Advancing Practice in Academic Development

Edited by David Baume and Celia Popovic
Routledge Staff and Educational Development Series
Publication: January 2016

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Chapter summaries and extracts will appear on the SEDA Blog over the coming months 


Chapter 1 - Introduction - Some Issues in Academic Development
Celia Popovic and David Baume 

Chapter 2 - Identifying Needs and Opportunities for Academic Development
Charles Neame and Rachel Forsyth

Chapter 3 - Professions and Professionalism in Teaching and Development
Stephen Bostock and David Baume 

Chapter 4 - Supporting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Lecturers
Ruth Pilkington 

Chapter 5 - Consultancy in Academic Development
Sue Thompson

Chapter 6 - Coaching and Mentoring in Academic Development 
Diana Eastcott 

Chapter 7 - Supporting Part-time Teachers and Contract Faculty 
Fran Beaton and Ellen Sims 

Chapter 8 - Technologies and Academic Development
Keith Smyth, Sheila MacNeill, and Peter Hartley

Chapter 9 - Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement
Rowena Pelik 

Chapter 10 - “Is it working?” - Outcomes, Monitoring and Evaluation 
Lorraine Stefani and David Baume 

Chapter 11 - Working with Networks, Microcultures and Communities 
Katarina Mårtensson and Torgny Roxå 

Chapter 12 - Researching Academic Development
Kathryn Sutherland and Barbara Grant 

Chapter 13 - Managing and Leading Change – Models and Practices
Celia Popovic and Kathryn M. Plank 

Chapter 14  - Managing and Leading Projects and Project Teams
Nancy Turner and Peter Hartley 

Chapter 15 - Leading an Academic Development Unit
Julie Hall and David A. Green 

Chapter 16 - Academic Development and Senior Management
Sally Brown and Shân Wareing 

Chapter 17 - Writing, Contributing to and Using Institutional Policies and Strategies
Ian Solomonides  

Chapter 18 - Futures for Academic Development
David Baume and Celia Popovic 

More and more staff in higher education have some responsibility for supporting and leading the improvement of educational practice. This book is written for all such people, whatever their role or job title.

The editors and authors have national and international experience in academic development. As well as experience, they bring a lively, research-informed, critical and questioning approach to academic development. 

The huge changes brought about by and influencing academic development include:     

  • A shift in emphasis from teaching to learning; 
  • Systematic and accredited preparation of new teachers;
  • Continuing professional development for established staff;
  • Advancing scholarship of teaching, learning and academic development;
  • The fast-growing use of technologies;
  • The use of values and outcomes to shape academic development practice;
  • Departmental and institutional strategies and policies for learning and teaching;
  • Growing concerns for accountability and quality assurance;
  • Institutional and national development initiatives and projects;
  • Interest in change-making and leadership processes; and
  • Collaboration with other agents and organizations for change.
These changes are happening in contexts which include:
  • A great increase in the scale of higher education;
  • Greater diversity of students;
  • Greater diversity in student needs for and expectations of higher education, and
  • A squeeze on resources, and consequent emphasis on value for money for all stakeholders.
This book addresses these themes and many others. Case studies and stories are used throughout to illustrate development scenarios and methods.  

Written in a scholarly, accessible, stimulating and practical style, this book acknowledges difficulties and offers ways forward. As well as presenting problems, it offers solutions.
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