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Title: The Changing Paths in Academic Careers in European Universities: Minor Steps and Major Milestones
Authors: Kwiek, Marek
Antonowicz, Dominik
Keywords: academic profession
European universities
academic labor market
academic employment
university governance
university missions
junior faculty
senior faculty
Polish higher education
academic progression
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: In: Tatiana Fumasoli, Gaele Goastellec and Barbara M. Kehm (eds.), Academic Careers in Europe - Trends, Challenges, Perspectives. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014
Abstract: The academic career in Europe used to be much more unstructured and much less competitive than today. Currently, as reflected in interviews carried out throughout Europe, “each step in a career is competitive“, from doctoral and postdoctoral to junior academic and senior academic positions. There are significant variations across the European countries studied regarding the level of competition, often different in different places occupied in the academic hierarchy. But increasing competition has come to the academic profession and is bound to stay: the competition for part-time and full-time academic positions, for research grants and research funding, and tokens of academic prestige. The academic progression today has to be made systematically, in increasingly clearly defined timeframes, and the academic career seems to be sliced into comparable time periods across European systems. Usually, the timeframes are doctoral studies, employment in postdoctoral and junior positions, employment in lower-level senior positions and, finally, in higher-level senior positions (such as traditional chair holding and/or full professorships), and all career steps have to be reached within a certain time period.
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