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Lost in third space: Identity work of a “blended professional” in higher education

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E-pub ahead of print
  • Regina Obexer
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>6/06/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Studies in Technology Enhanced Learning
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date6/06/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This autoethnographic study addresses the salient issue of the fluid professional identity experienced by an increasing number of employees in the continually changing context of higher education. Using the concept of the “Blended Professional in the Third Space” (Whitchurch, 2008, 2012) as a basis, the author explores the aspects influencing her identity as a higher education professional situated in a hybrid and constantly changing space between academic and professional roles. Drawing on the author’s own experience and reflections as an empirical basis, the study investigates how a blended professional deals with inhabiting this hybrid space, what issues she encounters, what opportunities she sees, and how all this impacts her sense of self and the way she constructs her professional identity.