‘Jugglers’, ‘copers’ and ‘strugglers’: academics' perceptions of being a head of department in a post-1992 UK university and how it influences their future careers

Floyd, A. and Dimmock, C. (2011) ‘Jugglers’, ‘copers’ and ‘strugglers’: academics' perceptions of being a head of department in a post-1992 UK university and how it influences their future careers. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 33(4), pp. 387-399. (doi:10.1080/1360080X.2011.585738)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2011.585738

Abstract

This study investigates the experiences of academics who became department heads in a post-1992 UK university and explores the influence that being in the position has on their planned future academic career. Drawing on life history interviews undertaken with 17 male and female heads of department, the paper constitutes an in-depth study of their careers in the same university. The findings suggest that academics who become department heads not only need the capacity to assume a range of personal and professional identities, but need flexibility to regularly adopt and switch between them. Whether individuals can successfully balance and manage such multiple identities, or whether they experience major conflicts within or between them, greatly affects their experiences of being a head of department and seems to influence their subsequent career decisions. The paper concludes by proposing a conceptual framework and typology to interpret the career trajectories of academics that became department heads in the case university.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dimmock, Professor Clive
Authors: Floyd, A., and Dimmock, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
Journal Name:Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1360-080X
ISSN (Online):1469-9508

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