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1st Edition

Advancing Practice in Academic Development

ISBN 9781138854710
Published January 20, 2016 by Routledge
352 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Within the field of academic development, the last twenty years have seen a great expansion of published research into practice and the further development of theoretical approaches. This growth in the scholarship of academic development matches a growth in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Advancing Practice in Academic Development draws on these evolving scholarships to advance professional practice in academic development, addressing questions such as: .

  • How have global academic developers and their units developed and changed over recent decades?
  • How has the context in which academic development work is done altered?
  • What have academic developers and their professional associations learnt?

Case studies and examples are used throughout the text to illustrate development scenarios and methods. Academic development is considered as, among others, a critical, a scholarly, a principled, a pragmatic, a supporting and a leadership role. This book is ideal for use on academic development courses run by SEDA and other international organisations as well as by those who have responsibility for leading the improvement of educational practice. Written in a scholarly, accessible, stimulating and practical style, this book acknowledges difficulties and offers ways forward. As well as analysing problems, it offers solutions.

Links to web sources referenced in this book can be found at

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Introduction - Some Issues in Academic Development

David Baume and Celia Popovic


Chapter 2

Identifying Needs and Opportunities for Academic Development

Charles Neame & Rachel Forsyth


Chapter 3
Professions and Professionalism in Teaching and Development
Stephen Bostock and David Baume


Chapter 4

Supporting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Lecturers

Ruth Pilkington 


Chapter 5

Consultancy in Academic Development

Sue Thompson


Chapter 6

Coaching and Mentoring in Academic Development
Diana Eastcott


Chapter 7

Supporting part-time teachers and contract faculty
Fran Beaton and Ellen Sims


Chapter 8

Technologies and Academic Development

Keith Smyth, Sheila MacNeill, and Peter Hartley



Chapter 9

Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement

Rowena Pelik

Chapter 10

"Is it working?" - Outcomes, Monitoring and Evaluation

Lorraine Stefani and David Baume


Chapter 11

Working with networks, microcultures and communities

Katarina Mårtensson & Torgny Roxå


Chapter 12

Researching Academic Development

Kathryn Sutherland and Barbara Grant


Chapter 13

Managing and Leading Change – Models and Practices

Celia Popovic and Kathryn M. Plank


Chapter 14
Managing and Leading Projects and Project Teams

Nancy Turner and Peter Hartley


Chapter 15

Leading an Academic Development Unit

Julie Hall and David A. Green


Chapter 16

Academic Development and Senior Management

Sally Brown and Shân Wareing


Chapter 17

Writing, contributing to and using institutional policies and strategies

Ian Solomonides


Chapter 18

Futures for Academic Development

David Baume and Celia Popovic

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David Baume is an independent international higher education researcher, evaluator, consultant, staff and educational developer and writer.

Celia Popovic is Director of Teaching Commons at York University, Toronto, Canada.