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Roxana Baltaru

Introduction

I joined Warwick as Assistant Professor in Sociology in September 2018. Prior to taking up this role I studied and conducted research in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, where I completed a BA in Social Psychology and Criminology, an MSc in Survey Methods for Social Research, and a PhD in Sociology. During my doctoral studies, I was also a visiting researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University.

Before joining Warwick I worked as a senior researcher for the Bright Futures Project investigating East Asian student mobilities. I am currently serving as a member of the coordinating board of the European Sociological Association (ESA), the Sociology of Education research network.

 

Research interests

Higher Education and Society * Higher Education Governance and Organisation * Organisational Actorhood * Equality and Diversity * International Student Migration

 

Research Projects

2018 – Present: Institutionalising Equality and Diversity as a University Mission

This project explores the ways in which universities are changing in the process of articulating their commitment to equality and diversity (E&D). The project brings to the fore a closer investigation of the cultural dynamics that enable a perception of universities as rationalised, goal-oriented entities able to act strategically towards the pursuit of goals and missions.

2017 – Present: Global Outlooks – Mapping the Pathways, Strategies and Models of Internationalisation in Higher Education

This is a collaborative project mapping internationalisation in the university sector by focusing on the institutional level factors. Supported by the University of Essex’s Executive Dean Fund and building on previous funding from the British Academy, the project utilises big data collection techniques in order to analyse universities’ discursive commitments to internationalisation.

2013 – 2017 Organisational expansion in higher education: the growth of universities' administrative staff and its impact on performance

This project investigated the structural and cultural factors underlying the growth of administrative and managerial staff in universities and its impact on university performance. The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Teaching

QS904: Mastering Complex Real World Data

QS106: Understanding Social Inequalities: Issues and Methods

 

Recent Publications

 Baltaru, R.D. (2018) – UK Universities’ Pursuit of Inclusion and Its Effects on Professional Staff. Higher Education 1-16. doi:10.1007/s10734-018-0293-7.

Baltaru, R.D. (2018). Do Non-Academic Professionals Enhance University Performance? Reputation vs Organisation. Studies in Higher Education, 1-14. doi:10.1080/03075079.2017.1421156.

Baltaru, R.D. & Soysal, Y. N. (2017). Administrators in Higher Education - Organizational Expansion in a Transforming Institution. Higher Education, 1-17. doi:10.1007/s10734-017-0204-3.

 

Grants and Funding

Research

2017 Global Outlooks – Mapping the Pathways, Strategies and Models of Internationalisation in Higher Education

(Executive Dean of Social Sciences Fund, University of Essex)

 2013 Organisational expansion in higher education: the growth of universities' administrative staff and its impact on performance

(Economic and Social Research Council, ESRC)

 

Enterprise

2018 Bridging the Gap between Academia and Local Organisations

(Catalyst Project)

 2016; 2017 Let’s Talk Project for Multidisciplinarity and Community Engagement

(Economic and Social Research Council, ESRC)

 

Awards

2016 The Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Essex

Roxana

Dr Roxana Baltaru

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