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The Adelaide Education Academy

The University of Adelaide values excellence in all aspects of the academic endeavor. As such, it celebrates, values and supports the development of the educational skills of all its academic staff, and recognises the quality of education which all our academics achieve in their teaching practice, whether their workload includes 20, 40, 60 or 80% of teaching and teaching related activities.

To provide 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, the Adelaide Education Academy will be established to support, promote and recognise teaching excellence across campus and allow staff to focus their efforts as Education Specialists. The initial membership will be limited to 100 Members throughout the University who have been designated Adelaide Education Specialists.

The Academy will meet as a group quarterly to discuss issues relevant to their teaching. Activities will include 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.

Adelaide Education Academy Member List (staff only)

  • Launch of The Adelaide Education Academy

    On 23rd March, the Adelaide Education Academy was officially launched by the Vice-Chancellor and President. The launch was held in the Ingkarni Wardli atrium and was attended by the DVC&VP(A), PVC(SL) & members. All members were called out and received a numbered t-shirt (corresponding to when they accepted their variation) while ‘We are the Champions’ played in the background.

  • Membership

    Membership will be in three categories:

    Members of the Academy are continuing academic staff who have been formally recognised by the University as Adelaide Education Specialists 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 change to their workload.

    Scholarly Teaching Fellows are continuing staff appointed at Level A or Level B (in accordance with clause 2.4 of the University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement), who commit up to 75% of their workload to teaching and teaching related duties.

    Affiliates 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. As an affiliate, they are eligible to participate in Academy activities but do not have access to Academy-specific funding or SSP.

  • Definition of Teaching and Teaching related duties

    For the purpose of workload allocation, teaching includes all time spent on program and course delivery, face to face or online. Teaching-related duties will include program coordination, course preparation, marking, providing student feedback as well as participation in peer evaluation, program development and review, or teaching innovation leadership and chairing of communities of Learning and Teaching related practice. It will also include, consistent with our Academic promotion procedure, HDR supervision, provided the Education Specialist remains eligible as an HDR supervisor, as per the University of Adelaide supervisor register.

    Teaching duties will include scholarship but will not include teaching related research, discipline/subject research nor usual administrative responsibilities for all teaching staff such as teaching committee membership.

    For Education Specialists, the relevant Faculty Role Statement will apply. Noting that the Education Specialist workload band is new in the University, those particular Role Statements are likely to be applied somewhat flexibly until they are reviewed in mid-2016. At that time, members of the Academy will be asked to provide feedback on what would be deemed appropriate measures for Education Specialists.

  • Benefits of becoming a Member of The Adelaide Education Academy

    All members of the Education Academy will receive:

    • Exclusive opportunity to bid for specific support through a new $1 million per annum Learning and Teaching Advancement Grant Scheme. Education Specialists may apply for $10,000 each year for Learning and Teaching purposes as follows:
      • Conference travel and registration for  Learning and Teaching events
      • Development of Learning and Teaching projects
      • Teaching related professional development (courses or conferences)
      • Backfilling 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 HoS 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 any necessary changes to the SSP Procedure, which is currently under review).
    • 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 Education Specialists only (subject to any necessary changes to the Academic Promotions Procedure which is currently under review, and intended to be finalised ahead of the 2016 promotion round).

    In addition, Adelaide Education Specialists will have their profile and achievements displayed on the University's Website, be offered keynote participation in the Festival of Learning and Teaching, leadership of communities of practice, and the opportunity to chair program reviews and engage in peer review of teaching, as part of their established workload allocation. It is envisaged that 5 Education Specialists (1 per faculty), selected by the Academy, will join Academic Board and that at least 1 will also be present on University Learning Committee well as any other committee or working party dealing with strategic and operational Learning and Teaching issues.

  • Member Testimonials

    Associate Professor Sophie Karanicolas

    Dr Beth Loveys

    Associate Professor Cathy Snelling

    Dr Hayley McGrice

  • Appointment as an Adelaide Education Specialist

    Many staff nominated by Executive Deans as potential Education Specialists recently participated in our first forum to provide information to staff about the Academy.

    The first cohort of the academy was announced at the official Launch on Wednesday 23 March 2016.

    Interested staff from Level B upwards, who seek and look forward to greater work focus on education-related duties, and wish to be considered to become Education Specialists now need to provide an Adelaide Education Academy Expression of Interest Form pdf or doc (Staff only) to the Office of the DVC&VP(A), which includes 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
    • Evidence of positive student evaluations over the last 2 years
    • Evidence of support from their Head of School and Executive Dean

    A call for Expressions of Interest will be announced later in the year.

  • Resources & Helpful links
Division of Academic and Student Engagement

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005

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