Chris Lambert
Chris Lambert
July 21, 2019

The Future of the Academic Workplace

Chris Lambert
Chris Lambert

The Ivory Tower. Think of the mythology built into that term—a place focused on the exchange of ideas and generation of knowledge. What physical environment does it call to mind? A refined, serene place in which faculty and administration are safely shrouded in the trappings of learning. All cozy carrels and book-lined walls. Sunlight calling attention to just the right mix of dust in the air. The whole place enveloped in the sepia-toned patina of academic history.

In reality, workplaces in academic settings often suffer from disinvestment, crowding and antiquated features—sprouting up in leftover spaces in ever-smaller footprints. The pressure mounts to do more with less. Outdated technology and poor support for interaction (either remote or face-to-face) often renders academic workplaces less than ideal for the kind of work expected of today’s employees.

This paper explores these challenges and introduces new models for the academic workplace that offer a broad range of choices aligned with the goals of academic institutions.

Download our paper.