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Being a Higher Education Professional Today: Working in a Third Space

Whitchurch, C; (2018) Being a Higher Education Professional Today: Working in a Third Space. In: Bossu, C and Brown, N, (eds.) Professional and Support Staff in Higher Education. (pp. 1-11). Springer, Singapore: Singapore.

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Abstract

This section not only provides a snapshot of the contemporary professional workforce in higher education, but also aims to identify emergent trends and indicators in relation to roles and identities, collectively and individually. To introduce the range of perspectives that follow, this chapter reviews current thinking about what it means to be a professional in higher education today, including a converging relationship with academic roles and identities, and illustrates ways in which higher education professionals are pushing the boundaries of their domains. Key themes that emerge in the chapters that follow are the fluidity of identity, a sense of transition and “work-in-progress” as new fields of practice evolve, and issues around building confidence and recognition, particularly for staff working between professional and academic domains.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Being a Higher Education Professional Today: Working in a Third Space
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-1607-3_31-3
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-1607-3_31-3
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Professional staff, Third Space, Professionalism, Professional development
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536309
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