Opening UTAS to Talent: The UTAS Academic
In July 2012 the Senior Management Team and Academic Senate approved the document Opening UTAS to Talent: The UTAS Academic which laid out performance expectations in research and teaching. At that time, it was agreed that towards the end of 2013, this document would be updated by revising the Research Performance Expectations (RPEs) and the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) and also extended through the introduction of expectations for both community engagement and internal service.
An initial review process was therefore begun late July 2013 with the aim of better aligning the UTAS Academic with the objectives of Open to Talent, refining the metrics used in the performance expectations and ensuring connections with key policies and procedures. This review was coordinated by the Office of the Provost.
The RPE and TPE components of Opening UTAS to Talent: The UTAS Academic went through an extensive initial consultation process involving key expert stakeholder groups. The initial stage of the review was carried out via three parallel processes: 1) a process led by the Chair of Academic Senate using the Standing Academic Committee of Academic Senate as an initial focus group; 2) a process undertaken by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) using the Associate Deans (Research), Deans of Faculties and Directors of Institutes, and the Research College Board as initial focus groups; and 3) a process undertaken by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education) using the Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching), Deans of Faculties and Directors of Institutes and the University Learning and Teaching Committee as initial focus groups. In addition, performance expectations for community engagement and internal service were developed in the Office of the Provost.
The subsequent revised drafts were made available for staff comment on the web, and were concurrently presented to Academic Senate for consideration and further feedback on 15th November 2013. The final Opening UTAS to Talent: The UTAS Academic takes account of that feedback and is published below in sections.