Academic Career Advancement Programme
The Academic Career Advancement Programme (ACAP) gives mid-phase doctoral candidates a head start in their academic future.
Alert Level notice
- Alert Level 1 - Activities take place in person
- Alert Level 2 or higher - Activities will be moved online where possible
The ACAP (formally DALI) involves a series of regular seminars over two semesters, focusing on careers in academia, teaching, and research.
Candidates are subject to a competitive selection process where priority is given to mid-phase doctoral students who have completed their provisional goals. Due to the high proportion of applications, meeting these criteria does not guarantee you a place.
Tuition is funded by the Academic Career Advancement Award. Please note: your supervisor will need to endorse your application, and will be notified when you apply for the programme.
Applications for the ACAP 2021 intake are now closed.
The structure of the programme
The ACAP has two major elements:
Orientation morning is an opportunity for participants to get to know each other. Held during Orientation Week, it provides an introduction to the programme and prepares participants for their role in the regular seminars.
Regular seminars are co-facilitated by participants and will cover key aspects of academic careers such as research, teaching and professionalism. Where relevant, careers external to academia will also be discussed.
Dates and location
Orientation is held on the Wednesday morning during orientation week. Seminars are held on alternate Wednesdays between 1-4 pm. Dates for 2022 will be added when available.
Venue: Kate Edgar Information Commons, City Campus
Programme of activities
Participants must be prepared to co-failitate a seminar on one of the topics listed below.
Becoming an academic
Get started in academia with confidence. We will discuss adapting to the university environment as an early career academic and examine resources that will help you to plan your entry pathway.
Presentation skills workshop
Giving a great presentation is key to getting your message across in a variety of both academic and industry contexts.
Engaging with opportunities to be an active citizen of your institution and the wider educational community can be rewarding. Explore the university as an organisation, including its structure (departments, faculties and centrally) and the purpose of committees. Understanding the key policies that impact on research and teaching is essential for maintaining academic integrity.
Researching your teaching
Understanding how to research your teaching will improve your practice and contribute to the growing field called the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoTL). Explore the SoTL process of researching teaching and learning within the disciplines and learn how to develop questions that can be researched.
The research profile
Now is the time to begin developing your research profile. It will underpin your applications for employment, funding and PBRF (Performance Based Research Fund) reporting. Explore strategies for developing a long-term research plan for academic and industry-based careers and for contributing to the wider research environment.
Writing and publishing a journal article is about to get a whole lot easier! Understand the review process, the role of journal editors and reviewers, and how to respond to reviewers’ comments. Identify the most appropriate journals for your research area and the potential resulting impact on your research profile.
Broader dissemination of research
Disseminating your research to a wider audience can provide opportunities for collaboration. Explore strategies for networking and presenting at international forums, engaging with the public through media and social media, and partnering with government, iwi and industry.
When students are engaged in learning, their focus and motivation increases. Discuss ways to develop meaningful learning experiences in a variety of environments: small classes, large lectures and online spaces. Explore the impact of assessment methods on student engagement.
The teaching profile and evidence
Now is the time to begin developing your teaching profile. Discuss approaches to developing an academic CV and a teaching profile that will underpin applications for employment and promotion. Understanding the impact of teaching is essential for student success. Therefore, a key element of the teaching profile will be the evidence that shows the impact of your teaching. Explore methods for gathering that evidence and writing it up.
Innovation in teaching
Educators innovate teaching practices to improve student learning outcomes. What is innovation in teaching and why is it important? How can teachers and students create innovative learning spaces? How can we look at teaching problems differently in order to solve them? What does the future hold for learning?
Good course design encourages and increases students’ commitment to learning. An essential element of course design is the constructive alignment of learning outcomes, assessment methodology and instructional strategy. Examine disciplinary examples of course design to understand why and how they were constructed.
To ensure success, you need a plan. What does the job market look like for PhDs? How do you go about getting the job you want? Explore ways of representing yourself well in applications for postdocs or for academic, professional or industry jobs.
Future mapping + Graduation ceremony
Reflect on your year and goals for your future career.
Dr Julie Hallas
Doctoral Experience Adviser