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How to boost academic profile when in a practical job?

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Viewofhedges Fri 08-Jan-16 11:57:46

I am a self employed practitioner of a practical subject that is taught in most universities. Over the last 10 years I've done various bits of teaching, being on pitch panels, that sort of thing. Last spring I was invited by a Uni where I regularly do bits and bobs to apply for a part time teaching job which I was then turned down for after interview due to lack of experience. Last autumn they asked me to come in and teach a first year module - 2x lectures each Friday for the whole term as the usual staff member was off sick. I did this, it went well and I had only good feedback. They then had another job advertised which I applied for - and was also got turned, with the same reason given. I have of course asked the Head of School if they will chat to me about how to improve my chances - but I wondered what else I could do to be more teaching friendly? I don't think I can do a PGCAP without being a staff member, can I? FWIW the job adverts heavily stressed industry experience over teaching experience, so it wasn't as if I was applying for something way over my head. I also have an Oxbridge MA. Any advice gratefully received.

(Also am I being right in being pissed off / should be annoyed on my students' behalf that I'm good enough to teach but - er - not good enough to teach?)

MarasmeAbsolu Fri 08-Jan-16 18:20:51

how crap sad - it is of course field dependent, and I can give you perspective on mine (biomed / med sci):

- get invited guest lectures; those are not always forthcoming, but when I coordinate my course, I am always delighted when someone offers to give a seminar.
- engage in co-supervision of students (from a practice point of view) - again, I love it when external people provide real-world research experience for students projects (students love it too).
- if you have an interest in scholarship / learning and teaching research in your field, think about way to carry out research in collaboration with a young and ethusiastic collab from whichever uni - in biomed, there is not enough of this done, esp. at the interface with practice
- become a vocational study tutor / a mentor / a STEM ambassador if applicable
- join your subject learned society and ask about committees opportunities (they are often not filled in my field)

cannot think more, but Friday: brain fried!

MedSchoolRat Fri 08-Jan-16 19:15:23

My Uni has teaching lectureships, not expected to have a research background or undertake hardly any research. As opposed to Research-Faculty (lecturers whose majority duties are getting research grants/pubs). Every dept. has both these positions.

disquisitiones Fri 08-Jan-16 20:05:34

Every dept. has both these positions.

No, a lot of departments only hire REF (research) active staff, who have at least a PhD and usually a number of years research experience post PhD. I've actually never been in a department which had teaching only positions.

Not that this seems to be particularly relevant to OP, since the feedback was lack of teaching experience not lack of research/PhD.

MedSchoolRat Fri 08-Jan-16 20:12:06

Oops! Sorry, my Bad. I meant every dept has both these positions at my university. So there might be a university like that near OP.

And I really misread OP coz I didn't realise it was more teaching experience needed.

It's been a long day... Time to cuddle up with a crime novel, I think.

MarasmeAbsolu Fri 08-Jan-16 20:48:15

... or the bottle of wine. I've already made my choice grin

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