Developing your academic teaching career • HEA Discipline Lead for Psychology • Dr Julie Hulme
Developing your academic teaching career The teaching you do currently will give you a good idea of what to expect, and will also be important when applying for posts. Selection for academic appointments will look at all your experience – research and teaching. It is important to be able to articulate your reflections on teaching. Competitive market in academia means high quality teaching is a priority. What sorts of teaching activity are you engaged in now? What development activity are you undertaking?
What can you do to develop? • Workshops and conferences around Psychology learning and teaching. • Key themes in Psychology at the moment are • assessment and feedback; • employability; • technology-enhanced learning; • internationalisation; • retention and success; • psychological literacy. • Which of these areas are you confident about? What more do you need to know?
Resources http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/disciplines/psychology Colleagues; Journals – Psychology Learning and Teaching; Psychology Teaching Review; Teaching of Psychology; generic learning and teaching journals; Text books; The British Psychological Society – PsyPAG and the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology.
Postgraduate vs lecturer 1 • Developing from postgrad/postdoc/other teaching to lecturing will require you to take more responsibility: • Writing your own materials; • Supporting other members of the teaching team, e.g. postgraduates; • Setting and marking assessments; • Communicating with students; • Evaluating teaching and quality assurance; • Module and course design.
Postgraduate vs lecturer 2 • You’ll need to manage your teaching alongside your research activity and an administrative load: • Module/course leadership; • Admissions/recruitment and open days; • Careers tutor; • Specific aspects of student support such as level tutor; • Placement co-ordinator; • Exams officer; • And more.
Preparing for the next step 1 • Try to gain a diversity of teaching experience that you can talk about at interview: • Ask if you can give a lecture and/or write your own seminar material for a class; • Make the most of training opportunities in your institution and outside; • Develop your subject understanding; • Reflect on your teaching – what do you do well? What helps students to learn? What do you learn through your teaching experience?
Preparing for the next step 2 • Demonstrate a commitment to quality learning and teaching. • Apply to be an Associate Fellow of the HEA; • See the ‘Click Away’ flyer for ways in which HEA can help your development: • Events and conferences; • UK travel fund; • New to Teaching workshops once in post.
Moving forward • What will you do next to prepare yourself for an academic post? • Keep in touch: • Psychology e-bulletin; • Email; • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk; • Facebook; • Twitter.
What next? On a yellow post-it note, jot down one or two things you’ve found useful today; On a different coloured post-it note, write down one thing you will do as a result.