Journal article

‘Entering the world of academia is like starting a new life’: a trio of reflections from Health Professionals joining academia as second career academics

Publication Details

Author list: Herman N, Jose M, Katiya M, Kemp M, le Roux N, Swart-Jansen van Vuuren C, van der Merwe C

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

Publication year: 2020

Journal: International Journal for Academic Development

Journal name: International Journal for Academic Development

Volume number: 26

Issue number: 1

Start page: 69

End page: 81

Total number of pages: 13

ISSN: 1360-144X

eISSN: 1470-1324



This research explored the experiences of three health professionals transitioning into academia as second career academics (SCAs), with the aim of gaining insight into potential enablements and constraints for such career changers. Redefining of identity from expert health professional to novice academic could occur through a three stage process of transitioning. If SCAs however experience an unsupportive or ‘care-less’ environment, such redefining may not occur. The paper further attempts to illuminate the crucial role of Educational Developers in understanding and supporting SCAs when they ‘start a new life’ in academia.


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