Professional Development for Academic Staff

Professional Development is available through Organisational Development (OD) who offer a variety of learning opportunities for academic staff.

Organisational Development Core Areas

Organisational Development has three core areas of focus:

  • To enable the development of strategic capabilities for academic staff as identified in Taumata Teitei
  • To respond to emerging capability development priorities for academic staff
  • To deliver core teaching development programmes

Core Programmes

Teaching Catalyst Programme

This programme introduces academic staff to learning and teaching practices and policies at the University of Auckland.  It is required as part of the continuation process for academics new to teaching at a tertiary level and recommended for all academics who are new to the University of Auckland.  For more information and to enrol, visit the University's online system for staff Career Tools. [University staff only]

Leadership Development Programmes

Organisational Development runs a number of programmes designed for current and emerging academic leaders including:

  • Academic Heads Programmes
  • Academic Leaders Programme
  • Women in Leadership Programmes

The programmes aim to inspire discussions and thought leadership amongst cohorts of academic leaders.  For more information go to Leadership Programmes [University staff only]

Supervision at the University

A suite of supervision seminars is offered by the School of Graduate Studies.  For more information and to enrol visit Career Tools [University staff only]

Additional information and resources can be found on the university website at Supervision information for staff and students

Further Studies

The University provides a range of postgraduate study programmes for those working across disciplines in higher education.

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Master of Higher Education

External Resources

Online Courses

Learning to Teach Online

This is a free course developed by UNSW and offered through Coursera.  It will help you develop a working understanding of successful online teaching strategies that you can apply in your own practice.  


Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

This book available online in the University of Auckland library offers simple, but impactful, strategies to incrementally improve teaching practice.  It is grounded in teaching and learning research.  

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