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Information for new academics

If you are new to the University or new to teaching, these topics might make life a little easier.

Welcoming new staff

Vice Chancellor's Pōwhiri

The Vice-Chancellor’s Pōwhiri is a unique opportunity to be formally welcomed to the University. The ceremony takes place at the Waipapa Marae where staff will experience the culture and history of the Waipapa Taumata Rau.

Silk Road: onboarding process

SilkRoad is the University’s onboarding process for new staff appointments. The process is designed to provide a tailored welcome experience to staff and reduce the time taken to get up to speed.

Software

Canvas LMS

Canvas is the University’s Learning Management System.

Learning technologies to support teaching

Please view our catalogue of University supported tools for teaching and learning.

Licensed software

Staff have access to software for both their personal computer (work-at-home software) or a University-owned PC. These are available either via a self-service portal or by request.

Day to day

Lecture theatres and teaching rooms

Information about lecture theatre recordings, streaming live lectures, timetabling and room bookings, AV support, and incident reporting.

Student support services

Find out what services are available to students to point them in the right direction when they ask for help.

Te reo Māori

Staff might like to become familiar with some of the commonly used words in the Māori language.

Kuputaka is a glossary of Te Reo Māori terms. Te Aka, the Māori dictionary, can help you with with pronunciation.

The Te Kūaha mobile app provides you with an introduction to basic te reo and Māori protocol, including a template to write your pepeha – a form of introducing yourself in te reo.

Developing your teaching

Academic Career Advancement Programme (ACAP)

ACAP is designed to prepare doctoral candidates for a career in academia. Through a series of seminars, candidates explore key aspects of academic life, build interdisciplinary relationships with academics across the University, and have a head start in the academic job market. Candidates are subject to a competitive selection process where priority is given to mid-phase doctoral students who have completed their provisional goals. Tuition is funded by the Academic Career Advancement Award.

Capability Development Programme

Organisational Development (OD) offer professional development opportunities for both Academic and Professional staff. Find out how to browse the catalogue through Career Tools.

Academic Development and Performance Review (ADPR)

The ADPR process supports academic staff in their career development through regular discussions.

Checklist for teachers

Reflecting and planning are essential aspects in preparation for teaching any course. This checklist can be used as a guide to help teachers prepare for teaching.

Academic integrity

Tips and guidelines to help you incorporate principles of academic integrity into your courses.

Networking

Share ideas with colleagues. Connect through communities of interest/practice, and learn about the contributions of others through learning and teaching symposia.

Supervising research candidates

Ex-doctoral candidates will know what it means to be supervised, and at some stage in your teaching career you may want to become a supervisor yourself. Please check out these links to see what’s involved and where to find support.

Formative evaluations of teaching and courses

Learn how formative feedback can help improve teaching and the student experience.

Peer review of teaching

To support an application for continuation and promotion, there is an expectation that all academic staff will have their teaching formally observed at least once in the first two years at the University, and that all teachers engage in regular informal observation of colleagues and have their own teaching observed throughout their career.

Our guide for peer review of teaching describes the process and provides suggestions for having your teaching reviewed.

Rainbow-friendly teaching

A course on providing safe, inclusive and equitable learning spaces for LGBTQIA, Takatāpui and MVPFAFF+ students and preparing all students to live and work in diverse communities.

This self-paced, online Canvas course takes you through topics such as tangata whenua and tangata moana identities, key concepts and terms, intersectionality, pronouns, curricular inclusion and more. The course has been developed by Ranga Auaha Ako, Learning and Teaching Design Team with the support of an advisory group of University of Auckland, Waipapa Taumata Rau students and staff.

Faculty intranets (learning and teaching)

Faculty intranets

Financial matters

Reimbursement

Concur Expense Management is the University’s system for managing work-related reimbursement.

Remuneration

Salary levels for academic staff can be viewed on the Staff Intranet.

Learning and teaching policies

Policy Hub

The Policy Hub provides key relevant policies relating to (among other things) learning and teaching, academic conduct and quality, assessment, and postgraduate research.

See also

Pre-semester checklist for teachers

Reflecting and planning are essential aspects in preparation for teaching any course.

Page updated 22/02/2024 (added formative evaluations)

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