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Asghar, Mandy; Pilkington, Ruth – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
The question of how academics in higher education institutions demonstrate they have the ability to teach and provide a high quality learning experience challenges the sector. Within this context, the use of professional dialogue for recognising teaching expertise is growing. This qualitative research explored how 16 academics valued their…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Effectiveness, Expertise, Teacher Attitudes
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Roberts, Lynne D.; Seaman, Kristen – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
There is a paucity of research, training, and material available to support supervisors of undergraduate dissertation students. This article explores what "good" supervision might look like at this level. Interviews were conducted with eight new supervisors and six dissertation coordinators using a critical incident methodology. Thematic…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Theses, Supervision, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship
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Wallin, Patric; Adawi, Tom – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are increasingly taking on mentoring roles in undergraduate research (UR). There is, however, a paucity of research focusing on how they conceptualize their mentoring role. In this qualitative interview study, we identified three entry points that mentors reflect on to define their role: (1) What are…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Mentors, Reflection
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Share, Michelle – International Journal for Academic Development, 2016
This study examined the viva experiences of 87 social science PhD graduates from three Irish higher education institutions through a questionnaire that assessed outcome, preparation, conduct and post-viva. The majority were awarded their PhD with minor corrections, considered their viva as a summative assessment, and emphasised its purpose as…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes
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Jawitz, Jeff; Perez, Teresa – International Journal for Academic Development, 2016
It is often assumed that academics working in a research intensive university are unlikely to invest in the professional development of their teaching. Institutional structures and culture tend to undermine investment in academics' teaching role. This study, conducted at the University of Cape Town, draws on an analysis of the environment within…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Decision Making, College Faculty, Professional Identity
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Marquis, Elizabeth; Jung, Bonny; Fudge Schormans, Ann; Lukmanji, Sara; Wilton, Robert; Baptiste, Susan – International Journal for Academic Development, 2016
In light of the growing population of students with disabilities at colleges and universities worldwide, faculty development connected to accessible teaching is of paramount importance. Drawing from the existing literature and from the results of a qualitative study of educational accessibility at one Canadian university, this article offers a…
Descriptors: Disabilities, College Students, Inclusion, Faculty Development
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Boyd, Pete; Smith, Caroline; Ilhan Beyaztas, Dilek – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
Academic developers need to understand the situated workplaces of the academic tribes they are supporting. This study proposes the use of the expansive--restrictive workplace learning environment continuum as a tool for evaluation of academic workplaces. The tool is critically appraised through its application to the analysis of workplace…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Conditions, College Faculty, Nursing Education
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Pyörälä, Eeva; Hirsto, Laura; Toom, Auli; Myyry, Liisa; Lindblom-Ylänne, Sari – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
The University of Helsinki established a Teachers' Academy to reward excellence in teaching. This study focuses on teachers' significant networks and their meaningful conversations about teaching and learning before the establishment of the Teachers' Academy. The research data consisted of answers to open-ended questions, and were examined using…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Higher Education
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Pifer, Meghan J.; Baker, Vicki L.; Lunsford, Laura G. – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
In this article, we consider the role of departmental contexts and relationships in faculty work within liberal arts colleges. Knowledge about how departmental networks relate to success and satisfaction may inform the work of those who support faculty work in liberal arts colleges, as well as other institution types. Analysis of quantitative and…
Descriptors: Departments, Informal Education, Work Environment, Role
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Baughan, Patrick – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
Various studies have investigated the views of higher education staff and students about sustainability, yet educational developer perspectives are under-represented in the research. This project gathered educational developer perspectives about sustainability in the curriculum. It sought to capture their views about a national sustainability…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Investigations
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Matthews, Kelly E.; Crampton, Andrea; Hill, Matthew; Johnson, Elizabeth D.; Sharma, Manjula D.; Varsavsky, Cristina – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
Social network perspectives acknowledge the influence of disciplinary cultures on academics' teaching beliefs and practices with implications for academic developers. The contribution of academic developers in 18 scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) projects situated in the sciences are explored by drawing on data from a two-year national…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, College Faculty
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Chadha, Deesha; Sato, Hiroaki – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
In 2004, Ray Land produced extensive literature on the 12 orientations of academic developers. These orientations provided academic developers with a useful tool through which they have been able to better articulate their roles and their place in academia. We have used the orientations model to establish, compare, and contrast the identity of…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Research Universities
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O'Neill, Geraldine; Donnelly, Roisin; Fitzmaurice, Marian – International Journal for Academic Development, 2014
Curriculum sequencing is central to promoting a coherent student experience. Yet in the higher education context, the concept and practice of curriculum sequencing have not been fully explored. This research examined how seven programme teams approached the issue of sequencing across two Irish higher education institutions. A phenomenological…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Design, Sequential Approach, Higher Education
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Timmermans, Julie A. – International Journal for Academic Development, 2014
The purpose of this multiple case study was to identify threshold concepts in the careers of educational developers. Twenty-one common threshold concepts emerged, with one threshold concept common among all participants: Facilitating a change process. The remaining 20 threshold concepts were captured in the following three categories: (1) Ways of…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Educational Change, Case Studies, Qualitative Research
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Donnelly, Roisin – International Journal for Academic Development, 2013
This article describes the practice of postgraduate supervision on a blended professional development programme for academics, and discusses how connectivism has been a useful lens to explore a complex form of instruction. By examining the processes by which supervisors and their students on a two-year part-time masters in Applied eLearning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Supervision, Electronic Learning