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Operationalising academic performance: implementing teaching performance expectations


Booth, S and Saunders, C, Operationalising academic performance: implementing teaching performance expectations, Tertiary Education and Management Conference 2014 Refereed Papers, 31 August - 1 September 2014, Cairns, Queensland, pp. 7-18. ISBN 978-0-9808563-5-4 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Universities across the higher education sector are under increasing pressure from external and internal demands to demonstrate accountability and transparency in academic performance. In July 2012, the University of Tasmania approved Opening UTAS to Talent: The UTAS Academic, which outlines minimum performance expectations in research and learning and teaching. This paper presents an overview of the development and implementation of the University's Teaching Performance Expectations from 2012-2014. Development of these was strongly informed by the work of Gunn and Fisk, the key findings and outcomes from an international benchmarking project on promotion policies and processes and feedback from institution-wide workshops. It highlights the importance of effective cross-institutional benchmarking as an enabling process in response to the need for some institutions to improve their engagement with teaching enhancement, internal benchmarking to ensure reward and recognition processes are fair and robust across the institution and comparative mechanisms to explore and improve teaching excellence in a rapidly changing environment. The framework that has been developed provides clear statements of expectations for all academic staff with a learning and teaching role and ensures individual accountability for managing one's performance, individual development, promotion and career opportunities in learning and teaching.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:performance expectations, promotion, teaching excellence
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:Booth, S (Dr Sara Booth)
UTAS Author:Saunders, C (Dr Cassie Saunders)
ID Code:96031
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Academic Division
Deposited On:2014-10-16
Last Modified:2015-04-30

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