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Support for new academics

The University’s Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) has operated a valued programme for new teachers over many years aimed at support and providing relevant information on aspects of teaching and the Otago Teaching Profile. If you are a new academic at the University and you would like to know what HEDC can offer, contact Professor Kerry Shephard for a chat on 64 3 479 8439 or by email at kerry.shephard@otago.ac.nz.

An introduction to University teaching

This programme is run at the start of each academic year. The main purpose of the course is to introduce university teaching to those new to the task, but experienced teachers are more than welcome to attend and treat the course as a refresher.

There is a strong focus on networking as well as course content. Morning and afternoon teas and lunches are provided during the three days, and a dinner is held on the evening of Day Two.

The workshop is advertised as part of the Professional Development Programme and is open to all teaching staff who may wish to attend.

New Academic Staff conference

The New Staff Conference is designed for confirmation track university academics and is organised by HEDC and Human Resources. The conference involves presentations and discussions with key speakers from the University and a chance to talk to those who provide support services for staff and students, with opportunities to meet other academics informally. The conference includes a session run by Human Resources and an opportunity to learn about the Treaty of Waitangi and how to honour the principles in a University setting.

For information about the next New Academic Staff Conference, contact Joanne Smith.

Pooling Teaching Tips (PTT)

Pooling Teaching Tips is a workshop held regularly at HEDC for all teaching staff at the University of Otago, but with a particular focus on those new to teaching in higher education. To find out when the next workshop in this series is scheduled go to the workshop registration page.

Professional Development Programme workshops

Other workshops are held throughout the year on a wide range of learning and teaching topics.  You can browse the list of workshops on our HEDC workshop registration page.

If you are a new academic at the University, HEDC would be grateful if you could get in touch to help us update our database. Please contact Joanne Smith.