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Meizlish, Deborah S.; Wright, Mary C.; Howard, Joseph; Kaplan, Matthew L. – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
This paper presents a quasi-experimental evaluation of a required, teaching-focused, new faculty program at a large research university. The study makes use of institutional data, including student evaluations of teaching and faculty participation in educational development activities, which are available on many campuses yet rarely used in…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, School Statistics, Beginning Teachers
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Cook-Sather, Alison; Schlosser, Joel Alden; Sweeney, Abigail; Peterson, Laurel M.; Cassidy, Kimberly Wright; Colón García, Ana – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
Academic development that supports the enactment of positive psychology practices through student-faculty pedagogical partnership can increase faculty confidence and capacity in their first year in a new institution. When student partners practice affirmation and encouragement of strengths-based growth, processes of faculty acclimation and…
Descriptors: Positive Attitudes, Psychology, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Student Relationship
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Smart, Fiona; Loads, Daphne – International Journal for Academic Development, 2017
As pressures on new academic staff members increase and change, academic developers need to find different ways of working with them. This paper offers for discussion a new way of supporting early career academics in their negotiation of liminality, the betwixt and between space separating old and new roles. We call this innovative approach…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Innovation, Models
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Fraser, Kym; Greenfield, Rosie; Pancini, Geri – International Journal for Academic Development, 2017
In this paper we argue that institutions need to support early career teachers to learn to teach in much the same way that students who are new to higher education are supported: through integrated and intentionally designed transition strategies. We take a published student transition typology and adapt it to identify ways of supporting early…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Persistence, Communities of Practice, Scholarship
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Monk, Sue; McKay, Loraine – International Journal for Academic Development, 2017
This paper draws on Lewis Carroll's character of Alice as a metaphor for interrogating identity construction and agency amongst early career academics, a process which can seem like Alice's pursuit of the White Rabbit in a strange land. Keeping in mind the effects of neoliberalism on the tertiary sector, we recognise the centrality of personal…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Professional Identity, Teacher Background, Figurative Language
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Thomson, Kate – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
Engaging in informal activities, like conversations with colleagues, is one way that professionals can learn within workplace contexts. Informal conversations present opportunities for academics to learn about teaching. The current study investigated academics' experience of informal conversations, and their experience of the relations between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Semi Structured Interviews, Grounded Theory
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Hendry, Graham D.; Bell, Amani; Thomson, Kate – International Journal for Academic Development, 2014
This article reports on a study of academics who observed their colleagues' teaching at a large research-intensive university in Australia. These academics had completed peer observation as part of a foundations programme designed for those new to teaching or new to the university. Survey responses and interview transcripts form the basis of an…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Interviews, Investigations, College Faculty
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Matthews, Kelly E.; Lodge, Jason M.; Bosanquet, Agnes – International Journal for Academic Development, 2014
Early career academia is a challenging time, particularly as academics are facing increasing pressures to excel across a range of areas. Boyer argued for the "true scholar" versed in the overlapping areas of scholarship in research, teaching, integration and engagement. Academic developers have an important role to play in assisting the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Faculty Development, Scholarship
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Saito, Eisuke – International Journal for Academic Development, 2013
It is challenging for ex-practitioners beginning to teach in higher education settings due to their long experience in other fields. In this paper, as an example of a nexus of practitioners and academics, the focus is the issues of novice teacher educators at the beginning of their careers and support programmes for them. Three factors were…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Educators, Beginning Teachers, Faculty Development
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Cox, Milton D. – International Journal for Academic Development, 2013
This paper traces the history and impact of communities of practice (CoPs) in supporting early-career academics, although the primary focus here in the United States is on the faculty learning community (FLC) model, a special type of CoP in higher education. The initial development of this model, beginning in 1979, takes place over two decades at…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, College Faculty, Tenure, Teacher Characteristics
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Clarke, Catherine; Reid, Jacqueline – International Journal for Academic Development, 2013
There is limited research into the effectiveness of non-accredited foundational courses for new academic staff. An ongoing issue is that of attention and anxiety overload in the critical first period of employment when the challenges of establishing oneself in a new collegial environment are most acute. Approaches to addressing this issue may be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Development, College Faculty, Interviews
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Grant, Barbara; Barrow, Mark – International Journal for Academic Development, 2013
For 40 years, the "staff teaching seminar" has aimed to prepare academics to meet the complex demands of university teaching. In Aotearoa/New Zealand (NZ), as elsewhere, the seminar emerged in the late 1960s-early 1970s, and preceded centrally funded academic development (AD) centres. Targeting new academics, the programme typically…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Development, College Instruction, College Faculty
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Butcher, John; Stoncel, Di – International Journal for Academic Development, 2012
This article explores the impact of a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PG Cert.) on new lecturers, appointed for their professional expertise. It focuses on staff perceptions of acculturation into the discourses of university learning and teaching. Drawing on a literature review which reveals (at best) ambivalent evidence…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Career Change, Beginning Teachers, Educational Certificates
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Gale, Helen – International Journal for Academic Development, 2011
This paper is based on research into academic identities amongst early-career academics in a UK post-1992, teaching-orientated university. Literature around academic identity suggests five major academic roles: teaching, research, management, writing and networking. However, this appears to be a picture of an established mid-career academic in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Professional Identity, Beginning Teachers
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Thomas, Keith; McNaught, Carmel; Wong, Kin-Chi; Li, Yi-Ching – International Journal for Academic Development, 2011
This paper discusses early-career academics' development at a university in Hong Kong. Reflecting the impact of local context, the paper explores cultural and structural influences that can impinge on teaching and learning strategies for new academics. Barriers such as student learning behaviour and publication pressure may discourage new…
Descriptors: Asian Culture, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries, Professional Development
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