The spread of selection criteria as advertised for academic positions at Queensland Universities in 2007

Alderman, Lyn (2008) The spread of selection criteria as advertised for academic positions at Queensland Universities in 2007. Queensland University of Technology, Brisabne, QLD. [Working Paper]


In Australia, the Higher Education sector is undergoing a period of change with increased focus on accountability and the quality of ‘teaching and learning’. It is in this context of change that my interest has been drawn to the study of how Universities attract academic staff across the Higher Education sector, making comparisons with methods used for research staff as against the United Kingdom (UK) model.

In Australia there is no nationally accepted pre-employment requirement for academic staff to be examined by and registered with an appropriate professional teaching body or to meet some standard set of requirements. However there is anecdotal information of self-regulating arrangements for post-employment training for academic staff involved directly in teaching roles. This requirement is not standard and varies from just a few days through to the achievement of a teaching graduate certificate. As a result of the absence of established standards there is greater variation of the emphasis placed on the way each University selects academic staff for such a teaching role.

The employment selection processes are generally kept private to an employer however it is general procedure to publish the Selection Criteria for advertised positions in national newspapers and on employer websites. Hence this general procedure presents an opportunity to explore the Higher Education sector during the advertisement phase of the selection process.

This paper represents a cross-institutional review of pre-employment Selection Criteria by Universities in Queensland, Australia through the collection, collation and analysis of the Selection Criteria set out in nationally advertised academic positions.

A database of the positions advertised from September-October 2007 was assembled to show the range of attributes and to compare positions by institution, category, tenure, and appointment. The text analysis of Selection Criteria will establish that they are a reasonable vehicle to establish a defacto self-regulating standard for the employment of academic staff in Queensland Universities though current practice indicates varying degrees of success.

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ID Code: 96738
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: higher education, teaching, lecturer, pedagogy, evaluation
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2016 23:02
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2016 08:04

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