Explorations of the role academic managers play in engaging and supporting staff preparedness for professional recognition

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    Gibbs (2008) highlights that, in order to develop teaching excellence, leadership activities such as nurturing an environment where it is permissible to talk in a scholarly manner about T&L, and where this is enabled through departmental structures, need to occur. Gibbs also concluded that to drive teaching excellence forward managers need to value, encourage and celebrate teaching. Literature on the leadership of T&L also highlights teacher development as a component of the responsibilities of the academic leader (Martin et al, 2003; Ramsden, 2003). Within the UK the development of sector standards in T&L (UK PSF, 2011) together with national teaching excellence awards and an increasing focus on professional recognition has helped to re-prioritise teaching development. However, the impact of this approach may be diminished if some manager conceptions and attitudes have lagged behind, thereby slowing down the transition to a more integrated and strategically-led culture of professionalism and teaching excellence. This study explores the role the academic manager plays in influencing, motivating and supporting engagement in T&L CPD and their preparedness for professional recognition. This study is situated in a large UK university with a strong teaching mission. A multimethodological approach has been adopted interpreting institutional data from over five years. Evaluations from CPD activities, recognition and reward schemes have been collated and analysed for patterns of engagement. Against this rich backdrop, semi-structured interviews with 15 academic managers have been conducted to explore potential links between their leadership approach and its influence on staff engagement with CPD. This analysis has shown considerable variation in engagement with CPD opportunities, reward and recognition processes across departments. Results indicate manager conceptions of teacher excellence, and the value they place on teaching as a professional and scholarly endeavour, impact on their prioritisation, motivation and support for staff engagement with CPD.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventSEDA SPRING TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE 2014 - Copthorne Hotel , Newcastle, United Kingdom
    Duration: 15 May 201416 May 2014
    http://SEDA SPRING TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE 2014

    Conference

    ConferenceSEDA SPRING TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE 2014
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityNewcastle
    Period15/05/1416/05/14
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