Staff and Educational Development: Case Studies, Experience, and Practice

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CHAPTER 19

WAYS TO MAKE THINGS BETTER-ONE, TWO, THREE!

Case reporter: Alison Holmes


Issue raised

The issue raised in this case is career progression for lecturers who are bored with their subject area but remain fascinated by teaching and learning.


Background

This case occurs mainly in the northeast of England. A female lecturer in surveying at a large polytechnic is now in the middle of her career, and has many years' experience as both a professional surveyor and more recently a lecturer.


PART 1

'How had it come to this?' I wondered as I dragged myself to the car park on a rainy Thursday afternoon. How could I be so disenchanted with my lot?

I remember well my introduction to teaching in a polytechnic. It was two weeks before start of term, in my brand new job as a lecturer in surveying. 'Off you go!' said the head of department as he handed me the syllabus and timetable. That was it, that and an induction course for new lecturers that the polytechnic ran. But I only completed the first session of this induction course, on presentation skills, then I went on maternity leave. No one seemed to mind; teaching just didn't seem to matter. Some seven years later, 'having teaching experience' gained me a job at another polytechnic, and exemption

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