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Dr Julie Hayford
[Soestaff] SoE - Research Encounters (new weekly discussion series for staff and PhD students)
Title: Teaching specialist positions: creating elite teachers or an academic under-class in Australia’s research-intensive universities?

Presenter: Dr. Julie Hayford

Abstract: Teaching-specialist positions have become increasingly prevalent in the Australian academic workforces from the beginning of the 21st century. These positions represented a worldwide trend towards the “fragmentation” (Clark, 1987), “unbundling”, (Macfarlane, 2011); Baird, 2013) “segmentation” and “specialisation” of academic work (Roberts & Peters, 2008; Connell & Dados, 2013; Mangeol, 2014; Fitzsimons, 2015; Ingleby, 2015). This webinar presents research that used narrative and thematic history approaches based on publicly available documentary resources to examine the commitment to teaching quality in Australia’s publicly funded research-intensive universities (Go8). Critical analysis focused on globalisation, neoliberalism, New Public Management, and Australian Government higher education policy. Teaching-specialist positions comprised workloads between 60% - 100% of teaching and teaching-related duties. Go8 universities claimed that they offered opportunities for scholarship and leadership, which suggested that they were of equal value and reward to teaching-research roles. This research sought to assess why Go8 universities adopted teaching specialist positions and whether they delivered the benefits that were claimed.

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Sep 9, 2020 04:00 PM in Adelaide

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