ERIC Number: EJ1044015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effectiveness of Academic Workload Models in an Institution: A Staff Perspective
Kenny, John D. J.; Fluck, Andrew E.
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v36 n6 p585-602 2014
The demands on academic staff are increasing to the point where effective mechanisms for the allocation of their work are now necessary. Despite the inherent difficulties of categorising academic work, nearly all enterprise agreements at Australian universities include a clause designed to avoid work overload. Through a questionnaire, the investigators sought feedback from academic staff about their perceptions of the operational effectiveness of the workload allocation models and their opinions concerning transparency, fairness and ability to regulate workloads. The conclusion reached is that an effective workload allocation process requires academic staff to be fully involved in its development and implementation to ensure its credibility and fairness. Effectiveness is increased with a standardised university-wide approach, applied transparently and incorporated into the budget and resource allocation processes of the university so that increasing pressure on academics to meet a range of performance expectations is linked directly to realistic workloads.
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Faculty Workload, Foreign Countries, Credibility, Feedback (Response), Teacher Attitudes, Resource Allocation, Budgeting, Expectation, Standards, Teacher Effectiveness, College Faculty, Correlation, Models, Universities, Participatory Research, Action Research, Mixed Methods Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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