Teaching without learning is just talking (Angelo & Cross, 1993:3)
In my role as Educational Development Officer here at RHUL, I am involved with both the CAPITAL (Programme Leader) and inSTIL programmes which focus on the professional development of newly appointed staff who teach and support student learning. These programmes lead respectively to Fellowship and Associate status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and participation in programmes such as this are an excellent way to reflect upon and explore pedagogic and academic practice. As a Senior HEA fellow myself, having followed a programme route to recognition, I can personally recommend the inSTIL and CAPITAL experiences as a valuable way of gaining recognition; a qualification; greater insight into one's own practice, and teaching more generally; and an in-depth understanding of key issues and themes within higher education today which affect all of us who work within this sector. And in addition, you get to meet colleagues from across the College and these early networking contacts can prove to be invaluable over time.
My other professional duties include managing the Teaching & Learning Interest Group (TaLIG), working with individual academic members of staff on developing aspects of their practice, reponding to departmental requests for input into various teaching-related projects, observing teaching, and representing Educational Development on various learning and teaching related incentives and committees. As a relatively new member of the College starting in October 2010 after a two month intensive spell at Imperial College London on the chalk face teaching English for Academic Purposes (pic below, 2nd row, almost far right if you can spot me?), I am keen to continue to meet and support other members of staff who are interested in teaching, learning, and assessment within higher education.
My previous employment was at the University of Essex where I studied and then worked for 18 years. My most recent post there was as a Professional Development Officer and my role was almost identical to the one I now hold here at Royal Holloway. I therefore have lots of experience working with academic and academic-related staff, both newly appointed and experienced, and also with graduates who teach and support students in their learning. Prior to that, I worked for several years in the International Academy at Essex within the field of English for Academic Purposes. Within that period of my career I ran both In-sessional and Pre-sessional programmes; designed and lead a Foundation Level course in Linguistics for international students; designed and ran Language and Academic Skills courses for international students and taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Introduction to, and Methodology of TEFL, and I taught Introductory Level Linguistics.
My Bachelor's degree is in Language Studies (French, English Literature, and Theoretical Linguistics), my Master's is in English Language Teaching, and I hold a TESOL Certificate.