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What is Academic Development

Handbook of Research on Administration, Policy, and Leadership in Higher Education
Sometimes referred to as educational or professional development, it involves academic and professional staff in planned activities to enhance all dimensions of teaching, learning and scholarship in universities.
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Change Leadership, Management and Strategies to Promote Quality University Teaching and Learning
Lynne Hunt (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Denise Chalmers (University of Western Australia, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0672-0.ch015
This chapter provides an overview of change leadership and management strategies to promote the quality of university teaching and learning. It draws attention to the organisational contexts of universities that encompass change leadership processes, emphasizing the need for whole-of-university approaches and ‘joined-up' policies, plans and procedures that support teaching. The discussion is organized in terms of five principles of action (McInnes et al., 2012). These are (1) Shape the strategic vision that puts student learning and student experience at its core; (2) Inspire and enable excellence; (3) Devolve leadership of learning and teaching; (4) Reward, recognize and develop teaching; and (5) Involve students.
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