Colleague vs. Fellow

By Jaxson

  • Colleague

    Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues.

    Colleagues are those explicitly united in a common purpose and respecting each other’s abilities to work toward that purpose. A colleague is an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office.

    Thus, the word collegiality can connote respect for another’s commitment to the common purpose and ability to work toward it. In a narrower sense, members of the faculty of a university or college are each other’s colleagues; very often the word is taken to mean that. Sometimes colleague is taken to mean a fellow member of the same profession. The word college is sometimes used in a broad sense to mean a group of colleagues united in a common purpose, and used in proper names, such as Electoral College, College of Cardinals, and College of Pontiffs.

    Sociologists of organizations use the word collegiality in a technical sense, to create a contrast with the concept of bureaucracy. Classical authors such as Max Weber consider collegiality as an organizational device used by autocrats to prevent experts and professionals from challenging monocratic and sometimes arbitrary powers. More recently, authors such as Eliot Freidson (USA), Malcolm Waters (Australia) and Emmanuel Lazega (France) have shown that collegiality can now be understood as a full-fledged organizational form. This is especially useful to account for coordination in knowledge intensive organizations in which interdependent members jointly perform non routine tasks – an increasingly frequent form of coordination in knowledge economies. A specific social discipline comes attached to this organizational form, a discipline described in terms of niche seeking, status competition, lateral control, and power among peers in corporate law partnerships, in dioceses, in scientific laboratories, etc. This view of collegiality is obviously very different from the ideology of collegiality stressing mainly trust and sharing in the collegium.

  • Fellow

    A fellow is a member of a group (or fellowship) that work together in pursuing mutual knowledge or practice. There are many different kinds of fellowships which are awarded for different reasons in academia and industry, often indicating an advanced level of scholarship.

  • Colleague (noun)

    A fellow member of a profession, staff, academic faculty or other organization; an associate.

  • Colleague (verb)

    To unite or associate with another or with others.

    “Young Fortinbras,/ Holding a weak supposal of our worth/…Colleagued with the dream of his advantage,/…hath not failed to pester us with message/ Importing the surrender of those lands/Lost by his father. – Hamlet (Act I, Scene 2)”

  • Fellow (noun)

    A colleague or partner.

  • Fellow (noun)

    A companion; a comrade.

  • Fellow (noun)

    A man without good breeding or worth; an ignoble or mean man.

  • Fellow (noun)

    An equal in power, rank, character, etc.

  • Fellow (noun)

    One of a pair, or of two things used together or suited to each other; a mate.

  • Fellow (noun)

    A male person; a man.

  • Fellow (noun)

    A person; an individual, male or female.

  • Fellow (noun)

    A rank or title in the professional world, usually given as “Fellow”.

  • Fellow (noun)

    In the English universities, a scholar who is appointed to a foundation called a fellowship, which gives a title to certain perquisites and privileges.

  • Fellow (noun)

    In an American college or university, a member of the corporation which manages its business interests; also, a graduate appointed to a fellowship, who receives the income of the foundation.

  • Fellow (noun)

    A member of a literary or scientific society

    “a Fellow of the Royal Society”

  • Fellow (noun)

    The most senior rank or title one can achieve on a technical career in certain companies (though some Fellows also hold business titles such as Vice President or Chief Technology Officer). This is typically found in large corporations in research and development-intensive industries (IBM or Sun Microsystems in information technology, and Boston Scientific in Medical Devices for example). They appoint a small number of senior scientists and engineers as Fellows.

  • Fellow (adjective)

    Having common characteristics; being of the same kind, or in the same group

    “Roger and his fellow workers are to go on strike.”

  • Fellow (verb)

    To suit with; to pair with; to match.


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