Current practice in academic workload allocation processes in Australia

Watson, Richard and King, Rachel and Dekeyser, Stijn and Bare, Liz and Baldock, Clive (2015) Current practice in academic workload allocation processes in Australia. In: Tertiary Education and Management Conference 2015: Leading Locally Competing Globally (TEMC 2015), 30 Aug - 02 Sept 2015, Wollongong, Australia.

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Embarking on a large-scale research project to investigate aspects of academic workload management, it was first necessary to gain some understanding of current practice in that context within Australia. With that aim a pilot survey was conducted in 2013 that targeted Deans of Science on the one hand, and workload managers on the other. Survey questions covered three key areas related to workload management: models and rules; process and policy; and systems and software. Comparisons between different types of university, different allocation models for teaching, research and service components of academic workload, and different sizes of academic unit were explored. While the number of responses in absolute terms was relatively limited, and hence the outcomes were not always statistically testable or generalisable, broad trends were readily identifiable.

This paper reports on the method and outcomes of the survey, and describes how the information that was obtained has informed the development of an in-depth research project.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 00:16
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 05:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic workload management; academic workload models
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions

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