4TU moving forward in rewarding teaching excellence

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4TU moving forward in rewarding teaching excellence

Earlier this year a Teaching Cultures Survey was conducted amongst 4TU lecturers to gather their views about the status of university teaching at their university. 33% of our academic staff members have responded. The outcomes are taken very seriously at all 4TUs as part of the professional development of teaching career paths. The findings have been compared with peer universities around the world. In the Netherlands the Teaching Cultures Survey was introduced and sponsored by 4TU.CEE.

Results

2678 members of the 4TU academic community took part in the survey, ranging in seniority from PhD students to senior university management. The results show that survey participants were positive about 4TU’s support for university teaching but would like to see greater recognition of teaching within the academic career in appraisal and promotion. Here are six interesting findings:

  1. Professional development: the majority of staff values pedagogical training and development as a regular part of their job (86%);
  2. Teaching is undervalued: over 50% of academic staff members feel that teaching is a career limiting path, and only 23% perceive that teaching provides a positive impact on career progression;
  3. Prioritising teaching excellence: over 50% of staff would like university teaching to be very important in promotion opportunities. The support is largest among university leadership;
  4. Commitment to rewarding teaching excellence  is not perceived by academic staff with only 18% perceiving university management to be very committed.
  5. Teaching deserves more attention in the annual appraisal as only 25% stated substantial interest was shown for teaching activities during the annual appraisal.
  6. The 4TUs provide a supportive learning environment with opportunities to develop and improve teaching practices (67%).

About the Teaching Cultures Survey

The Teaching Cultures Survey was developed by a global partnership to explore and track the culture and status of teaching in universities. It stems from the Teaching Excellence Framework by Ruth Graham, an open-access career framework to help universities evaluate and reward the teaching achievements of their academic staff.

Next steps

VSNU has embedded this Teaching Excellence strategy in its new HR policy paper for all Dutch universities, striving for a new balance in recognition and rewards for academics. All four TUs have started to implement new educational career opportunities. 4TU.CEE will support these initiatives by providing best practises from their national and  international network, and by supporting HR at each TU with implementation using the Roadmap for Change. The survey will be repeated in 2021 and 2023 to measure progress.

4TU moving forward in rewarding teaching excellence

4TU moving forward in rewarding teaching excellence

Earlier this year a Teaching Cultures Survey was conducted amongst 4TU lecturers to gather their views about the status of university teaching at their university. 33% of our academic staff members have responded. The outcomes are taken very seriously at all 4TUs as part of the professional development of teaching career paths. The findings have been compared with peer universities around the world. In the Netherlands the Teaching Cultures Survey was introduced and sponsored by 4TU.CEE.

Results

2678 members of the 4TU academic community took part in the survey, ranging in seniority from PhD students to senior university management. The results show that survey participants were positive about 4TU’s support for university teaching but would like to see greater recognition of teaching within the academic career in appraisal and promotion. Here are six interesting findings:

  1. Professional development: the majority of staff values pedagogical training and development as a regular part of their job (86%);
  2. Teaching is undervalued: over 50% of academic staff members feel that teaching is a career limiting path, and only 23% perceive that teaching provides a positive impact on career progression;
  3. Prioritising teaching excellence: over 50% of staff would like university teaching to be very important in promotion opportunities. The support is largest among university leadership;
  4. Commitment to rewarding teaching excellence  is not perceived by academic staff with only 18% perceiving university management to be very committed.
  5. Teaching deserves more attention in the annual appraisal as only 25% stated substantial interest was shown for teaching activities during the annual appraisal.
  6. The 4TUs provide a supportive learning environment with opportunities to develop and improve teaching practices (67%).

About the Teaching Cultures Survey

The Teaching Cultures Survey was developed by a global partnership to explore and track the culture and status of teaching in universities. It stems from the Teaching Excellence Framework by Ruth Graham, an open-access career framework to help universities evaluate and reward the teaching achievements of their academic staff.

Next steps

VSNU has embedded this Teaching Excellence strategy in its new HR policy paper for all Dutch universities, striving for a new balance in recognition and rewards for academics. All four TUs have started to implement new educational career opportunities. 4TU.CEE will support these initiatives by providing best practises from their national and  international network, and by supporting HR at each TU with implementation using the Roadmap for Change. The survey will be repeated in 2021 and 2023 to measure progress.