Conference on writing analytics at zhaw in 198 days Digital technologies transform writing and reading fundamentally and lead to new forms of literacy, media use, writing habits and competence profiles. Keeping pace with these developments is a challenge for not only writers in academic settings but also writing teachers. There are simply too many innovations and too little guidance to help select what might be useful for writing classes or seminars. Similarly, for writing researchers, is it a great challenge to react to new research needs and provide adequate methodologies and research strategies. New research settings, media, data collection opportunities and analytic methods have to be created and applied, which, in turn, lead to new research perspectives, discourse communities and exchange forums. In light of these challenges, this conference aims to bring together various disciplines, covering composition and writing research, corpus and computer linguistics, media studies, psychology and educational technology, to provide a setting where knowledge, research results and methodological concepts can be exchanged.

Educational Developers Caucus online Conference

Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) Conference 2019

Positive Resilience and the Future of ED(C)

February 19th to 22nd 2019.

SFDN colleagues are invited to join virtually at the EDC fully online Conference.


Please register.

Keynotes:  On Tuesday February 19th Joan McArthur Blair and Jeanie Cockell will get the ball rolling with their keynote address – Appreciative Resilience and Educational Development.

Throughout the 4 days there will be workshops and showcase items (available asynchronously as well as synchronously) for your enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. Full details can be found here:

Educational Developer Job in Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

JApplications are invited for Lecturer/associate professor in the multidisciplinary topic of Educational Developmentwithin the Educational Development Unit, one of the key academic units in the Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development (ILEAD) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). XJTLU is a joint venture university established in 2006 by the University of Liverpool, UK and Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, situated within the city of Suzhou.

Role Overview

A key responsibility of this post is to support delivery of the institutional academic development programmes, primarily the PGCert in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (commencing 2018-19), as well as other CPD initiatives.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support the implementation, across the institution, of the University’s vision for Learning and Teaching.
  • Delivery of modules on the CPS programme.
  • Delivery of modules on the PGCert programme from the start of the academic year 2018-19 onwards.
  • Support the development of an institutional academic development framework and ready relevant documentation for approval by the respective committees at XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, as well as accreditation by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
  • Provide expert and specialist advice and guidance to academic staff in developing excellence in teaching with a primary view of enhancing the student learning experience at XJTLU.
  • Develop collaborative networks to identify and disseminate good practices in teaching and learning and evaluates their effectiveness.
  • Recommend, lead and facilitate the effective sharing of good practices in assessments and other student evaluation.
  • Act as a consultant/coach to academic staff seeking to enhance the quality of their teaching.
  • Maintain and develop resources, including websites and other tools that facilitate national and international good practice in learning and teaching.
  • Work closely with staff in other professional services to promote the use of appropriate technologies, facilities and methods in learning and teaching.
  • Work collaboratively with the ILEAD, to contribute to achieving the strategic ambitions of the University in relation to academic enhancement and excellence in learning, teaching and research, and to contribute to achieving the ILEAD’s ongoing operational objectives.
  • Keep up-to-date with changes and developments in related policies and procedures.
  • Reflect on your own professional practice and keep abreast of current developments in learning and teaching through engagement with the wider community via subject associations, attendance and presentations at conferences, colloquiums and personal development days.
  • Willing to engage in personal development and training and change the focus of the role, where appropriate, to meet the changing needs of the University.
  • Engage with relevant committees, working groups and forums to raise awareness of pedagogic principles, share examples of best practice and highlight developments in the field.
  • Carry out any other duties as required, commensurate with the role position.

Key Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in educational development or related area
  • Experience in educational development in higher educational institutions

The salary range for the position is 21,611 – 39,867 RMB/month. In addition,members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances,medical insurance, and relocation expenses. Overseas staff may receive a tax“holiday” of up to three years, depending on nationality and personalcircumstances.

Applications should be received by 1st February 2019. Informal inquiries should be addressed to the Head of ILEAD Dr. Xiaojun Zhang ( or Charlie Reis, Programme Director of the PGCert (

SFDN Conference

Dear SFDN members,

The 2019 Conference page is now active on the website. The keynote speaker will be announced soon!

As you know, the 2020 ICED global conference – the leading international conference for sharing research and good practice in faculty development – will be hosted in Switzerland at ETH Zurich.  The success of this event will depend, in part, on maximising Swiss participation at the ICED conference.  The SFDN annual conferences are an excellent preparation ground for participating in an event like the ICED global conference – therefore we would ask every SFDN member to consider submitting a proposal for the SFDN conference, perhaps as part of a process of building towards a submission for the ICED conference in 2020.

