The Caledonian Academy is offering a 3-year studentship to carry out research leading to a PhD investigating whether and how collaborations impact the development and diffusion of innovative teaching and learning methods in universities.
Networked Innovation: The role of collaborations in creation and diffusion of innovative teaching and learning practices in universities. Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian
are invited for a PhD research studentship within the Caledonian Academy (www.academy.gcal.ac.uk) in Glasgow, UK.
The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory
progress and provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£3,450 pa)
plus an annual stipend of £14,275. The successful candidate is expected to
undertake up to 6 hours of academic support activity per week, which will
include research, teaching or administration.
Caledonian Academy is offering a 3-year studentship to carry out
leading to a PhD investigating whether
and how collaborations impact the development and diffusion of
and learning methods in universities.
While there is
a growing body of literature on co-production of knowledge in research, in
particular the essential role collaborations have been playing in the
advancement of science, little is known about the role of collaborations in the
development of innovative teaching and learning practices (TLP). The learning
potential of collaborative innovation experiences for academics themselves is
not well understood. Conducted within a range of disciplines within Glasgow
Caledonian University, this study will explore whether and how collaborations
impact the development and diffusion of innovative TLP. First, ethnographic
case studies will be conducted to generate testable hypotheses. Second, participants'
networks will be analysed to explore the collaboration practices and test the
hypotheses. Third, follow-up interviews will be conducted to understand if and
how collaboration practices impact innovation in TLP. The study has dual goals
of contributing to the theory and practice of teaching and learning in higher
education. It contributes to 3 literatures: sociology of knowledge, workplace
learning, and diffusion of innovation. It contributes to practice by
identifying conditions under which teaching and learning innovations can be
enabled and enhanced in universities.
The fellowship is open to candidates from EU countries. Essential:
must be graduates (Masters or
Bachelors Degree plus relevant Masters) with a background in
Educational Science or its sub-disciplines. Candidates with a background in
Social or Behavioural Sciences are also eligible to apply, but a strong
interest in Learning and Education is
interest in conducting applied research
interest in drawing upon and integrating research from both Higher Education
and adult workplace learning areas.
· Experience (or strong
interest) in contemporary network theories is a plus.
· Familiarity with
relevant research on workplace learning, university learning, collaborative
work and learning, sociology, and diffusion of innovation is a plus.
We are looking for a smart, dynamic, curious and motivated person who has the
· experience, or interest
in, conducting mixed methods applied research
· strong abilities in writing
and oral presentation in English
· ability to structure
own work to achieve results within strict deadlines
· ability to communicate
research findings efficiently to both academic and non-academic audiences
seeking further information should contact the supervisory team via Claire
Carroll email@example.com or by telephoning +44
(0)141 331 3680.
How to Apply: Application
Materials and Deadline:
should submit each of the following documents by e-mail to Claire Carroll, firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Glasgow Caledonian University application form found at http://www.gcu.ac.uk/graduatecentre/downloads/standard_app_form.doc
2. Letter of interest specifying how you learned about this vacancy and
outlining how your skills, experience and background meet the essential and
desirable criteria for this studentship.
A writing sample (e.g. a recent journal publication or a chapter from your
5. Names and contact information of two references (academic and/or professional).
for applications is June 25, 2010.
Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will
be conducted in the week commencing July
12, 2010. Interviews could be conducted either face to face at Glasgow
Caledonian University or using video/audio-conferencing if required. The studentship
is expected to begin no later than October