This post was contributed by Leigh Sawyer (Manager, Grants, Awards and Fellowships, Learning Futures).
On Thursday 28 June, the Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy was formally launched by Professor Debra Henly, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Professor Gemma Carey (PFHEA), Chair of the Griffith Learning and Teaching Academy. This was a special occasion as it is the first time Academy members had gathered together. This opportunity saw members from a range of Academic Groups and Schools and Departments meet and network, through their shared interest and expertise in learning and teaching.
The Academy’s vision is to enhance and recognise excellence in learning and teaching through collaborative and scholarly practice. The Academy has five key aims:
- Provide strategic oversight of processes to recognise the achievements and contributions of exemplary Griffith educators including Higher Education Academy Fellowships, institutional learning and teaching awards, and support for national award applicants
- Promote the scholarship of learning and teaching at Griffith
- Encourage and enhance leadership in learning and teaching at Griffith
- Advance staff professional learning by utilising the recognised expertise of exemplary Griffith educators
- Contribute to the dissemination of scholarly and innovative learning and teaching practice at Griffith
Membership of the Academy is by invitation from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) to staff who have recently attained recognition of their learning and teaching through institutional or national awards and Higher Education Academy Fellowship.
Professor Debra Henly who opened the event, stated that the Academy “is an exciting initiative for the University because of the opportunity it presents to enhance the profile of learning and teaching at Griffith and recognise the achievements and contributions of our exemplary Griffith educators”.
Professor Gemma Carey introduced the Academy Steering Committee members, including the four Academy Group Chapter Chairs. Each Academic Group has established a Group Chapter of the Academy to facilitate local contribution and capacity building. Each Group Chapter is coordinated by a Group Chair working in partnership with the relevant Dean (Learning and Teaching).
One of the Academy Steering Committee’s key projects is reviewing current practice across the institution with respect to Communities of Practice in order to build on these and embed a culture where teachers have opportunities to share ideas, collaborate and develop collective pedagogical knowledge.
Professor Carey thanked Academy members for their commitment to learning and teaching at Griffith and for joining the Academy. “Griffith has an established reputation for excellence in learning and teaching, and through the Academy, we hope to continue to build on this track record through a range of initiatives that support staff at all stages of their careers in learning and teaching”.
For further information about the Academy you can view the GLTA website.