professor in the UK Academy
9. Doing Professorship in the Twenty-First-Century Academy
10. Chasing the Ideal: Morale and Job Satisfaction in the Professoriate
Part IV: Re-Shaping Professorial Professionalism
11. Pressured Professionalism: Problematising Professorial Academic Leadership
12. Re-Designing Twenty-First-Century Professorship