Staff profile

Professor Malcolm Todd


Provost (Academic)

Department

Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

M.Todd@derby.ac.uk

About

I am committed to enabling an excellent student learning experience and seeking out opportunities for growth and enhancement. I have research, publishing, and grant-funding credentials and widely recognised on a national and international scale for contributions to the discipline of Sociology and the wider social sciences and to the study of learning, teaching and assessment. I am Provost (Academic) at the University of Derby, UK and member of the University Executive Team.

I have a particular interest in how to best support the student learning experience. I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2014. I have published widely on learning and teaching matters, especially around the themes of learner autonomy, work-based learning and the teaching of 'race' and ethnicity. I was, until 2010, the Associate Director of the national Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, part of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am a TEF Pilot Subject Assessor, appointed by the Office for Students.

Professional interests

I am a UK National Teaching Fellow with a particular interest in how to best support student transition into HE.  I have published widely on learning and teaching matters in the social sciences, especially around the themes of learner autonomy, work-based learning and the teaching of 'race' and ethnicity. See some examples of my publications below.

 

Research interests

What motivates me, as a Sociologist, is the need to better understand the ‘super-complex’, multifaceted and fluid world that surrounds us. My vision for excellent teaching and learning in higher-education was inspired, early in my academic career, by CW-Mills who famously called for an awakening of the ‘Sociological Imagination’. In this sense, I take as a starting point to pedagogy the creation of structured learning landscapes that foster and enable a deep, critical, sociological curiosity. Students are expected to ask, and then seek answers to, important ontological and epistemological questions about a world of ever-rapid change, challenge and uncertainty. I am a fervent advocate of learning through the social scientific research and inquiry process. I have been influenced by writers like Wilhem von Humboldt who called for the incorporation of research-based study for all undergraduate students. I see learning in higher-education as a dialogical process where my role is to work in collaboration with students to develop new knowledge of sociological importance in a post-modern, dynamic, society. There are a number of overarching objectives that distinguish my deep commitment to achieving individual excellence in my practice. I aim to:

Membership of professional bodies

I was, until 2010, the Associate Director of the national Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, part of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Currently, I am leading on a national project for the HEA and HEFCE on teaching about Islam in the Social Sciences. I was a Trustee of the British Sociology Association and member of the Heads and Professors of Sociology.

 

Qualifications

International experience

I have been actively involved with transnational education, developing strong partnership relationships with HEIs in Hong Kong, the Netherlands and the USA. I have chaired validation and institutional approval events in the UK, mainland Europe, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.