We have heard concerns from some current lecturers about what we are calling “Pedagogical and Professional Development activities,” or “PPD.” They are worried that, in the Policy 76/77 revision process, FAUW is pushing for research to be a required part of the job for lecturers who move into the new professorial teaching-stream ranks.
This is not the case.
What are Pedagogical and Professional Development activities?
FAUW and the administration have not agreed to specific lists of activities yet. Here is just a sample of some activities that FAUW believes should count as PPD:*
Pedagogical development activities:
- Exploring, developing, and/or implementing new teaching practices;
- Designing or redesigning a course;
- Participating in curriculum development or review;
- Participating in teaching initiatives in your department or faculty; at the university; or at other universities;
- Attending or participating in workshops and conferences on pedagogy;
- Taking on internal or external educational leadership roles (e.g. teaching fellowships or invited teaching at other universities);
- Performing disciplinary or pedagogical research/scholarly work (see “Where traditional research fits in” below).
Professional development activities:
- If applicable, maintaining professional licences or accreditations (e.g. in engineering, pharmacy, accounting);
- Other activities required to maintain professional standing in a field.
Where traditional research fits in
Policy 77 currently states about both professors and lecturers:
University teaching is informed and enriched by the research and scholarship of the professoriate. The University expects its regular faculty members to be active participants in the evolution of their disciplines and professions, to keep academic programs and courses current with developments in their fields, and to communicate both their discoveries and their commitment to scholarship and research.
FAUW believes that, to be “active participants in the evolution” of their fields, teaching-stream faculty should be encouraged to, for example, attend disciplinary conferences. And, if teaching-stream faculty want to engage in traditional forms of dissemination of research/scholarly work—either in their discipline or in the scholarship of teaching and learning—it too should “count” as pedagogical development.
But, to be clear, FAUW is not advocating that teaching-stream faculty must do research.Continue reading “What are Pedagogical and Professional Development activities?￼”