The Career Model for Teaching Focused Academics at the University of St Andrews

The Career Model for Teaching Focused Academics at the University of St Andrews

Clare Peddie & Gerald Prescott, University of St Andrews - Download slides here

The University of St Andrews has been recruiting teaching-focused academics into permanent positions for around 15 years.  A promotions structure is in place where these Teaching Fellows can be promoted to Senior and Principal Teaching Fellow. The Teaching Fellows recruited by the School of Biology have now experience in teaching delivery and development and are taking up senior positions at School, Faculty and University level.  At School level, the last three appointments to the position of Director of Teaching were Teaching Fellows.  At Faculty level, the Dean of each Faculty has three supporting ProDean positions, each with a responsibility for curriculum development, pastoral matters or significant progression and regulatory matters.  In the last ten years, two of the School of Biology Teaching Fellows served the Science Faculty as ProDeans for four-year terms of office.  At University level, the position of ProDean for Postgraduate Taught Programmes is also occupied by a Principal Teaching Fellow initially recruited by the School of Biology at the beginning of the appointment of Teaching Fellows within the University.   This model has been replicated across the University. We will present the successes and lessons learned over the development of the role of teaching-focused academics at St Andrews.