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As part of the Education Strategy, we want to establish a sustainable, inclusive and impactful teaching excellence academy for Charles Sturt. We want an institution that recognises, rewards and values excellent teaching, with increased scholarly activity leading to greater research grant success and National and International Teaching Awards.
The proposed Academy model is informed by:
Aligning Academy activity with University priorities and embedding it in our everyday activities, structures and processes will be essential.
Learning and teaching academies consistently endorse nine broad areas of strategic activity:
These areas have been endorsed by surveyed staff as the expected ‘potential benefits’ of an academy and provide a framework for formulating a fit-for-purpose Charles Sturt strategy
The benefits of Academy membership would include:
The proposed Academy was benchmarked with over 60 national and international universities This benchmarking exercise aimed to identify best practices and potential teaching academy models. It investigated:
A survey for establishing a teaching academy was promoted throughout May. Eighty-six staff completed the survey. Survey responses came from across the faculties and divisions. Over 76% of respondents reported being a Subject Coordinator/Subject Convenor, a Subject lecturer or a Sessional Academic Staff.
Overall, survey participants indicated that:
They also indicated that membership should be open to all Charles Sturt staff interested in learning and teaching, encourage active participation and provide the following opportunities:
Staff identified some significant challenges in forming a teaching academy such as:
September 2022: Teaching Academy Drop In Sessions will occur during the week commencing 5 September. These are 30-minute sessions where you can bring your ideas, thoughts and experiences. See your email for more information.
September - November 2022: Approval via relevant governance committee with final approval by Academic Senate
First quarter 2023: Academy established
We are hosting a series of 30-minute drop-in sessions to inform the development of the Charles Sturt Teaching Excellence Academy.
For further information about this strategic project: