Imagining a future: changing the landscape for third space professionals in Australian higher education institutions

Veles, Natalia, and Carter, Margaret-Anne (2016) Imagining a future: changing the landscape for third space professionals in Australian higher education institutions. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 38 (5). pp. 519-533.

PDF (Accepted Version) - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (604kB) | Preview
[img] PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

View at Publisher Website:


In the last decade there has been a shift in the discourses around professional staff in higher education that has been influenced by neoliberal agenda that focused on driving education reforms. Earlier discussions centring around nomenclature variations have progressed to those about creating and developing borderless professionals operating in the third space – a notional space where professional staff and academic staff with diverse and valuable skills work as equal professional partners on complex and multifaceted projects. This article looks at the evolution of the debates around professional staff. It considers how the notions of professionalism and professionalisation are being reconceptualised in the third space. Discussion progresses towards capability building and developmental opportunities of aspiring third space professional staff in higher education settings. Possible pathways of engaging with and empowering professional staff in designing their future careers and professional identities are considered. Building a community of research practices under the auspices of the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) and engaging postgraduate students in the university third space project work are proposed as potential areas for further research in the field of professional staff capability building.

Item ID: 44476
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-9508
Keywords: capability building, higher education, identities, neoliberalism, professional staff, third space
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 05:14
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development @ 30%
Downloads: Total: 1503
Last 12 Months: 28
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page