Desire an academic career? Apply to attend Teaching Advantage 2018 by Friday 27 April!

Are you a post-confirmation PhD student who is hoping to develop an academic career? Apply to attend the nationally award-winning program Teaching Advantage by Friday 27 April. 

Post-confirmation PhD students are invited to apply for Teaching Advantage. This program builds skills in teaching, unit coordination, and forging an academic career through a series of interactive workshops. This program is designed to fill the teaching experience gap between part-time tutoring while undertaking a PhD and completing academic development programs once you secure your first lecturing role. The program extends other sessional academic workshops at QUT by enhancing skills in teaching, coordinating units, and career development, and is designed to complement the Sessional Career Advancement Development (SCAD) program.

“Teaching Advantage is exactly the program that doctoral students need to prepare them for their first academic positions.” Suzi Derbyshire, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)

“I firmly believe that my participation in the Teaching Advantage program was one of the primary reasons why I was awarded my job.” Teaching Advantage Participant, 2011 (now a Senior Lecturer)

The sessions include in-depth activities and guest presentations to illustrate practical and relevant teaching, coordination and career-building techniques. The program is not assessed, but you will be encouraged to use the activities undertaken in workshops to reflect on your own practice and build evidence for a teaching portfolio. TA participants who have some practical experience teaching and supporting learning will be encouraged to work towards recognition as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. All participants who complete Teaching Advantage will be provided with a ‘Starting Teaching’ resource pack containing relevant tools and learning resources.

QUT has invested significant resources in this program in order to provide a unique professional development opportunity for doctoral students.  The program is designed and taught by academic staff, and is funded jointly by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development). You will not be charged to attend the program, nor will you be paid to attend. Participating in Teaching Advantage is voluntary.

Program Dates for 2018

A preparatory Collaborate session will be held on Thursday 24 May from 1.00-2.00pm.

The program will then take place on three consecutive days:

  • Tuesday 5 June 9:15am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 6 June 9:30am to 5pm
  • Thursday 7 June 9:30am to 5pm

TA graduates wishing to apply for Associate Fellowship of the HEA are also invited to attend a writing workshop on Monday 11 June from 9.30-11.30am.

*All sessions will be run at QUT Gardens Point Campus.

Who is Eligible for the Program?

  1. Students must have successfully completed Confirmation and must be on target to graduate.
  2. Both full-time and part-time doctoral students are eligible to attend.
  3. Students must have supervisor approval to complete the course, as noted on the EOI form.
  4. Participants of all levels of teaching experience are welcome to enrol in this program.
  5. As places are limited, submit the EOI only if you can commit to attending ALL sessions.
  6. Eligibility for the program does not necessarily mean that you will be eligible to apply for recognition as an Associate Fellow of the HEA. Please contact the Program Directors if you want further advice on the minimum teaching experience required for professional recognition submissions.

How do I apply for the Program?

If you would like to participate in the Teaching Advantage program, please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form online HERE by COB Friday 27 April, 2018.

The program is limited to 100 participants university-wide and is usually oversubscribed, so you are encouraged to apply early to maximise your chance of being offered a place.  The Directors consider a range of factors, including your expected thesis submission date, when assessing applications for the program.

The program directors will email all applicants with an outcome by Tuesday 1 May, 2018.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email the Program Directors at


A/Professor Dominique Greer

Professor Abby Cathcart

Professor Larry Neale

Ms Sarah Stevens


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