Teaching Matters

Volume 6 Issue 1
21 February 2013

Looking after self and others

Welcome to Teaching Matters 2013. This issue we share ideas on looking after self and others. How best can an academic do this is the midst of service to teaching and learning? When it may be more natural to look after others than self? When thinking about "self" may be something we are not wont to do? We invited the Business School's Russell Lansbury, Nigel Smith and Abdul Razeed to speak to us on this via video and below.

Next week/next issue: The first lecture

Some very practical tips from Angela Hecimovic and Rosina Mladenovic


Resilience, social support and generosity the keys




"Taking Care of Self and Others" is an important but neglected topic. Looking back over my career, I am certain the support and encouragement of others has been vital to my enjoyment and satisfaction with academic life.

In a nutshell, my ability to overcome obstacles and to maintain my enthusiasm in academia has been directly related to the support I have received from others within and outside my field.

RUSSELL LANSBURY
EMERITUS PROFESSOR
WORK AND ORGANISATIONAL STUDIES
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY BUSINESS SCHOOL

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Success through shared values




"Three statements of the obvious" follow. I'm stating the obvious (I'm good at that) when I say recognition from and for the people you work with is essential to organisational life. Relationship is the essence of everything, somebody famous once said. If we take that as a first principle, we can make three vaguely heroic assumptions about how relations at work should work, how we can best take care of ourselves and others, through recognition of contribution, common purpose and sometimes testing the rules...

NIGEL SMITH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY BUSINESS SCHOOL

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Confessions of a teaching addict - how to redo your to-do list

Abdul Razeed

ABDUL RAZEED
Lecturer Accounting
The University of Sydney
Business School

In an early career researchers' seminar a professor commented that the secret to successful work-life balance is to get all the teaching admin done well before semester starts. Easier said than done, I thought. Coordinating and teaching one of the Business School's largest subjects, I came face to face with my biggest nemesis - getting things done early...

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FYI on: How to Look after self and others

Please see: RACE, P, (2005), 2000 Tips for Lecturers, Routledge, New York for ideas such as these in Chapter 7:

  • Remind yourself that of the many stressors in academic life, some are beyond your control
  • Avoid the temptation to do the routine and not urgent tasks first!
  • Make good use of learning resource materials (e.g. for University of Sydney students at the Learning Centre)

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Teaching Matters disseminates information about learning and teaching to the University of Sydney Business School. Your contributions and feedback on matters of learning and teaching are welcome. Please contact the editor Susan Ellicott-Darke.