In several recent calls for papers for conferences in my area of science I have started noticing people apparently using the term 'academician' synonymously to 'academic'. An example:
The symposium will provide an excellent platform for knowledge exchange between researchers, scientists, academicians and engineers working in the areas listed here:
Looking up the term in Merrian-Webster, this does not seem to correspond quite to what I usually think of as an academic, i.e. someone who works in research and/or teaching at an academic institution - typically a university:
a : a member of an academy for promoting science, art, or literature
It does also list 'academic' as a meaning of the word, so I guess it might be OK. Is it just me that has the impression that the 'academician' term has started popping up a lot recently?