Co-Constructing a Community of Practice for Early-Career Computer Science Academics in the UK

Crick, Tom, Davenport, James, Hanna, Paul, Hayes, Alan, Irons, Alastair, Miller, Keith, Prickett, Tom, Ward, Rupert, Allen, Becky, Patil, Bhagyashree and Payne, Simon (2021) Co-Constructing a Community of Practice for Early-Career Computer Science Academics in the UK. In: CEP ’22: ACM Computing Education Practice Conference. ACM, United States. (In Press)

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Abstract

Early-career academics across all disciplines in the UK face significant challenges, and computer science is no exception. There are challenges in terms of developing an independent research career, delivering high quality learning and teaching, maintaining their own professional development, as well as wider academic service commitments. Tertiary education institutions in the UK often provide support through some combination of mentoring, coaching, and training. Early-career faculty often have to work towards professional recognition of their teaching, either by direct application or via successful completion of an accredited institutional taught postgraduate course. This paper reports on progress towards supplementing institutional-level support through an evolving UK-wide initiative, co-constructed with early-career academics, to build diverse and resilient communities of practice in computer science. Insights are provided as to how the initiative supplements current institutional approach and is underpinned by national-level academic practice developmental events, professional body engagement, alongside cross-institutional mentoring and buddying schemes.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: ACM Computing Education Practice Conference 2022, CEP 20202; Durham, 6 Jan 2022. All authors contributed equally to this paper.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Early-career academics, community of practice, professional development, co-construction
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 10:53
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2021 11:08
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47674

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