Erik Brogt
University of Canterbury, New Zealand


Erik is a Reader in Academic Development at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Erik strongly identifies as a scholar-practitioner. As a scholar, he studies higher education development and discipline-based higher education. As a practitioner, he supports the university in a wide range of matters academic, from teaching development with individual lecturers to programme development to strategic educational change. Over the years, in part courtesy of the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (2010-2012) and COVID, he has become very interested in how academic leadership operates, and how academic development can be a strategic tool to build teaching and learning resilience.

Erik originally trained in astronomy and taught physics in the Netherlands before moving to the United States to pursue his doctorate in teaching and teacher education. He encountered academic development here for the first time, and never looked back. After obtaining his PhD in 2009, he moved to New Zealand and has been there ever since.

Erik has been an active member of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia and has served for years on the New Zealand branch’s executive committee, including five years as the treasurer. In 2018, Erik co-founded and currently chairs the Academic Development Special Interest Group in HERDSA to provide a regional forum for academic developers to share experiences, resources, and get peer support. During this time, he became more involved in SEDA. He became a SEDA Fellow in 2018, and a Senior Fellow in 2021. In 2022, he became the new Senior Fellowship scheme lead.

Besides being a Senior Fellow of SEDA, Erik is a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE and a Fellow of HERDSA. In 2020, Erik received the HERDSA-TERNZ Research Medal for “outstanding and sustained contributions and commitment to tertiary education research and service in New Zealand”.

Programme Lead SFSEDA