Teaching Advantage

High impact professional development for staff who teach and support learning

Preparing Global Academics

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:

  • Learn about practical and scholarly aspects of teaching in a collegial environment
  • Develop their teaching practice
  • Explore the challenges of successful unit coordination
  • Strengthen their academic career in higher education
  • Build evidence of their reflective practice in a teaching portfolio
  • Achieve international recognition for their learning and teaching as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching Philosophy Statement

Create your own Teaching Philosophy Statement using a free, innovative app developed by the Directors of Teaching Advantage. This digital resource was adapted from research and associated resources by Beatty, Leigh and Lund Dean (2009).
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TA Benefits

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.

Meet the TA Directors

The transdisciplinary Teaching Advantage Program is led and delivered by three award winning research- and teaching-active academics from QUT:

Professor Abby Cathcart (abby.cathcart@qut.edu.au) 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 (dominique.greer@qut.edu.au) 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 (l.neale@qut.edu.au) 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.

International recognition by Advance HE

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.

  • "I learned about developing ILOs and the alignment of ILOs with teaching activities and assessments. I learned about feedback (this is very inspiring) in terms that feedback could benefit current students and help to tailor our teaching activities."
    2017 TA participant, Beijing, China
  • "The process [of benchmarking teaching practice against the PSF] is very enlightening…it gives me an opportunity to reflect on my work and think about the future"
    2018 TA participant, Shanghai, China
  • "TA opened my eyes to the theoretical aspects of teaching, particularly in respect to constructive alignment and the development of a teaching philosophy."
    2018 TA participant, Brisbane, Australia
  • "I now feel more confident in my capabilities as a teacher... I now have a bank of strategies for activating my classes."
    2018 TA participant, Brisbane, Australia

Interested in delivering Teaching Advantage at your institution?

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