AUSTRALIA: Staff distinction is nonsense

From Professor Marcia Devlin*

Having started my career in the higher education sector as a professional staff member, and as a current member of the Association of Tertiary Education Management that Maree Conway and Giles Pickford contribute to, I agree with Maree and Giles in their comments in the last two editions of University World News that the distinction between different staff in universities is nonsense.

The article I wrote was commissioned by the editor and I was not asked to write about professional staff (nor about many other aspects of universities of the future, including management, leadership, governance, etc).

I could only write about my areas of expertise, which are limited. Perhaps we might see a series of these articles from experts in different areas?

* Professor Devlin holds the inaugural chair of higher education research at Deakin University in Melbourne.