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Role requirements in Academic Recruitment for Construction & Engineering

Pilcher, Nick; Galbrun, Laurent; Craig, Nigel; Murray, Mike; Forster, Alan; Tennant, Stuart


Laurent Galbrun

Nigel Craig

Mike Murray

Alan Forster

Stuart Tennant


Two ongoing and recurrent debates in the employment of academic staff are (1) how much industry experience should faculty staff have? and (2) what priority is given to research, teaching or both? Such debates take place worldwide and are particularly relevant to vocational subject areas. Through a statistical analysis of circa 200 job adverts for lecturer/assistant professor, senior lecturer/associate professor, and professor/full professor positions in Construction and Engineering posts in the UK, this paper investigates the essential and desirable attributes required for ‘research’, ‘teaching’ and ‘overall requirements’. Analysis shows institutions unmistakably focus on, and coherently recruit for research, but demonstrate very little reasoned approach to recruiting for teaching. Indeed, findings identify ‘administration’ as the key teaching priority. Further empirical analysis demonstrates no significant difference in recruitment strategy before and after the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework, despite its aim to put teaching excellence to the fore.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 30, 2020
Online Publication Date Feb 12, 2020
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Jan 31, 2020
Publicly Available Date Feb 13, 2021
Print ISSN 0304-3797
Electronic ISSN 1469-5898
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 2
Pages 247-265
Keywords Construction and Engineering; Recruitment; Research; Teaching; Employment Attributes
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Engineering Education on [date of publication], available online:[Article DOI].

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