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Transcript of Plan your work - 49744

Teaching Academics
the reform agenda
and impact on SoTL engagement
10 academics
cross-disciplinary; cross-institutional; semi-structured interviews
Thematic analysis
(Braun and Clarke, 2006)
Not straight
forward for new TAs
into sotl
Helen Flavell
Lynne Roberts
Georgina Fyfe

of academic roles
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(Hanson, 2009; Whitechurch, 2008)
The wide-spread introduction of Teaching Academic (TA) roles:
raises questions about how teaching quality is defined
provides further impetus for the professionalisation of teaching
expectation of SoTL outputs
highlights the hierarchy between teaching and research
impacts on traditional academic identity and values
(Probert, 2013)

discipline experts
not familiar with education research jargon & methods
high teaching loads
career progression
(Haigh, 2010;
Marquis, Healy, & Vine, 2014;
Skelton, 2012).
mobility between institutions?
Academic identity as process, influenced by how one is perceived and recognised as part of a broader community
(Clegg, 2008; Lieff et al., 2012)
Local Context, Culture and Leadership
"I think the big issue is if the department heads and particular faculties don't care about SoTL, except that some of their staff have to do it; if they don't vaue it then they're not going to be positive about you taking time away from research or teaching to do it."

(Participant 7)
"So I do feel they're very supportive, whether it's because it's this role or just that I'm an early academic as well, they just try to help me as much as they can..." (Participant 1)
"Having people like your position [SoTL Coordinator], supporting..." (Participant 3)
Raising the profile of teaching
"There is not much spoken about research academics. There is a lot talked about in terms of my new role but there is nothing really mentioned about anything to do with the research academics..." (Participant 6)
Insufficient time
Shifting 'goal posts'/career progression
Lost opportunity to 'value add'

"So it was a huge slap in the face and I certainly had physical and emotional reactions, not doubt about it, so very disappointed that I felt I wasn't supported at that time...and totally devalued."
(Participant 9)
"Where am I actually sitting, and where am I going to get recognised in this institution?" (Participant 3)
"The simple answer to that question is finding time and that's workload time and at the moment though I've got to get that other thing out of the way [PhD] so nothing can be done. I'm just flat out." (Participant 10)
Professional, resilient staff
Demonstrated forbearance under very difficult circumstances (for some)
Want to engage in SoTL
Misalignment with expectations, communication issues and leadership/management styles
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