Topic: Teaching scholarship

Stories from Australian academics in unit coordination roles that touch on the topic of scholarship in the field of teaching and learning.

Reflections from an Engineer

Engineers find it difficult to relate to traditional teaching theories which are embedded in the humanities. This Unit Coordinator spent years reading and now understands the literature. Experience has taught him a great deal about the university culture. More…

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Fostering a sense of value

A comment on the experience of Unit Coordinators, and their issues, is shared here by a senior Academic Developer who teaches into the GCHE and frequently talks with those working at the coalface. More…

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The importance of self-reflection

Self-reflection is seen as important tool to looking beyond oneself to what is important as a teacher. It also contributes to enhancing job satisfaction. More…

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Lecturer by choice, not by chance

Initially, my university role involved teaching only, although I quickly found myself also managing other activities and staff.  Since starting here I have been well supported by my Head of School.  There are some boring administrative aspects to the role, … More…

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Academic developers helping others

Changes to the role during the past 15 years are outlined here, particularly in relation to accountability expectations on Unit Coordinators. The Centre’s responsibilities and ‘tensions’ are also clarified. More…

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Going for promotion

To gain a promotion this coordinator has been told to demonstrate to the promotions committee how her teaching, research and unit coordination have impacted on her students’ learning and the university community. Demonstrating the impact of research is easy; the others are more difficult. More…

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Three performances a week

This coordinator in business suggests teaching something you enjoy, including the research, reading and scholarship to help make the job easier. He also suggests that passion and enthusiasm are key to engaging students. More…

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Teaching on short term contracts

After many years at his university this Unit Coordinator remains on contract employment. He describes his pleasure in working with previously unseen material, introducing different teaching strategies and recognising research opportunities. More…

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Leading not managing

After many years this Unit Coordinator remains convinced that teaching is undervalued and unsupported in her university. Alone she introduced innovation into her units and sees herself as a leader in her discipline. More…

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