Archive August 2015

Job vacancy @ ETH Zurich: Specialist in Faculty Development (80 – 100%)

The ETH Zurich unit Educational Development and Technology (Lehrentwicklung und -technologie – LET), which reports to the ETH Rector, provides support to ETH faculty in their teaching activities. It offers high-quality courses, coaching and guidance for lecturers, and fosters pedagogical innovation and the deployment of digital technology in university teaching.


From January 2016 or by arrangement this unit is seeking a

Specialist in Faculty Development (80 – 100%)


The successful candidate will work within the Curriculum and Faculty Development group. On the basis of his/her comprehensive (preferably university-level) teaching experience he or she will conduct continuing education events, workshops and classroom observations independently and as part of the team. Together with the team he or she will develop new course programmes and modules for the unit’s continuing education activities, and help to set up a database of pedagogical materials and instruments for ETH Zurich faculty.


The successful candidate holds a Master’s degree or doctorate and (ideally) a teaching qualification. His/her active engagement with issues of university teaching is founded upon personal teaching experience. He or she is familiar with fundamental university teaching concepts and current themes. His/her conceptual skills and methodological range will contribute to the shaping of the Curriculum and Faculty Development group. The successful candidate is poised and a good communicator, can express him- or herself well in both German and English, and is able to network rapidly with important contacts within and outside of ETH Zurich.


For further information please contact:
Dr. Benno Volk, Head of Curriculum and Faculty Development.
Phone: +41 44 632 87 36.


Applications with cover letter, cv, diplomas and work certificates should be sent online by 11 September 2015 via:


The latest issue of IJAD is now online

The latest issue of ICED’s International Journal for Academic Development is now available online:

Happy reading!



Volume 20      Number 3      September 2015




Precarious but connected: the roles and identities of academic developers

Kathryn A. Sutherland



Blogging as community of practice: lessons for academic development?

Cally Guerin, Susan Carter and Claire Aitchison


Widening our evaluative lenses of formal, facilitated, and spontaneous academic development

Carolyn Hoessler, Lorraine Godden and Brian Hoessler


Social network perspectives reveal strength of academic developers as weak ties

Kelly Matthews, Andrea Crampton, Matthew Hill, Elizabeth Johnson, Manjula Sharma, and Cristina Varsavsky


Pedagogically aware academics’ conceptions of change agency in the fields of science and technology

Maria Clavert, Erika Löfström and Anne Nevgi


Knowing me, knowing you: UK and Japanese academic developer identities at two research-intensive institutions

Deesha Chadha and Hiroaki Sato


The chameleon on a tartan rug: adaptations of three academic developers’ professional identities

Barbara Kensington-Miller, Joanna Renc-Roe and Susan Morón-García


Reflections on practice

Triple nexus: improving STEM teaching through a research-public engagement-teaching nexus

Elizabeth Stevenson and Jan McArthur


Understanding the varying investments in researcher and teacher development and enhancement: implications for academic developers

Petia Petrova and Marios Hadjianastasis