Job Satisfaction around the Academic World

by Peter James Bentley, Hamish Coates, Ian Dobson, Leo Goedegebuure, V Lynn Meek

Series: The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective (No. 7)

Higher education systems have changed all over the world, but not all have changed in the same ways. Although system growth and so-called massification have been worldwide themes, there have been system-specific changes as well. It is these changes that have an important impact on academic work and on the opinions of the staff that work in higher education. The academic profession has a key role to play in producing the next generations of knowledge workers, and this task will be more readily achieved by a contented academic workforce working within well-resourced teaching and research institutions. This volume tells the story of academics’ opinions about the changes in their own countries.

The Changing Academic Profession (CAP) survey has provided researchers and policy makers with the capacity to compare the academic profession around the world. Built around national analyses of the survey this book examines academics’ opinions on a range of issues to do with their job satisfaction. Following an introduction that considers the job satisfaction literature as it relates to higher education, country-based chapters examine aspects of job satisfaction within each country.

In The Press

“This book, on academic job satisfaction across 11 higher education systems, makes a valuable addition to Springer’s Changing Academy book series, which itself is proving to be highly informative in explaining the changing nature of the academic profession. … The book will be important as a point of reference for future investigations of academic job satisfaction. … the book makes a solid contribution to the literature.” (Martin Hayden, Higher Education, Vol. 69, 2015)