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Current practice in academic workload allocation processes in Australia


Watson, R and King, R and Dekeyser, S and Bare, L and Baldock, C, Current practice in academic workload allocation processes in Australia, Tertiary Education Management Conference 2016: Refereed Papers, 30 August - 2 September 2016, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, pp. 203-213. ISBN 978-0-9808563-6-1 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Embarking on a large-scale research project to investigate aspects of academic workload management, it was first necessary to gain some understanding of current practice in that context within Australia. With that aim a pilot survey was conducted in 2013 that targeted Deans of Science on the one hand, and workload managers on the other. Survey questions covered three key areas related to workload management: models and rules; process and policy; and systems and software. Comparisons between different types of university, different allocation models for teaching, research and service components of academic workload, and different sizes of academic unit were explored. While the number of responses in absolute terms was relatively limited, and hence the outcomes were not always statistically testable or generalisable, broad trends were readily identifiable. This paper reports on the method and outcomes of the survey, and describes how the information that was obtained has informed the development of an in-depth research project.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Academic workloads
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Education policy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Baldock, C (Professor Clive Baldock)
ID Code:113776
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-01-20
Last Modified:2018-05-09

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