What is academic teachership? During a number of workshops with experienced teachers at Stockholm University, eight dimensions of academic teaching were identified. The result is presented in the form of a cube. The aim of the Cube is to offer inspiration and act as a reminder of the possibilities of academic teachership.


The 8 dimensions Academic teachership:

1. Subject expert and guide

Translates subject knowledge into teaching practice through, for example:

  • Adapt teaching to the appropriate level
  • Determine what students find difficult
  • Give students support and access to learning resources.


2. Role model and mentor

Approaches teaching professionally through, for example:

  • Being a role model for colleagues and students
  • Being prepared and lucid
  • Communicate purpose and learning objectives
  • Act consciously with attitudes, values and ethics


3. Student-centered

Places the students’ perspectives and their needs in focus through, for example:

  • Building on student interests
  • Creating an inclusive, open and safe environment
  • Engaging students i processing content


4. Examiner

Approaches assessment and evaluation professionally through, for example:

  • Making student progression visible through feedback
  • Assessing student learning in relation to learning outcomes
  • Provide training of skills that are examined


5. Course designer

Creates and develops courses through, for example:

  • Design teaching and learning activites and examination that align with learning outcomes
  • Continuously evaluate courses and programs
  • Identify areas for development in courses and programs


6. Reflective practitioner

Systematically develops ones own teachership through, for example:

  • Reflect on your role as teacher
  • Problematise aspects of teaching
  • Have a clear plan for your own pedagogical development


7. Pedagogical leader

Drives educational change through, for example:

  • Take responsibility for courses and programs
  • Initiate and drive pedagogical development work
  • Develop the pedagogical culture at the department


8. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Contributes to sharing and collegial development through, for example:

  • Systematically explore pedagogical practice
  • Share pedagogical experiences
  • Link teaching to pedagogical research