The Academic Role: What do Faculty do?


Have you ever wondered what academics or faculty do? What is the "academic role"? To give you an idea of the broad scope of academia and the wide variety of activities that I, as an academic, am involved in, I decided to take a snapshot of a typical week in my calendar. Do remember, that academic roles differ from one another. Some faculty do much more teaching while others are expected to spend most of their time on research.

Many of the weeks in my calendar differ from one another and it is the variety that is really exciting, but which also requires some effective project management skills. On Monday, I was involved in external examination at another university, while on Tuesday, I was presenting a postgraduate short course in the morning and accompanying a PhD candidate to an assessors’ meeting in the afternoon. On Wednesday, there was an undergraduate exam paper moderation session, followed by a research project discussion between myself and the co-authors, and the day ended with a school e-learning meeting. On Thursday, I was involved in some consultation work for industry, followed by a Senate meeting. On Friday, the week ended with a Wits Sport & Health (WiSH) Research Group management meeting and a group consultation between staff and students. These are the fixed events and in-between, the to-do list must also be nurtured.

My To Do list is filled with things like arranging our Faculty of Health Sciences Research Day, making revisions on a research paper, loading resources on our Learning Management Platform… Academic life is full of variety.

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