Bad or Evil?
School of GeoSciences
South Africa option course
Constraints of funding body
Previous experience in other departments
Surviving, Juggling or Coping?
From surviving to coping – stresses of first experiences of teaching
Preparation and assessment
An example of what not to do
Increased experience brings efficiency
Be disciplined – with self and with students
Be selective – don’t take on too many responsibilities or
Link teaching and research – teach what you know and avoid what
you don’t know
Teaching – Good?
CV and employability
Another string to your bow
Money (if not in existing contract)
Useful ‘addition’ to funding applications?
Work towards PG Cert
Link research to teaching
Teaching – Bad?
Time – easy to underestimate how much
time good teaching takes
Takes time away from research and
commitments of funding awards
Brings new set of administration and
meetings to deal with
Another source of stress
Teaching – Evil?
If workload becomes unsustainable
If seen as soft-touch OR own insecurity of
tenure means you say ‘Yes’ too much
Overall – Teach to your strengths
On balance, good for CV and useful for interviews
Think ‘what’s in it for me?’
When, where, what level, what topic?
Link to research interests (current or emerging)
How does teaching relate to career development?
Individual lectures over course convening
Undergraduate and postgraduate
Side benefits – PCUT, publications