June 6, 2008 § 1 Comment
There’s more and more PhD students dabbling in teaching at universities, across the globe, and particularly so in Australia.
Termed as sessional teachers, they are making the landscape of tertiary education in Australia increasingly complex; given time they might even outnumber full-time academic staff and elite researchers at universities.
However, the PhD student as a teacher is a whole different breed — juggling work-life concerns becomes even tougher for a student under research pressures. Tertiary institutions have a major role to play in nurturing and supporting this resource in educating the future.
Hence the call: Educate the educators.
The Australian National University provides proactive support to PhDs who are teaching courses. Pinnacle, an exclusive training program for PhD students, is organized by the Research Students Development Center at the ANU.
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