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What are the Fellowships?

The UCD Fellowships in Teaching & Academic Development are part of an institutional development structure to encourage a greater number of faculty to focus on advancing university-wide enhancement in teaching and learning through strategic policy/practice-based research. The fellowships offer a mechanism to recognise and reward individuals for these contributions.  Fellows are selected through a competitive process.

The fellowship scheme aims to identify and develop faculty with both the pedagogic expertise and the leadership capacity to effect transformational change in teaching, learning and assessment practices both in discipline-specific areas and thematically, across the institution.

The work of the Fellows in Teaching & Academic Development is focused in areas of strategic importance to the university and is informed by a scholarly approach to the enhancement of teaching and learning and UCD’s curricular structures and practices. Fellowship activities are informed by international research and experts in the field.

Fellowship appointments for 2023-25 are for a period of 24 months, commencing in January 2024 and ending in December 2025. Eight Fellowships were awarded, allowing for the formation of two Fellowship research teams to address the themes:

  • Embedding Employability in the Curriculum through Work-Integrated Learning
  • Engagement through Partnership: Students as Partners in Teaching & Learning

Fellows 2023-25

Embedding Employability in the Curriculum through Work-Integrated Learning

This theme will be explored by the following team of Fellows:

Dr Annette Clancy, MSc, PhD, Dip Communications

Dr Annette Clancy, MSc, PhD, Dip Communications

UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy

I am Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy where I am the director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. I also teach on the Creative Futures Academy funded BA degree in Creative and Cultural Industries. My subject areas are management and business. I have researched and published in the area of teaching and learning and my interest has been enhanced by completing the Digital Badge in UDL and the Facilitator Badge in 2021. I am also a University for All Faculty Partner for the UCD College of Arts and Humanities. I am a member of the Academic Development Group of the Creative Futures Academy – a partnership between UCD, the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), and the Institute of Art Design + Technology (IADT).

My broad area of research is organisation studies and in particular what are often termed 'soft skills' – challenging to teach, learn and then meaningfully deploy in the workplace. I am really looking forward to being involved in the Fellowship theme of 'Embedding Employability in the Curriculum through Work-Integrated Learning' and to exploring with a diverse range of colleagues how we might creatively inquire into this area and make a meaningful difference to the theme.

Associate Professor Jaime Jones, BA, MA, DPhil

Associate Professor Jaime Jones, BA, MA, DPhil

UCD School of Music

I am an Associate Professor in Ethnomusicology and former Deputy Associate Dean in the UCD College of Arts and Humanities. Over the course of a degree, our students develop, refine, and transfer skills that are central to humanities scholarship, particularly communication, research, critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation. These skills, valuable in their own right, also have tremendous worth outside of the university, and my work underscores this.

In the classroom, I engage students at all stages using assessments that emphasise a broad spectrum of competencies, including musical practice, ethnographic research, and professional communication. In overseeing the BA Humanities programme, I developed our third-year internship programme, which empowers students to recognise the skills that they have gained through reflection, and to be able to tell stories about their own mastery and value.

Associate Professor Jennifer Keenahan, BE, PhD, Prof Dip University Teaching & Learning

Associate Professor Jennifer Keenahan, BE, PhD, Prof Dip University Teaching & Learning

UCD School of Civil Engineering

I am an engineer and my teaching philosophy is shaped by my experience as a practicing engineer with Arup. I coordinate and lecture three interdisciplinary modules for first, second and third year undergraduate Engineering and Architecture students. I strive to integrate employability and work-integrated learning into the curriculum, ensuring that students are well-prepared for interdisciplinary collaboration in their future careers.

Currently, I am the Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning in the UCD College of Engineering and Architecture, and previously have been Programme Director for the dual masters degree programme between Columbia University and UCD (2020-2022) and School Head of Teaching and Learning (2018-2022). In 2021, I was appointed as Faculty Partner in the University for all Faculty Partnership Programme, and completed the UCD Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning.

Dr Elaine Wilson, BSocSc, PhD

Dr Elaine Wilson, BSocSc, PhD

UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

I am an Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice and Associate Dean, Graduate Social Sciences, UCD College of Social Sciences and Law. I teach primarily on the Professional Masters of Social Work programme, specialising in the areas of grief and loss, palliative care and practice education. My pedagogic expertise originates from my time as a social work practitioner and informs my academic practice and engagement with students in the classroom setting.

My teaching philosophy highlights my commitment to engaged and participatory research and my research is applied, collaborative and designed to contribute to knowledge about practice learning. I am looking forward to engaging in the cross-disciplinary opportunities that the Fellowship offers and developing productive working relationships with colleagues on this Fellowship programme.

