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 first three days focuses on key concepts and strategies involved in university teaching and learning. We cover teaching large classes, working with small groups, encouraging active learning, diversity in the classroom, effective elearning, course design and assessment, and getting feedback on your teaching.

Three short seminars (Documenting Your Teaching) follow. The seminars will enable you to construct an effective and persuasive Academic Career Portfolio for promotion, making use of supporting evidence from student evaluations, focus groups and peer review of teaching. Topics include gathering feedback on your teaching, developing peer observation partnerships and constructing the portfolio.

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. From the Welcome page click the Browse Catalogue button, then filter by Curriculum (click the books icon in the menu on the left).

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 engaged after 1 February 2001 must attend the CLeaR seminar Orientation to Doctoral Education Policy and Process (ORIDOC). This should be completed during the initial four year term of employment – see HR Continuation Policy.

During the ORIDOC seminars, the Dean of Graduate Studies takes you through the University of Auckland’s expectations, emphasising what is significant and answering your questions. The ORIDOC is crucial for supervisory practice, mandatory for those new to supervision with recommendation that all supervisors refresh their institutional knowledge every five years.

Enrol through Career Tools

Enrol through Career Tools. From the Welcome page, use the search field at the top-right corner (type ORIDOC). Click the seminar title and request an available session or register an interest if a session is not scheduled.

Art of Graduate Supervision

The Art of Graduate Supervision seminar focuses on practice within the supervisory relationship, pointing out potential sources of tension and suggesting ways to pre-empt possible difficulties. This seminar is mandatory for those new to supervision.

Enrol through Career Tools

Enrol through Career Tools. From the Welcome page, use the search field at the top-right corner (type Graduate Research Supervision). Click the seminar title and request an available session or register an interest if a session is not scheduled.

Supervision seminars

A suite of optional supervision seminars covers supervisory hotspots in more detail: 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 or sign up for CLeaR Alerts.

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.

To answer your questions about supervision accreditation, contact

Teaching Excellence Award winners gallery

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

Other development opportunities