1st Edition

The Lecturer’s Survival Guide An Introduction to Successful Teaching in Higher Education

By Ann Marie Mealey Copyright 2024
    114 Pages
    by Routledge

    114 Pages
    by Routledge

    Serving as a comprehensive introduction to those new to teaching in higher education, this essential guide discusses pedagogical approaches that are current in higher education and the wider responsibilities of teaching within higher education. This book outlines the key aspects of navigating the role, including becoming a personal tutor and supporting the needs of a diverse student body. Readers will benefit from advice on promoting wellness, best practice while teaching and enjoying their role as they embark on their first academic job. It also underlines throughout that all lecturers need to be guided by a set of values around respect for students and the need to create learning environments that move away from any ‘ghetto’ style approaches to higher education. It suggests that our values as lecturers are key to us creating and exemplifying the much-needed ethical and just practice in our classrooms so that they mirror the kind of society we would like to live in and enable every student to feel as though they ‘belong’ at university.

    Written in an informative yet accessible manner, chapters explore the following: 

    • The challenges of transitioning from student to lecturer
    • The key theories that underpin successful curriculum design
    • Assessment and feedback as a source of empowerment within higher education teaching
    • The need for academic personal tutoring
    • Staying well when teaching within higher education

    Written for those who are new to higher education or to teaching in this setting, The Lecturer’s Survival Guide is an essential read for any higher education teacher who wishes to ensure successful teaching whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

    Introduction;  1. Challenges of Entering Into Higher Education: From Student to Lecturer;  2. Basic Concepts Underpinning Good Curriculum Design, Active Learning and Imagination;  3. Assessment and Feedback: A Constant Source of Empowerment Rather Than Imprisonment;  4. Who Are Our Students?: The Need for Racial, Religious, Spiritual and Academic Personal Tutoring;  5. Staying Well in Higher Education;  Conclusion;  Epigraph


    Ann Marie Mealey has held multiple academic leadership roles in HE, including Academic Group Leader for the Humanities; Senior Teaching Fellow/Reader and Programme Coordinator for the PGCertHE at Leeds Trinity University, UK; and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching (Teaching Enhancement) at GBS. She is currently Director of Catholic Mission at Leeds Trinity University – a role which requires her to embed the values of the university into its strategic objectives.