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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 of the Adelaide Education Academy is open to staff who are judged to meet the criteria for teaching excellence.

    Membership will be in two categories:

    Full Members of the Academy are continuing academic staff at Levels B-E who have been formally recognised by the University as 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 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 15 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

    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.

  • Benefits of becoming a Member of The Adelaide Education Academy

    All members of the Academy, including affiliate members, will be invited to participate in Academy activities each year, such as workshops, seminars, and forums.

    All full members of the Education Academy will receive:

    • Exclusive opportunity to bid for specific support through a Learning and Teaching Advancement Grant Scheme.
      Full members of the Academy may apply for funding 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 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.

  • Member Testimonials

    Associate Professor Sophie Karanicolas

    Dr Beth Loveys

    Associate Professor Cathy Snelling

    Dr Hayley McGrice

  • Appointment as an Adelaide Education Specialist

    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:

    to the Office of the DVC&VP(A).

    The EOI asks staff to provide information about their teaching philosophy, reasons for joining the Adelaide Education Academy, their innovative teaching practice and experience of leadership in teaching and learning, their scholarly practice, any professional recognition for teaching and evidence of teaching excellence. A 3 page CV, full copies of SELTS courses over the last 2 years, and Head of School and Executive Dean sign off are also required.

    Calls for Expressions of Interest are made towards the end of each calendar year, with new Education Specialists beginning their appointments in the following year.

  • Resources & Helpful links
Division of Academic and Student Engagement

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005

Street Address

Level 7, Wills Building
North Terrace Campus


T +61 8 8313 5901
F +61 8 8313 8333