30 June 2023
Professional Development in University Teaching and Learning
In the fast-changing higher education landscape and the context of new approaches to learning and teaching at universities, there is a growing need for professional development for teaching faculty. Although the scholarship of teaching and learning has gained importance not only in the US but in other parts of the world as well, teaching is still considered of secondary importance in the career of many academics and at most colleges and universities. New initiatives that emphasize teaching excellence have encouraged universities worldwide to look at possible ways to further develop the teaching skills of their faculty members. Universities - particularly those in Central and Eastern Europe and the Global South – often lack sufficient experts who can engage as higher education advisors or trainers in the areas of teaching and learning, and there are hardly any universities or other institutions that offer professional trainings to external faculty. Therefore, there is a growing need for local educational developers who can become agents of change and provide advice, training, coaching, and support to their peers.
Mátyás SzabóYehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, Central European University, Vienna, Austria
Erika Kaufman,Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA
Michael Kozakowski,Center for Teaching and Learning, CEU, Vienna
This course is intended for university teachers, leaders, and managers. We also invite applications from advanced graduate students who have adequate prior study or engagement experience on the subject and make a compelling case in their application/statement of interest.
Applications from those currently affiliated with institutions of the Open Society University Network are highly encouraged.
The course is designed for representatives of universities where educational development is an emerging area of practice and therefore there is a need for peers who could design, implement and evaluate professional development initiatives in teaching and learning
- faculty members interested in improving and evaluating their own teaching and who are committed to promoting the course and teaching innovation within their departments and universities
- university teachers, interested to become either advisors for peers in their subject areas and/or trainers/moderators of educational development programs or facilitators of change of teaching and learning practices at their institution
- leaders and staff members of projects, units, training and advisory centers, and committees within universities that promote excellence in teaching
This course aims to help universities of the OSUN network and beyond conceptualize and design their own, in-house professional development and other initiatives that improve teaching and learning (across the disciplines) and bring the quality of their education to high international standards. It is designed for representatives of universities where educational development is an emerging area of practice and therefore there is a need for peers who could design, implement and evaluate professional development initiatives in teaching and learning.
The course intends to bring together two larger groups of university staff: teachers and (current or future) agents of change in professional development activities (consisting of department or unit heads, and trainers (we plan to accept approximately 25 participants).
Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of attendance is also awarded.
EUR 300: payable until May 28
EUR 270: The early bird fee is payable until April 30
The Open Society University Network is offering scholarships for
- currently enrolled students and employees of OSUN member institutions
- applicants from the Global South and
Fee waivers are available for students of CIVICA institutions.