Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Programme for new academics

CLeaR provides a range of career development opportunities designed especially for recently appointed academic staff.

Teaching Catalyst Programme

The Teaching Catalyst introduces newly appointed academic staff to teaching at the University of Auckland and is required as part of the continuation process for anyone who is new to teaching at a tertiary level (also recommended for seasoned academics new to the University of Auckland) - see HR Continuation Policy. The programme comprises three full days and three 2-hour seminars and is offered twice per year (February and July).

The three-day introduction takes place just before the beginning of semester. It covers key concepts and strategies involved in university teaching and learning with a focus on developing teacher and teaching presence.

Three short seminars (Documenting Your Teaching) follow and they occur during semester. The seminars address constructing an effective and persuasive teaching portfolio for continuation or promotion, making use of supporting evidence from student evaluations, focus groups and peer observations of teaching.

The Documenting Your Teaching seminars are included in the Teaching Catalyst Programme but seasoned academics, who are not enrolled in the full programme, may wish to attend them separately.

Enrol through Career Tools

To enrol in the full Teaching Catalyst, log in to Career Tools and register for the Curriculum.

To enrol in Documenting your Teaching only, type “Documenting your Teaching” into the search field at the top-right corner. Click the seminar titles and register for parts 1, 2, and 3.

If you have questions about the programme, please contact

Supervision accreditation and development

Orientation to Doctoral Educational Policy and Process (ORIDOC)

Prior to supervising postgraduate students, staff (employed after 1 February 2001) must attend the seminar: Orientation to Doctoral Education Policy and Process (ORIDOC) – see HR Continuation Policy. To remain supervision eligible, attendance at an ORIDOC refresher or a Dean of Graduate Studies’ doctoral briefing at least once every five years is required (and strongly recommended for those employed prior to 2001).

During the seminar, the Dean of Graduate Studies takes you through the University of Auckland’s expectations, emphasising what is significant and answering your questions.

Enrol through Career Tools

Enrol through Career Tools. Click request an available session or register an interest if a session is not scheduled.

Art of Graduate Supervision

Staff who are new to thesis/research portfolio supervision must attend the CLeaR workshop The Art of Graduate Research Supervision before they can take on any supervisory role. This seminar focuses on practice within the supervisory relationship, pointing out potential sources of tension and suggesting ways to pre-empt possible difficulties.

Enrol through Career Tools

Enrol through Career Tools. Click request an available session or register an interest if a session is not scheduled.

Supervision seminars

Staff who have not supervised a doctoral candidate through to completion as a co-supervisor at the University or as a main supervisor at another university, must attend at least two additional CLeaR workshops on supervision within 12 months of taking on their first doctoral main or joint supervisory role. This suite of supervision seminars covers supervisory hotspots in more detail: 

Browse Career Tools

Managing the relationship, Masters supervision, Pressure points: the early phase and pre-submission, Supervision across cultures and with English as an additional language, Writing feedback, and more. Please browse Career Tools to register or sign up for CLeaR Alerts to be notified of upcoming workshops.

If you would like some local professional development for supervisors or Departmental Graduate Advisors in your department or faculty, we can assist. Request a consultation.

Teaching Excellence Award winners gallery

We invite you to make contact with excellent teachers who welcome visitors into their lectures.

Other development opportunities