Academic artisans are critical for the functioning of universities, but are they valued?

Brew, A., Lucas, L., Boud, D. and Crawford, K. (2016) Academic artisans are critical for the functioning of universities, but are they valued? In: CHER Consortium of Higher Education Researchers annual conference 'The University as a Critical Institution', 5 - 7 September 2016, The University of Cambridge.

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In this paper we look at new academic roles and examine their value to and for the institution. These roles have arisen as creative responses to the challenges of contemporary higher education, for example, large cohorts of students, new uses of technology, and the need for institutions to relate more closely with society. We argue that there is an unrecognized cadre of academics who are not the most highly productive in the type of research valued by institutions but who are essentially keeping the university going. They make important contributions to institutions and how they function, working to integrate the university and society. We call these people the academic artisans and the work they do artisanal work.

We talk first about who these people are and what they do and then raise a number of questions about the value of this work to universities’ functioning.

Keywords:Academics, Academic practice, Academic Identities, University workforce
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
N Business and Administrative studies > N224 Management and Organisation of Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:25291
Deposited On:16 Dec 2016 10:45

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