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Rewarding and recognising university teaching

Seminar 1 (2) with Dr Ruth Graham visiting KTH 23-24 August 2023

Join us at our upcoming seminar led by Doctor Ruth Graham, where we delve into the captivating subject of teaching culture.

Time: Wed 2023-08-23 16.00 - 17.00

Location: Salongen i KTH Biblioteket, Osquars backe 31

Video link: Zoom

Language: Engelska

Participating: Dr Ruth Graham

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Dr. Ruth Graham

Dr. Ruth Graham, with a background in Mechanical Engineering, honed her expertise in aeronautical fatigue during her tenure with BAE SYSTEMS. Transitioning to Imperial College London in 2002, she assumed the role of Director for the transformative EnVision project. This initiative aimed at revamping undergraduate education and fostering a culture of support for teaching excellence across various engineering departments.

Since 2008, Dr. Graham has served as an independent higher education consultant, championing global change in university teaching. She undertook pivotal projects including a benchmarking study on engineering education's future for MIT and an initiative enhancing teaching recognition at over 50 universities. Her efforts earned her an honorary doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology in 2018 and the Leonardo da Vinci Medal from the European Society for Engineering Education in 2020 for her outstanding contributions to engineering education.

More about Ruth Graham can be found here
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Impact on teaching and learning

Recent decades have seen growing calls for root-and-branch reform of the systems that underpin academic career advancement in universities worldwide. Specific concerns have often been raised about the marginalisation of academics’ impact on teaching and learning during appointment and promotion processes. However, a remarkable shift is underway, as pioneering institutions rethink how they evaluate, support, and reward academics’ contribution to teaching and learning. The momentum for change has been accelerated as universities unite with national and global peers to drive cross-institutional reform to career pathways and promotion criteria.

The network Advancing Teaching

The presentation will chart the progress by the Advancing Teaching , a global network of over 50 universities devoted to informing, supporting, and connecting universities with this shared mission for systemic change. In particular, it will highlight:

  • the Career Framework for University Teaching: a tool developed to support career progression on the basis of academic impact in teaching and learning that has been adopted and adapted by universities across the network;
  • the Teaching Cultures Survey: outcomes of a cross-sectional survey designed to track the perceived culture and status of teaching at universities worldwide that are implementing systemic reform to their academic reward systems;
  • Roadmap For Change: guidance on how the process of institutional change might be planned and implemented based on the experiences of universities that have rolled out changes to their support and reward systems, both successfully and unsuccessfully.

The talk will conclude by discussing how the momentum for improving the reward of university teaching can be advanced and sustained.

Don't pass up the chance to improve your teaching skills and make your classrooms more welcoming and culturally sensitive.


Join other activities with Dr Graham 23–24 August 2023

Podcast "Fika chat on the future of education"

Fika Chat with Dr Ruth Graham about the development of engineering education  Wednesday, 23/8 at 15:00–15:30, Welcome with questions in Zoom. .

Lunch seminar on the direction for engineering education

Exploring the future direction for engineering education Thursday, 24/8 at 12:00-13:00 in the Digital Futures premises / Zoom . We offer lunch sandwiches to the first 50 participants (first come, first served).