Rewarding Academic Work: the Discussion about Careers
UU Centre for Academic Teaching,Tuesday 10 March, 12:00-14:00 (lunch provided)
This session is open for all audiences. Register here.
The recent position paper by the VSNU, Room for Everyone’s Talent: Towards a New Balance in the Recognition and Rewards of Academics drew international attention and even admiration (see Times Higher Education, Dec. 3 2019) for its call to end the one-sided emphasis on research performance. To answer this call, institutional leaders need to ensure that their faculty development programs support faculty members in their efforts to be “excellent” across the areas outlined by their institution.
Prof Vicki Baker will lead a cross-Atlantic discussion about this issue and offer insights into how such conversations are evolving in the US across all institution types. Questions discussed will include:
- How have such career recognition initiatives faired in the US?
- What are the implications for faculty development?
She will offer an approach to assessing our faculty development programs – one that is not about mere satisfaction with faculty development offerings but instead a strategic assessment of available support that address career stage, disciplinary, and institutional needs. You will leave this session with an assessment framework and action plans to take back to your institution.
Faculty Development in the Liberal Arts
University College Utrecht, Wednesday 11 March, 12:30-17:00 (incl. lunch during & dinner after)
This session is for academic staff members and Deans of University Colleges in the Netherlands. Register here.
Historically, liberal arts colleges have been characterized as “test kitchens” due to the innovative pedagogies, co-curricular, and experiential learning experiences they provide. Yet, liberal arts colleges are under continual scrutiny about the value proposition and relevance of this institution type. Critics often note that other institutions provide the same type of educational experience at a lower cost. However, liberal arts colleges represent an important institution type in the higher education landscape, one that has and continues to be imitated given the value added of this educational model. During this session, Vicki will facilitate strategic planning activities to achieve two goals:
- Create a shared liberal arts vision, messaging, and communication strategy.
- Help session attendees engage in institutional/divisional/departmental strategic planning that aligns with broader stakeholder goals and strategic imperatives.