Promoting the Australian Academic Profession


  • Kym Fraser Swinburne University of Technology
  • Yoni Ryan LaTrobe University


Palabras clave:

academic promotion, community engagement, professional association, public good, service


In a context of the casualisation of the workforce, intensification of workloads, increased technology-mediated teaching and increased research expectations, the authors explored the changing face of Australian academic service – to the university, the community and the profession/discipline. When viewed through the lens of academic promotion, academic service in the Australian higher education sector is ill defined, and poorly described in comparison to the Research and Teaching elements of an academic’s role. While the authors saw some evidence of Australian universities paying greater attention to the ‘Service’ Domain, there still remains inconsistent and ambiguous documentation and guidance provided by universities about the Service Domain. From their review of promotion documentation of 24 percent of Australian universities, the authors identified the following elements which universities could provide to assist academics to develop their applications with respect to their service achievements: descriptions of expected practices in each area of service, and at each academic level; details of evidence that can be used to demonstrate the practices and their impact; and case studies which demonstrate the practices, evidence and impact expected at each academic level in the domain.

Biografía del autor/a

Kym Fraser , Swinburne University of Technology

Adjunct Associate Professor Kym Fraser has worked in academic development and management roles in the tertiary education sector in Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and the United States of America. She is the editor of the books “The Future of Learning and Teaching in Next Generation Learning Spaces” and “Education Development and Leadership in Higher Education”, is a past editor of the HERDSA Green and Gold Guide Series, and author of “Studying for Continuing Professional Development in Health’ and “Student Centred Teaching”. Kym is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, UK and has served as an executive member of the Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching for many years. In 2016 she was awarded and led the Office of Learning and Teaching funded Fellowship “A national, open access Learning and Teaching Induction Program for staff new to teaching” which was a collaboration between 11 Australian universities. The MOOC, Contemporary Approaches to Learning and Teaching, was launched in January 2018. Thousands of colleagues from over 50 countries have enrolled, a dozen universities from five countries have imported the MOOC into their learning management systems, and it is being translated into Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese.


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