Human Resources

Professorial Fellow (Teaching and Learning)

Further information

  • Academic staff promotion procedures - teaching and research
  • Teaching and research staff promotion

A member of academic staff seeking promotion to Professorial Fellow (Teaching and Learning) is expected play a leadership role in teaching and learning including postgraduate supervision within the University and should normally hold the rank of Professor (Level D).

  1. Introduction
  2. Teaching and Learning
  3. Research and scholarship and/or other relevant creative work
  4. Service


The applicant will be expected to have demonstrated exceptionally distinguished scholarly achievements and will normally be recognised as an eminent international authority in the discipline. The applicant will be required to have made an exceptional contribution to scholarship by teaching and in the case of Teaching and Research staff, must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of research and service to the University, the profession and the community.

Where applicants seeking promotion have fractional appointments, the University expects the same level and quality of achievements and recognition as full time academic staff. In terms of the quantity of output, such as teaching load, research publications and service, the expectation is of at least pro-rata output consistent with the level of achievement required for promotion.

The Academic Promotions Committee will give due consideration to matters such as fractional or joint appointments and interrupted careers (perhaps due to caring responsibilities or illness) and differing opportunities for research output by comparing rates of achievement rather than total aggregates. Applicants must advise the Committee of these circumstances.

When assessing an application the Committee will take account of an applicant's entire body of work, with a particular focus on the achievements since their last promotion.

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Teaching and Learning


Applicants should demonstrate an outstanding professional contribution and commitment to high quality teaching at all levels, and a leadership role in the maintenance of academic standards and in the development of educational policy and of curriculum areas within the discipline. Applicants are expected to have made original, innovative and distinguished contributions to the advancement of teaching in the discipline.

Teaching standard

A Professorial Fellow (Teaching and Learning) supports and promotes student learning through an outstanding contribution in a leadership role, including a demonstrated contribution to the development of learning and teaching communities within the university and more widely and in peer review and mentoring. A Professorial Fellow (Teaching and Learning) demonstrates distinguished, original and innovative contributions to the advancement of teaching and learning in the discipline and/or university community, including the incorporation of research, scholarship and/or professional practice in to teaching activities.

The applicant can address the promotion criteria in teaching, and demonstrate that they have made significant advances towards meeting the Professorial Fellow (Teaching and Learning) teaching standard by drawing on evidence gathered on their teaching activities contained in the teaching criteria framework and contextualised in the relevant discipline.

In all cases a teaching portfolio must be submitted.

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Research and scholarship and/or other relevant creative work

Applicants will be required to show evidence of satisfactory performance in research and scholarship (or other creative work, in the case of appointments in the Arts). This could be demonstrated in a number of ways, including:

  • publication in refereed journals, books, performances and other scholarly works, invitations to present keynote addresses at international meetings and chapters in international books, election to learned academies and other recognition such as awards, prizes and honorary degrees;
  • fostering the research of other groups and individuals in the School, and related disciplines;
  • successful supervision of post graduate students and willingness to supervise major Honours or postgraduate research projects;
  • experience in the development of research policy.

Documentation should demonstrate completed publications (or the equivalent including patents granted, compositions performed and reviewed, paintings exhibited and favourably reviewed, successful product marketing, etc.) during the period since appointment or any past promotion.

References to publications should be given in full with, for example, exact pagination and dating. Satisfactory performance on indicators 1 and 2 is essential as is demonstrated international recognition and/or a satisfactory rating on one or more of the other indicators.

  1. Publication in refereed journals or series, or by publishers recognised as leaders in the field:

    Applicants should demonstrate the quality of their output, for instance, by giving a brief explanation of the quality and reputation of the refereed journals or publishing houses which have produced their work. In studio arts or architecture there is a range equivalent to that of publications, from appearance in juried shows or collections, an invited one-person show at a distinguished gallery or institution, through to an appearance at a mixed gallery - this last being roughly the equivalent of the selected conference paper for other academic disciplines.

    As with research publications, in the Arts it will be the quality, status and recognition of works that will be considered and assessed. For example, in musical composition, the work or the soloist will need to have been chosen for performance in a competitive or highly selective context, or be favourably reviewed by independent reviewers. For both research publications and creative works in the Arts, work presented or published in less prestigious formats will also be considered but will depend more heavily for its weighting on independent and authoritative assessment of merit as in 2 or 4 below.

  2. High ratings of the publications and other research or creative work – as attested (where appropriate) by citations indices, by references in published literature which cite the applicant’s work as definitive or in letters from distinguished scholars, critics in the field (a substantial number of whom must come from outside The University of Western Australia) or significant figures from industry.
  3. Value to industry and community of knowledge, processes and products developed.
  4. Favourable published reviews of the publications or creative works.
  5. Awards by professional associations for outstanding research or creative work.
  6. Invitations to positions, lectures or demonstration at outstanding institutions or leading professional conferences.
  7. Grants based on competitive jury recommendations.
  8. Research leadership, as evidenced by team achievements or, with suitable justifications, citation indices.
  9. Breadth of expertise.
  10. Any other clear evidence of exceptional contribution to the chosen field.

Research publications and other achievements should be organised under the headings used by the University in the evaluation of research output of Schools.

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Service at The University of Western Australia is normally considered under three headings:

  • Academic citizenship
  • Professional leadership within the University
  • Community service and leadership

All applicants for promotion will need to document their contributions to Service in a Service Folio.

Academic citizenship

  • Demonstration of high standards of professional behaviour - as documented in the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.
  • Sustained contribution to the development of a collegial and supportive work environment

Professional leadership in the University

  • Sustained contribution to University governance
  • Regular contribution to policy development

Community leadership and service

  • Sustained service to the discipline/profession at local, state, national or international levels
  • Community service through teaching
  • Community service through sharing of academic expertise

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