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What does it mean to be an academic in the Social Sciences? by Dr Helen Jones

  1. 1. What does it mean to be an academic in theSocial Sciences?Dr Helen Jones HEA Discipline Lead for SociologyBirmingham Sept 2012 1
  2. 2. Aims• To set out some of the issues resulting from recent changes in HE• To consider the Who, Where, Why, What, How and When of being an academic in the 21st century university system• To outline the role of the Higher Education Academy in supporting excellence in teaching• To provide you with a little more useful knowledge about working smarter 2
  3. 3. ContextSector changing rapidly: all institutions facechallengesIf the ‘student learning experience’ wasn’t thekey driver before, it is now!What was previously ‘bolted on’, now becomes‘central’: employability, skills, student success,student satisfaction, value for money, flexibility,service. 3
  4. 4. Who?• Post-Doctoral students • Academics moving in their first academic disciplines (ie from post (increasing %) Social Policy to Criminology)• ‘Mid-Career Shifters’ following a previous • Academics moving career elsewhere between culturally (sometimes still in different institutions, practice) e.g. post ‘92 to Russell Group• International academics with a first UK post • And many other variations… 4
  5. 5. Where?• In HE and in FE• Wide range of subjects – politics to criminology• Range of contexts – Russell Group, Million+, HE in FE• Mix of career paths – post-docs, professions• Often non-social science first degree• Mix of motivations – teach, research, status, travel, career• Range of student numbers, experience, cultures, languages• Cohorts sizes from 20 to 1,000 + 5
  6. 6. Why?Even to those committed to it, Academia makes littlesense:• We are assumed to have a lot of leisure time filled with reading books but actually work all evenings and weekends;• we send multiple e-mails but complain our own inbox is full;• we read e-mails in supermarkets telling us a journal has rejected our life’s work;• our newspaper and magazine articles, read by millions, are ignored in research assessments;• we are surrounded by students who own better technological gadgets than we do. 6
  7. 7. What?Simply:ResearchTeachingServiceBut includes:Lecturing, tutoring, marking, researching,writing bids, publishing, providing pastoralcare, academic admin, consultancy,checking emails, attending meetings,blogging, reviewing journal articles, 7providing references, conducting curriculum
  8. 8. How?Subject you teach:‘your expertise’………………….…………….… ‘out of comfort zone’Content you teach:‘content freedom’………………………..…….… ‘content prescription’How you work:‘alone’……………….……………………….…………… ‘in a team’Approach to teaching:‘free to choose’……………………………..…….… ‘prescribed’Use of institutional learning systems:‘haphazard’………………..…….…….…….… ‘obligatory/systematic’ 8
  9. 9. When?How can we cope with the reality of 21st century demands within amodel that was developed in the 19th century? 9
  10. 10. Supporting Teaching Who can help academics get AHEAD and WITTY?A – Access W – WorldH – Higher I – InnovatorsE – Education T – TeachingA – Academy T – Today’sD- Y - YouthDevelopmentsWe all need a little help sometimes 10http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cd7Bsp3dDo
  11. 11. What Is This Thing Called… The Higher Education Academy?What do I know about the HEA?1 = next to nothing 59 = plenty 11
  12. 12. Structure Social Sciences STEM Health A&H John CraigSociology and Law Crim Anthropology Education Economics Finance and Business and Politics Accounting Management Hospitality Islamic Marketing Studies
  13. 13. Opportunities and resources• UK Professional • Seminar and Workshop Standards Framework Series• National Teaching • Change Programme Awards • Student Experience• Teaching Development Surveys Grants • Resources Centre• International Scholarship • HEA Annual Conference Scheme • Cluster Conference• Doctoral Programme• New to Teaching events• New to Teaching events 13
  14. 14. New to Teaching EventsWe support staff new to teachingwhether they are full time or parttime lecturers, postgraduates whoteach or graduate teachingassistants. We provide bothdiscipline specific and genericsupport in the form of workshops,resources and toolkits.http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/new-to-teaching http://blogs.heacademy.ac.uk/social- sciences/category/new-to-teaching/ 14
  15. 15. Opportunities and resources• UK Professional • Seminar and Workshop Standards Framework Series• National Teaching • Change Programme Awards •• Fellowship Fellowship• Teaching Development • Student Experience Grants Surveys• International Scholarship • Resources Centre Scheme • HEA Annual Conference• Doctoral Programme • Cluster Conference• New to Teaching events 15
  16. 16. FellowshipProvides an indicator of professional identity for higher educationpractitioners, including the entitlement to use post-nominalletters. Recognition can be obtained by following an accreditedprogramme or by submitting an application to the HEA.AFHEA – Associate Fellow of the Higher Education AcademyFHEA – Fellows of the Higher Education AcademySFHEA - Senior Fellow of the Higher Education AcademyPFHEA – Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academyhttp://www.heacademy.ac.uk/professional-recognition 16
  17. 17. ResourcesRegular newsletters for each disciplineResource Centre and new resourcesdevelopment16 Journals – including ELiSSConsultancy and changehttp://www.heacademy.ac.uk/my_academy 17
  18. 18. What can the Higher Education Academy do for me?What do I want the HEA to do for me? 3 I want the HEA to… 18
  19. 19. Sociology Roadshows Northern Ireland - January Scotland - April North East - March North West - February North Wales - January South Wales - September Midlands - October East Midlands - July South West - May Southern England - December East Anglia - June South East - November 19
  20. 20. Key ContactsHelen Jones – Sociology and CriminologyMichael Bromby - LawRichard Atfield - Business and ManagementLyn Bibbings - Hospitality, Sport, Leisure, Tourism andEventsLyn Vos – MarketingDorron Otter – EconomicsKathy Wright and Will Curtis – EducationSteven Curtis – Politicshttp://www.heacademy.ac.uk/disciplines 20
  21. 21. What do I now know about the Higher Education Academy? 3 I want the HEA to …What do I now know about the HEA? ?1 = next to nothing9 = plenty 21
  22. 22. ReferencesKnight, P. (2002) Being a Teacher in Higher Education, Open UniversityPress.Marr, L. and Forsyth, R. (2011) Identity Crisis: Working in HE in the 21stCentury. Trentham Books.Ramsden, P. (2003) Learning to Teach in Higher Education, 2nd Edition,Routledge.Wood, A. (2012) Doing more with less? – a survey of the work/life balanceof sociology postgraduates. HEA Research Project (forthcoming) 22
  23. 23. Discipline lead contact detailsDr Helen Jones - Discipline Lead for SociologyMobile +44 (0) 725 257513Email helen.jones@heacademy.ac.ukTwitter - @HEA_Sociologyhttp://www.heacademy.ac.uk/disciplines/sociology 23