Third CETL conference, 13-15 December 2009

Beyond Teaching and Research: inclusive understandings of Academic Practice

The third conference organised by the Centre for Excellence in Preparing for Academic Practice was held at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, from 13 to 15 December 2009. The event was focused on the development of holistic depictions of academic careers - ones conceptualized as more than teaching and/or research. We sought a wide range of creative responses to this idea; initial suggestions include academic practice as career development, mentoring, academic climate, relationships between academic work and wider life, academic writing and discourse, and emotions or affect in academic work.

Keynote speakers:

  • Anna Neumann, Professor of Higher Education, Columbia University
  • Pat Thomson, Professor of Education, University of Nottingham
  • Egbert de Weert, Senior Research Associate, University of Twente

There were two strands to which seminar submissions were directed: Research, and Evaluation of Practice(s). Topics such as: agency; mentoring; academic practice in doctoral programmes; and "academic climates" were addressed under either or both of these headings.

In addition to these themed presentations and the keynotes speeches, there were also semi-formal discussion sessions, addressing subjects of particular shared interest, and a private reception for early career academics (doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, research staff and new lecturers)

A further conference, organised along similar lines, is being planned for April 2011; details will be made available on the Learning Institute's website in due course.