Re: Open discussion

Paul A. Reser (pspar@MARLIN.JCU.EDU.AU)
Fri, 4 Mar 1994 12:19:07 +1000

Here at James Cook University (as part of an Australia wide initiative)
there have been some progress in terms of recognition and training for
tertiary teaching. There is a program in place which gives financial awards
in terms of a grant to further develop teaching methods and several awards
are made to different faculties and levels. This allows the recipient to
seek further training or conference attendance specific to tertiary

The Staff Development Unit provides a wide variety of workshops on
lecturing, small group teaching, assessment and so on. If they can't find
the expertise here, they import it. As a beginning tutor and lecturer I
have found some value in these workshops.

This year a postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching has been developed
for staff by the Department of Education. This both allows for training of
staff and a means by which people can be recognised for teaching
qualifications. This a two year program part time, with departments being
asked to releive staff of other duties while enrolled. With so much an
emphasis being placed on research, this was seen as a balancing move. Now
if I could just find the time...
Paul A. Reser
Department of Psychology and Sociology
James Cook University
Townsville, QLD 4811