We would also encourage you to share the call for papers with others in your institutions who are engaged in innovative teaching or in developing innovative programmes.

The best ICED conferences not only attract faulty developers but also bring together teachers and administrators who are involved in teaching and curriculum innovation.  We would therefore ask all SFDN members to help broaden our community by sharing the call for papers with people who are interested in teaching and learning innovation, even if they have not previously attended an SFDN or ICED event.

For all the above-mentioned reasons, we would like to ask you to strongly consider submitting a paper for the SFDN 2019 Conference and we thank you in advance for being active and loyal SFDN members!

Stay tuned for a very exciting keynote speaker announcement for the upcoming SFDN Conference!

The SFDN Board

SFDN Conference 22nd February 2019: call for papers

Dear SFDN memebrs,

Please save the date for the 3rd SFDN Conference which will take place at ETH Zurich on 22nd February 2019:

“How research on learning contributes to university teaching practice”

Call for Papers.
Educational development at universities focuses primarily on the professional development
of university educators. The positive effects of educational developers’ work are mostly
discernible in the revision of degree programmes and courses, in changes made to learning
activities and forms of performance assessment, and in the introduction of new teaching and
learning forms. The aim of all of these is to improve the learning processes and learning
success of students. To judge the effectiveness of organisational and pedagogical change,
however, it is necessary to collect and present evidence on their actual impact on and
sustainability with regard to student learning. Here the approaches and concepts of “learning
science” may very usefully broaden research into teaching and learning.
The SFDN Conference 2019 is an opportunity for educational developers and university
teachers to come together, exchange experiences and – deploying the results of their own
practice-oriented investigations – to draw conclusions which will benefit current
developments in university teaching. The 2019 conference will target both conceptual and
didactic changes in higher education, and their consequences for student learning
The Swiss Faculty Development Network therefore welcomes paper and poster submissions
on topics which include the following:
• The connection between teaching strategies and learning outcomes
• The integration of transferable skills into university courses and study programmes
• The challenges of organising group and project work, and how to address them
• Forms of assessing student skills in classes, seminars and workshops
• The integration of cross-disciplinary competences into teaching
• The impact of formative assessment and feedback on student learning
• Didactic concepts and methods for teaching in different disciplines
• Teaching evaluation as research data
Papers on other themes related to improving teaching and learning at universities may be
accepted, but priority will be given to papers that explicitly address one of the above topics.
Conceptual, theoretical and descriptive papers are definitely potential candidates, but note
that we are primarily looking for submissions which are based on quantitative or qualitative
research data.
Submissions should take the form of a 300-word abstract outlining
(a) submission title; (b) nature of the submission (i.e., paper or poster); (c) the above topic(s)
addressed by the submission (if any); (d) a brief note on the relevant literature; (e) the
research methodology; and (f) key findings. A bibliography should be included (this is not
part of the 300-word limit).
Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2018
Please send your submissions to this email address:
Katherine Hahn Halbheer <>

Call for Proposals: Canadian Educational Developers Caucus Online Conference

Call for Proposals

Canadian Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) Conference: Positive Resilience and the Future of ED(C)

February 19-22, 2019

Dear SFDN member,

More information about the EDC 2019 Conference theme, format, and the complete call for proposals can be found on the EDC Conference website:

Deadline:  The deadline to submit a proposal for a concurrent session is Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, and the deadline to submit a proposal for an EDC Showcase is Friday, November 30th, 2018.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Celia Popovic at


The SFDN Board

IJAD sepcial issue: call for papers

Dear SFDN colleagues,

Please find attached a call for papers for a special issue of IJAD to be published early in 2019, on Emerging Trends and Voices in Academic Development. This will draw, in part, on presentations given at the 2018 ICED conference, but we are making an open call for papers also (attached). The timeline is tight (but we aware many people have papers already underway after ICED that may fit this issue perfectly), so please spread the word widely amongst your networks.


Proposals due (but not necessary): 31 August 2018

Full manuscripts (up to 6000 words) due: 5 October 2018

Kathryn Sutherland, PhD, PFHEA

Centre for Academic Development (CAD) | Victoria University of Wellington

Ph: +64 4 463 5795 | Email:

Co-editor: International Journal for Academic Development

The SFDN Board