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The career transition from practitioner to academic

Earl Simendinger (The University of Tampa, Tampa, USA)
George M. Puia (Indiana State University, Indiana, USA)
Ken Kraft (Nova Southeastern University, New Haven, USA)
Michael Jasperson (The University of Tampa, Tampa, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 April 2000



This article explains the challenges faced when management‐practitioners decide to enter the academic environment and teach. The authors speak from the perspective of their own experiences with respect to transitions into the academic field and also highlight prominent literature on the subject. The framework for the paper begins with the explanation of a basic model associated with cultural transition. They identify three success factors for transition: task success; social interaction; and cultural understanding and awareness and develop strategies for each. The dual themes of the article are to reinforce the usefulness of practitioners into academia and to help smooth the environmental transition for practitioner‐academicians (PAs) by developing strategies for success.



Simendinger, E., Puia, G.M., Kraft, K. and Jasperson, M. (2000), "The career transition from practitioner to academic", Career Development International, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 106-111.




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