TEF: Subject-Matter Expertise

Subject-Matter Expertise

This Dimension describes how instructors remain current within their respective fields, professions, and/or industries and how they share their expertise for the benefit of student learning. Instructors and programs are encouraged to adapt the areas of focus and to generate sample indicators based on the current and/or emerging needs within their areas of expertise.

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Key Areas of Focus:

  • Maintain professional competencies within field, profession, or industry to present relevant instruction
  • Develop and maintain appropriate stakeholder relationships within field, profession, or industry
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical responsibility within field, profession, or industry to students
  • Demonstrate commitment to a conscientious awareness of the role, image, skills, and knowledge of profession/industry/field
  • Demonstrate commitment to quality service and public safety within and outside of learning environment

Sample Indicators of Effective Practice

The sample indicators are organized into three levels: Involved, Engaged, and Leading. The levels are not dependent on the length of time that one has been an instructor as instructors begin their teaching careers with varied professional and academic backgrounds; however, as one moves from Involved to Engaged to Leading, the complexity of the skills and/or task increases.

Involved

Instructors at this level stay up to date with the expectations and competencies of their fields, professions, or industries.

Examples

  • Participate in activities that keep instructor up-to-date with the latest techniques, information, and technical innovations in their field, profession and/or industry.
  • Each centre and/or program can develop specific indicators of effective practice pertaining to professional roles, contexts, and expertise.

Engaged

Instructors at this level integrate new innovations and/or techniques from their fields, professions, or industries to improve their teaching practice and facilitate learning.

Examples

  • Integrates the latest techniques, information, and technical innovations from their field, profession and/or industry into their teaching practice.
  • Each centre and/or program can develop specific indicators of effective practice pertaining to professional roles, contexts, and expertise.

Leading

Instructors at this level share ideas and lead colleagues in using professional currencies to improve teaching practice and facilitate learning.

Examples

  • Engages colleagues in discussions to explore how best to integrate the latest techniques, information, and technical innovations from their field, profession and/or industry into their teaching practice.
  • Each centre and/or program can develop specific indicators of effective practice pertaining to professional roles, contexts, and expertise.