Johan Geertsema, Chng Huang Hoon, Mark Gan and Alan Soong explore prerequisites for the wholesale delivery of teaching excellence across higher education institutions. They examine whether education-based employment tracks have the ability to deliver teaching excellence, finding no evidence to suggest that ‘teaching only’ contract staff members are better at teaching than other staff. As such, they warn against the segmentation of academic roles and raise concerns regarding the fragmentation of work due to non-tenured positions. Teaching excellence for these authors means retaining the principles of academic citizenship that enables academic freedom and the promotion of a community of learners.