Teachers DO get Promoted! Reward and recognition via promotion policies and processes.

Prof Sandra WILLS

Professor Sandra WILLS

Professor Sandra WILLSProfessor Sandra WILLS has nearly 40 years international experience in the fields of education and technology from primary through to university education including teacher training, curriculum development, multimedia development, academic development and senior management. She has authored nearly 350 publications and multimedia products, and is well-known as an innovative and motivating speaker, having delivered more than 120 invited and keynote addresses in 22 countries.

Sandra is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and a Fellow of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE). Awards include ACS Lecturer of the Year and a Silver Core award from the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) for long-term service to computers in education as chair of several national and international conferences, boards and committees. In 2008 she received a Citation from the Australian Learning & Teaching Council for "strategic leadership to ensure learning technologies promote active, collaborative and global student learning".


Firstly, I provide evidence to tackle academics' perceptions that university teachers do not get promoted. This evidence is benchmarked with one other Australian university and two UK universities and links to work of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Secondly, I will outline UOW's framework that makes explicit what constitutes evidence for excellence in teaching. The framework is now an approved University of Wollongong document and is used to improve the understanding of both Promotions Committee and applicants about judging an application for promotion based on teaching.

Thirdly, I will describe how peer review of teaching-related activities is an integral part of the evidence framework for promotion, contrasting this with the collegial, formative peer review which has been part of the compulsory teacher training course at UOW for 17 years.