• Faculty Capacity Development Initaitives   |   University of Asia Pacific

 

 

        Overview       |          Improving Learning and Teaching Skills (ILTS)           |           Faculty Development supports and University Policies                      

 

  • Overview

 

UAP is very keen on developing capacity of its faculty members and staff thereby improving the quality of scholarly work and teaching-learning leading towards creating impact on the society. Having efficient and quality faculty members is the key to the success of any department, and UAP acknowledge that not only by creating a helpful learning/ teaching culture within the departments, but also by taking formal initiatives to introduce specially focused training sessions along with seminars and workshops. This is one of such initiative which puts UAP among the pioneers, and can be a model for many other universities in Bangladesh. UAP has opened scopes within its various policies and established supporting institutes to help further sharpening the academic acumen of its faculty members.

In department level, all departments support (provides facilities, nomination) faculty members to attend training programs, workshops, seminars and international conferences. The university encourages its stuff for higher study by granting study leave. At the commencement of each semester, many depertments arrange orientation workshop within the department for the newly appointed academics where distinguished resources persons provide lectures on various aspects.

 

  • Improving Learning and Teaching Skills (ILTS)  

With an aspiration to elucidate the role of the teacher in creating effective learning environments, employing active learning strategies & technique, ensuring an effective learning environment, developing the tools that allow students to practice learning in the class environment, UAP has initiated the training program "Improving Learning and Teaching Skills (ILTS)". Initiated in Spring-2017, it is a semester long training program divided in 10 classes in each semester for improving proficiency of faculty members of UAP, especially the newly joined faculty members. All department of UAP participate in this special and comprehensive training session on ’Teaching Pedagogy’. This program addresses different aspects of teaching-learning process through which a faculty member can improve his/her performance as a teacher.

 

Mode and Objectives

ILTS is a 36 hours long faculty development program divided in 10 weekly day long sessions. The sessions are usually led by the UAP Pro Vice chancellor as resource person and the chief coordinator. 

Intended for the newly joined faculty members, ILTS focuses on: 

  • Providing the newly joined faculties with a guideline on how to improve teaching
  • Assisting them to prepare their respective course files effectively for modern ways of education.

In last Fiscal Year 2018-19 forty Lecturers & Assistant Professors of different departments have completed ILTS course. Besides in-house trainers, Professor Dr M. Mozahar Ali, Director, Graduate Training Institute, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh and Parveen S. Huda, Managing Director, Renaissance Consultants Ltd conducted the training.  

 

  • Faculty Development Supports and University Policies

 

Support to Faculty Members for Research, Publication, and Conference Attendance

UAP focuses on 3 Qs – Quality Research (QR), Quality Publication (QP) and Quality Conference Paper (QCP) and supports the faculty members through its Institute of Energy, Environment, Research and Development (IEERD) as well as through respective departments. The goal such support is for faculty capacity development in quality teaching,  research and scientific publication. During the year, UAP has invested an amount of Taka 3.03 crore for research and development.

 

Study Leave to Faculty Members for Higher Studies

During the financial year 2018-19, 35 faculty members – 13 female and 22 male got study leave to study abroad. Another 31 faculty members had been granted study leave earlier. That makes a total of 66 teachers are on study leave.  Fifty three faculty members doing their PhD and 13 others are doing their Master’s in the universities abroad.  

 

Study Leave with payment Policy

Study leave rule of UAP is favorable for faculty members for pursuing higher education. The leave with payment policy encourages faculty members who go abroad for higher degrees to come back again in the Department, thereby ensures higher number of faculty members with higher degrees. Upon joining after study leave, he or she will get a percentage of the remuneration of each month during the period of study leave. In last 5 years, a number of faculty members has come back to their respective Departments and are serving it after completing  their higher studies in foreign Universities and hence, enriched the Department.

The policy

Maximum 5 years (2 years for M.Sc./MS/M.Phill. & 3 years for Ph.D.). 25% of the last drawn basic Pay will be paid for total duration of leave which will be subject to joining at the continuation of active teaching of not less than 2 years of the total active teaching of 5 years at UAP. Total amount of 25% will be paid as per the following procedure.

1. 25% of the amount will be paid in the first month of joining.

2. Rest 75% will be paid in equal monthly installments during the next 2 years.

Period of study leave will not be counted as service in the UAP for the purpose of annual increment, provident fund and gratuity. Period of extra-ordinary leave (leave without pay) will not be counted as service in the UAP for any purpose. Service in the UAP will mean service in any post in the UAP.

 

Evaluation of Faculty members by Students:

To improve the quality of teaching, students have the opportunity to evaluate the faculty members taking their class in different semesters. This evaluation is done though online automation system and the admit card of a student is not issued unless he/she fills the evaluation through online. The evaluation form contains a number of points that addresses student’s feedback regarding different aspects of the teacher as well as the course he taught. Evaluated forms of each faculty members are sent to Head of the Department and the respective teacher so as to identify his strength or weakness. If the evaluation of a faculty member is repeatedly found poor then he/she is advised to improve himself or to take another course. Poor evaluation may also results zero yearly increment of a faculty member.

 

Peer observation 

Peer observation is another tool which gives a faculty member good idea about the strength and weakness of his/her teachinng in a class. Peer observation is conducted through several practices including: 

Attendance: All faculty members are required to maintain dedicated office-hours per week and a daily roster of hours of service for each faculty member is maintained.
 

Punctuality in class: Faculty members are required to commence the classes as scheduled as well as fulfill the designed duration of classes.  
 

Make-up class: If any class is missed, academics need to fill up make-up class form 
provided from department. This ensure the completion of the total numbers of classes in a semester. 

 

Question moderation: All questions are moderated that ensures the total completion of 
course content and following the Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs. 

 

Results scrutinizing: After preparation and prior to final submission, results are scrutinized by another academic (nominated by department). 
 

In-Class observation: Senior faculty members pay surprise visits to classes of different 
courses in order to evaluate the quality of the lecturing and classroom activities during the commencement of the sessions. This practice allows the evaluation of the peer as well as the monitoring of the required duration of the classes. Often teachers invite other faculty members to engage in a dialogue with the students. 

 

  • Professional development programs for supporting staffs:

For staff development, UAP pays 50% of the total cost in attending workshop and short courses.