HERDSA: Request - What is an Academic developer
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 16:50:36 +1300
Dr Kym Fraser, of the CHED at Monash University posts the following
request. Please send replies to her directly at
I am about to conduct a study of specific issues related to academic
developers and academic development in Australia. I would be most
grateful if you would, by the end of this week, 1) comment on the
definition of Academic Developers, and 2) indicate if you know of work
which has been done on any or all of the research questions.
1. What are the career paths of Academic Developers as they move into
and out of the profession?
2. What are the career paths of Directors of Academic Development
Centres as they move into and out of the profession?
3. What constitutes 'own' professional development for Academic
4. What has been the focus of Academic Development work since the
5. What are the current and projected growth areas in Academic
Academic development - defined.
For the purposes of this project an academic developer is a university
staff member whose primary work is to assist academics to 'improve'
their teaching. So, for the purposes of this study, the following would
not be considered to be academic developers:
1) academic and general student learning staff, who, while they liaise
with academics, have students as their primary focus;
2) distance eduation specialists who, while they liaise with academics,
have the production of distance education material as their primary
3) multimedia technology experts who, while they liaise with academics,
have the development of 'multimedia as their primary focus.
I realise this definition is at best contentious and I would be grateful
for your assistance in thinking through the pros and cons of it.
Thanks very much
Dr Kym Fraser
Centre for Higher Education and Development
Phone (03) 9905-6811
Fax (03) 9905-6801
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