Chalmers University of Technology aims to offer a world-class education. An important part of this endeavor is the pedagogical competence of the teachers. For documenting, developing and evaluating pedagogical competence, a pedagogical portfolio is used, and it must contain both qualitative and quantitative qualifications. Chalmers’ view of pedagogical competence is reflected in the assessment criteria for pedagogical competence in Chalmers’ Appointment regulations for teaching and research faculty. For positions that involve teaching and responsibility for examinations in undergraduate education, completed pedagogical training for higher education is required (which when applying for promotion or employment must be presented in a dedicated document, “Pedagogical training qualifications”).
Education in teaching and learning in higher education
Chalmers has for a long time had pedagogical training requirements for positions that involve teaching and responsibility for examinations. Since 2005, SUHF’s recommendations
have been the only national framework for education in teaching and learning in higher education in Sweden and in 2016 the recommendations were updated (REK 2016:1). At Chalmers, pedagogical training for higher education is given in the form of a Diploma in teaching and learning in higher education. The diploma has since 2017 been structured like a program that starts with a compulsory foundational course followed by a mixture of compulsory and elective courses. The objective of the restructuring was for the Diploma to meet SUHF’s updated recommendations, but it was only in 2021 that this was achieved for all issued Diplomas for that year. The courses in teaching and learning in higher education are primarily aimed at Chalmers employees and new employees are expected to undergo the training during their first two years of employment. Employee at Chalmers can read more about the Diploma and the different courses on the on Chalmers intranet.
In Chalmers’ Appointment regulations for teaching and research faculty, effective from 2022, the requirement for pedagogical training for higher education has been formulated as follows “Education in higher education pedagogics in accordance with SUHF’s recommendations”
. To support those seeking promotion or employment in how this can be interpreted and should be handled when applying, a detailed description is available on this page.
Education in research supervision
At Chalmers, supervision of research is considered an important educational competence for employees doing research. A course in research supervision is a requirement for being accepted as Oavlönad docent at Chalmers
. However, for positions that include teaching and research, this is a separate requirement when it comes to pedagogical qualifications. Thus, courses in research supervision cannot be included in the fulfilment of the requirement for “Education in higher education pedagogics in accordance with SUHF’s recommendations”. When applying for promotion or employment, the supporting materials for both requirements are collected in the file “Pedagogical training qualifications”. Employee at Chalmers can read more about the course in research supervision offered at Chalmers under the heading “Research supervision” on Chalmers intranet.
Chalmers’ pedagogical portfolio and definition of pedagogical competence
A pedagogical portfolio is a central document when applying for promotion or employment (to positions that involve teaching and responsibility for examinations). A detailed instruction for Chalmers’ pedagogical portfolio and a description of Chalmers’ view of pedagogical proficiency and competence can be found on Pedagogical portfolio
For Chalmers employees, a seminar series offered “Writing a pedagogical portfolio”, which can be found under the heading “Seminars for Chalmers Lecturers” on the Chalmers intranet.