Engagement through Partnership: Students as Partners in Teaching & Learning

This theme will be explored by the following team of Fellows:

 

Dr Rachel Farrell, BSc(Econ), MA, PhD, HDip

Dr Rachel Farrell, BSc(Econ), MA, PhD, HDip

UCD School of Education

I am Director of the Professional Master of Education Programme (PME) in the UCD School of Education and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law. My main research interest is in the area of Democratic Pedagogical Partnerships and Expansive Learning in Initial Teacher Education (ITE). I have led many collaborative initiatives where UCD students play a central role, including: effective use of immersive technology in post-primary education with SchooVR, an evaluation of digital portfolios in ITE with MS Education Ireland, cyber resilience education with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, busting gender bias in STEAM with SFI, and Oide Young Economist of the Year national awards for post-primary students in association with multiple universities and government agencies. 

I am also the UCD lead on START, an Erasmus + project looking at the transition from secondary to tertiary education. I was fortunate to be awarded both a University Teaching and Learning Award and a Values in Action award for my partnership work with students. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to forge new and meaningful partnerships with my students and colleagues as part of this Fellowship programme.

Associate Professor Olive Lennon, BPhysio, MSc, PhD, PGDip Stats, PGDip Health Services Management, Prof Dip University Teaching and Learning

Associate Professor Olive Lennon, BPhysio, MSc, PhD, PGDip Stats, PGDip Health Services Management, Prof Dip University Teaching and Learning

UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

I am an Associate Professor in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. My research centres on neurorehabilitation and on exploring how to best prepare entry-level students for evidence-based professional practice and interprofessional working. In my teaching I try to promote collaborative, interactive learning. In my former role as Associate Dean for postgraduate education (2019-2023), I worked alongside postgraduate research students to form a student-led committee, support peer-to-peer learning and codesign a postgraduate pathway map for self-regulation.

I received a University Teaching Excellence Award (2020) for scholarship in embedding student-led research in teaching and for my contribution to interprofessional education across health-care professional college programmes. I completed the Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning (2018) and was awarded the Universal Design Badge for Teaching and Learning (2022).

Associate Professor Naomi McAreavey, BA, MA, PhD, GradDip University Teaching and Learning

Associate Professor Naomi McAreavey, BA, MA, PhD, GradDip University Teaching and Learning

UCD School of English, Drama and Film

As a Renaissance Literature lecturer in the UCD School of English, Drama and Film, I try to provide a warm and inclusive learning environment for my students by offering them different ways of engaging. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is at the heart of my teaching through which I embrace the diversity in my classrooms and help my students become more engaged and empowered learners. As a University for All Faculty Partner, I have helped increase UDL practice in my school and college to ensure that inclusion is at the heart of our activities.

Inclusion has also been central to the SATLE-funded project I have been leading on pedagogical responses to generative AI in the arts and humanities. Our student partners have been actively involved in the project from the outset and I have learned firsthand the unique power and impact of their voices. I am delighted that the Fellowship in Teaching & Academic Development will give me the opportunity to better understand how to build and maintain inclusive student partnerships to promote engagement and improve learning.

Dr Seán Paul Teeling, BSc Health Service Management (hons), MA, PhD, MBA (Merit), BMus, HDip Nursing (distinction), PGDip Operating Department Nursing, GradDip Lean Six Sigma, RN, RCN

Dr Seán Paul Teeling, BSc Health Service Management (hons), MA, PhD, MBA (Merit), BMus, HDip Nursing (distinction), PGDip Operating Department Nursing, GradDip Lean Six Sigma, RN, RCN

UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

I am a joint appointment with the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. My teaching addresses the opportunities and challenges inherent in implementing person-centred quality improvement programmes in the health system; for example, enabling healthcare professionals in clinical, educational, managerial and research roles to explore new ways of working individually and collectively to improve service providers’ and service users’ experience of care.

My modules and programmes are grounded in systems thinking, emphasising the real-world application and implications for professional practice of key concepts such as person-centredness, person-centred care, person-centred cultures, human flourishing, collaborative practice, innovation and distributed leadership. For the period of this fellowship, I will be collaborating with colleagues focusing on the theme of Engagement through Partnership: Students as Partners in Teaching & Learning. Students are our primary stakeholders and all stakeholders should be meaningfully involved from the outset in the design of any service or product. This approach to curriculum and pedagogy emphasises authentic collaboration between students and educators in curriculum design and development as well as in teaching, learning and assessment processes.

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