I know that any email with AWAM in the title brings joy to most hearts. A necessary tool to help us manage equitable workloads I’m aware the AWAM is often a space of contention. Like Skinner’s rats that received electric shocks, I too get a little twitchy at the mention of the AWAM!
In 2017 we continued to tweak the AWAM; my thanks to the team, chaired by Peter R, who worked on this. Di has produced a very helpful and well annotated spreadsheet that we will implement in 2019.
I’d like to fire up the AWAM committee. I have reviewed the College guidelines for the committee and I have decided to rethink the membership of this group. In 2018, the AWAM committee will consist of:
- Associate Dean, HE
- Associate Dean, R&I
- Academic Director, Professional Practice
- School Manager
- 2 elected staff reps
Michael has already accepted one of the staff rep roles (thank you!) and I will ask Ronnie to shortly call for another rep. I encourage our Early Career Academics to consider applying for this role. The group can choose a chair in the first meeting. The chair will receive a 5% allocation under leadership in the AWAM. Other members will pick up the role under the 5% administrative duties in the AWAM.
The function of the AWAM committee is to:
- Oversee the timely development of the School Academic Workload Model by November of each year for the following year.
- Consider and seek to resolve issues raised by staff through the consultation process.
- Monitor and review implementation of the workload allocation model within the School.
- Keep a transparent record and monitor additional workload allocations given to individuals or groups throughout the year.
- Engage in genuine consultation with staff regarding the model with adequate opportunity for staff to input and engage in the consultation process.
- Provide advice and make recommendations to the Dean on matters requiring action relating to academic workloads within the School and regarding annual review of the College Framework.