Teaching Advantage (TA) is a professional development program for PhD candidates and early career academic staff who are teaching (or want to teach) in a University environment.
In late 2019, the TA program was awarded Bronze in the Wharton Reimagine Education Awards in the category of Nurturing Employability, a reflection of its impact in supporting PhD candidates with their future academic careers. It was also awarded Silver in the Oceania region, reflecting that QUT is leading education practice in the local context.
Teaching Advantage builds skills in teaching, unit coordination and developing an academic career through a series of interactive workshops. The workshops include in-depth activities and presentations to illustrate practical and relevant teaching, coordination, and career-building techniques. TA also provides participants with a mentored pathway to Higher Education Academy (HEA) recognition as Associate Fellows of the HEA.
Teaching Advantage is designed to help participants:
This award-winning Australian program of is designed to benefit host institutions by exposing their early career staff to innovative, scholarly and evidence-based professional learning to build institutional capacity in learning and teaching.
Teaching Advantage has won institutional, national and international awards, including the International Education Association of Australia’s Award for Best Practice (2015) and the Australian Federal Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching Program Award for Excellence (2015). In late 2019, the TA program was awarded Bronze in the Wharton Reimagine Education Awards in the category of Nurturing Employability, as well as Silver for the Oceania region.
Professor Abby Cathcart (email@example.com) is a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has received three national Australian Awards for University Teaching. She is a visiting academic in the Centre for Higher Education Learning and Teaching at Australian National University and an international accreditor for the UK Higher Education Academy. Professor Cathcart is Head of QUT’s Academy of Learning and Teaching and a Professor of Work and Organisation in QUT Business School. In 2014 Abby received the inaugural David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Award Medal at QUT.
Associate Professor Dominique Greer (firstname.lastname@example.org) is based in the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, and is active in teaching, research and supervising. Dr Greer is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and was the founding co-director of the Teaching Advantage program for which she shared a 2014 QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award for significant and superior Contribution to the University.
Professor Larry Neale (email@example.com) is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and an active researcher and teaching academic in the QUT Business School. He has held several QUT leadership roles, including Chair of QUT’s Academic Integrity Working Party and Lead Curriculum Developer for QUT’s Bachelor of Entertainment Industries. He received an Innovation in Teaching Award in 2010 and the Distinguished Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014 from the Society for Marketing Advances (USA). Professor Neale has also won three Vice Chancellor’s Excellence awards at QUT for Leadership, Innovation and Teaching Excellence.
Advance HE (formerly the UK Higher Education Academy) is committed to enhancing teaching and supporting learning in higher education. They work with governments, universities and other higher education providers in more than 25 countries.
The Professional Standards Framework (PSF) is the backbone of Advance HE’s accreditation and recognition schemes and enables individuals and institutions to benchmark their practice globally and drive improvements in learning and teaching. There are now more than 100,000 HEA Fellows worldwide. Teaching Advantage is an accredited pathway to international professional recognition as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy enabling successful applicants to join the global community of HEA Fellows.