Adelaide Education Academy
The Adelaide Education Academy was established in 2016 with the goals of supporting, promoting and recognising teaching excellence across the University of Adelaide.
The University of Adelaide values excellence in all aspects of the academic endeavour.
Membership as an Education Specialist in the Adelaide Education Academy is by application only, with two submission rounds held annually.
Once approved, membership supports additional flexibility for staff who wish to allocate more of their time and efforts to teaching without damaging their career progression or diminishing their contribution to our overall strategic goals.
Members are able to access a range of exclusive activities including visiting guest speakers, workshops, and discussions on a variety of topics such as developing a teaching philosophy, developing a curriculum, e-learning, and teaching strategy.
Members can access the AEA Canvas Site to view the latest announcements and communications, or to communicate with other members.
The Adelaide Education Academy Executive Group
Lead by the Chair, Associate Professor Frank Donnelly, the Adelaide Education Academy Executive Group meets monthly to discuss issues relevant to the membership. As the official voice of the members they may also then bring any concerns to the attention of University leaders, and work with them towards a resolution.
They are also responsible for planning engagement events and activities, in addition to exploring professional development opportunities for members.
Associate Professor Frank Donnelly (SFHEA) - Chair
Melissa Arnold-Chamney (FHEA)
Annual General Meeting
The 2020 AEA Annual General Meeting was held remotely on Friday 8th May.
A recording of the meeting is available on the AEA Canvas site (accessible to AEA members only).
Identifying as an Education Specialist
Members of the AEA are encouraged to download and use the AEA Member email signature to identify them as members of the Academy, and to promote this membership to their peers.
Membership of the Adelaide Education Academy is by application only. Staff who are judged to meet the criteria for teaching excellence have the option of joining under two membership categories.
Full members of the Academy are:
- continuing academic staff at Levels B-E, with a willingness to commit 61% to 90% of their time to teaching and teaching related duties (including scholarship) and who have formally agreed to this workload in their employment contract.
Membership is conferred by the DVCA or delegate through a process which assesses teaching excellence.
Affiliate members of the Academy are:
- continuing academic staff appointed at Level A, with a willingness to commit 61% to 90% of their time to teaching and teaching related duties (including scholarship) and who have formally agreed to this workload in their employment contract;
- Scholarly Teaching Fellows appointed at Level A or Level B, who commit up to 75% of their workload to teaching and teaching related duties (in accordance with the Enterprise Agreement);
- fixed term academic staff, who have formally agreed to a workload of 61-90% teaching and teaching related duties, in their contract of employment, and who, at the time of application have at least 11 months remaining of their contract of employment; and,
- continuing academic staff on other workload allocations.
Affiliate membership is conferred by the DVCA or delegate through a process which assesses teaching excellence.
An affiliate member is eligible to participate in Academy activities but does not have access to Academy-specific funding or SSP.
Definition of teaching and teaching related duties
Benefits of becoming a member of the Adelaide Education Academy
Members are supported and encouraged to communicate with peers through formal and informal mentoring programs.
Member Discussion Boards
Facilitated though the dedicated MyUni course page, members are free to discuss issues relevant to teaching staff, share ideas and promote best practice in teaching.
AEA member events (F2F and online)
A range of events and activities are regularly arranged for members - featuring education specialists and the idea leaders. These activities are free for members to attend.
SCHEME CURRENTLY ON HOLD
Learning and Teaching Advancement Grant Scheme (LTAG)
Full members of the Education Academy will have the opportunity to bid for specific support through the Learning and Teaching Advancement Grant Scheme (LTAG).
Funding applications will be considered for the following activities:
- Conference travel and registration for Learning and Teaching events (with an expectation that any learnings will be shared at future, internal events)
- Development of Learning and Teaching projects
- Teaching related professional development (courses or conferences)
- Back-filling teaching when away on L&T SSP
- Grant to evaluate Small Group Discovery Experiences, online learning, or other learning and teaching projects
- Application for professional recognition (Fellowship) with the UK Higher Education Academy
- Other purposes as approved by the grant awarding panel
- Exclusive access to priority L&T SSP (subject to Head of School approval) to develop a MOOC, other major curriculum development, or visit one of our Key Partner universities to update or change curriculum in their discipline, or other approved Learning and Teaching project (subject to the SSP procedure).
- Exclusive pathway to promotion up to full Professor based on Teaching and Learning, with weighting reflecting actual workload allocation (i.e. up to 90% for Teaching and Learning), a path now reserved for full members of the Academy.
Appointments as an Adelaide education specialist
Interested staff from Level B upwards, who wish to be considered to become Education Specialists will need to complete an Expression of Interest form and obtain the relevant approvals from both their Head of School and Executive Dean.
The form will also need to include the following details:
- an outline of their teaching philosophy and motivation for membership of the Academy,
- a brief statement of their experience in relation to course and program development, including use of innovation and response to student feedback,
- recent SELT results which can support evidence of positive student experience
Calls for Expressions of interest in the Adelaide Education Academy will be announced in August 2020.