Recruitment of Academics in Switzerland

In a chapter of the new book Forming, Recruiting and Managing the Academic Profession, Tatiana Fumasoli and Gaële Goastellec investigate academic recruitment and its dynamics in Swiss higher education

The book is edited by Ulrich Teichler and William K. Cummings and is volume 14 in the Changing Academy series, which examines the nature and extent of the changes experienced by the academic profession.

About the book

The book focuses on the changes in academic careers and their implications for job attachment and the management of academic work. Against the background of an ageing profession, with different demands on academic staff, increasing insecurity, accountability and internationalisation, it discusses important, common themes in detail. This book examines such aspects as the nature of academic careers and recent changes in careers, changing biographies, rewards of academic work such as income and job satisfaction, internationalisation of the academy, and the organisation and management of academic work sites. This book is the second of two books highlighting findings from research on the academic profession, notably, the Changing Academic Profession Study and the European project supported by the European Science Foundation on changes in the academic profession in Europe (EUROAC).

E pluribus unum?

Tatiana Fumasoli has written a chapter on Switzerland together with Gaële Goastellec. Their chapter aims at investigating academic recruitment and its dynamics through research on Swiss higher education. Through the lens of recruitment processes and their specific actor configurations, dynamics of standardization and formalization are analyzed. A multiple case study is constructed taking into account diverse types of higher education institutions and disciplines. Findings show that overlapping logics are at play, reflecting disciplinary, institutional, national and global dynamics. More specifially, at professorial level, practices appear to be in the process of standardization and multiple actors, with different balances, participate in decisions over recruitment. At the lower levels, variety is displayed with a common and traditional feature, that is, chair holders continue to control entry into academia.

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Tatiana Fumasoli and Gaële Goastellec
Recruitment of academics in Switzerland: e pluribus unum?

In: Forming, Recruiting and Managing the Academic Profession
Ulrich Teichler and William K. Cummings (eds)

Springer, 2015
ISBN: 978-3-319-16079-5

Published June 12, 2015 11:03 AM - Last modified June 12, 2015 11:56 AM