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The effectiveness of academic workload models in an institution: a staff perspective


Kenny, JDJ and Fluck, AE, The effectiveness of academic workload models in an institution: a staff perspective, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36, (6) pp. 585-602. ISSN 1360-080X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1360080X.2014.957889


The demands on academic staff are increasing to the point where effective mechanisms for the allocation of their work are now necessary. Despite the inherent difficulties of categorising academic work, nearly all enterprise agreements at Australian universities include a clause designed to avoid work overload. Through a questionnaire, the investigators sought feedback from academic staff about their perceptions of the operational effectiveness of the workload allocation models and their opinions concerning transparency, fairness and ability to regulate workloads. The conclusion reached is that an effective workload allocation process requires academic staff to be fully involved in its development and implementation to ensure its credibility and fairness. Effectiveness is increased with a standardised university-wide approach, applied transparently and incorporated into the budget and resource allocation processes of the university so that increasing pressure on academics to meet a range of performance expectations is linked directly to realistic workloads.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:academic workload, effectiveness of workload allocation model, performance expectations
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Kenny, JDJ (Associate Professor John Kenny)
UTAS Author:Fluck, AE (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:94860
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-09-18
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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