Professionalization of University Administrators and Managers: The Russian Case and the World Perspectives
Administrative initiatives are gaining importance and visibility because of the higher education transformation and challenges it is facing. Both administrative employees and scholars are involved in the competition for jurisdiction in academia. The article is devoted to this tension and the process of university administrative practice professionalization, which has already started in Europe and US, but is only beginning to be developed in Russia. The research was conducted by analyzing world HE administrators’ and managers’ associations and educational programs, and by interviewing Russian universities managers and administrators. The goal of the research was to figure out the characteristics of academic management as a professional practice, to demonstrate an increase of administrative work status and to follow the steps of the profession’s development. The future of the tension between two groups of professionals and the perspectives of university administrators’ profession will be discussed.