HERDSA Notices 11 April 2018

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* HERDSA TATAL Adelaide 2018
* Update Academic Development SIG
* Job Vacancy - Associate Dean Learning and Teaching College of Health and Medicine - University of Tasmania
* Call for Proposals for Special Issue of IJAD: Failure: A catalyst for learning and development
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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HERDSA TATAL Adelaide 2018
19th June 2018 commencement of online TATAL

Take some time at HERDSA 2018 to Talk About “your” Teaching And Learning (TATAL) 

Is it time to ‘hit the pause button’ and reflect on my teaching? Do I have a teaching philosophy? Well! TATAL might be for you. The 8th HERDSA TATAL workshop offers an opportunity to share, reflect and review the values and beliefs that underlie your approach to teaching and learning. 
We’re ‘flipping out’ at Adelaide HERDSA TATAL this year. The half-day workshop is supported by an online preconference learning experience. Following the conference, you can continue the experience with the workshop group to develop a teaching portfolio suitable for a HERDSA Fellowship application. 
Register for TATAL by Monday 18th June (online portion commences June 19). There is a maximum of 30 participants, so register early. Go to http://herdsa2018.aomevents.com.au/pre-conference/#pre_conference_worksh...

For further information go to: http://herdsa2018.aomevents.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2018/04/T...


Update Academic Development SIG

Thank you to those who responded to the expression of interest for an academic development SIG within HERDSA. We got quite a few responses which showed that there is sufficient critical mass to establish the SIG. We will now proceed and formally set up the SIG in consultation with the HERDSA Executive. If you are interested in being involved in the SIG executive, please let us know (erik.brogt@canterbury.ac.nz). We are looking in particular for a Deputy Chair in Australia. We will set up a listserv in the near future for interested colleagues. In the meantime, we have established a FaceBook Group for the SIG, which can be found here:



Job Vacancy - Associate Dean Learning and Teaching College of Health and Medicine - University of Tasmania
The closing date for applications is 30 April 2018

The University of Tasmania's College of Health and Medicine is committed to transforming the health of the Tasmanian community and addressing issues in health that affect communities both nationally and internationally. The College is globally recognised for the quality of health professional education together with transformative health and medical research across health service delivery, sports and nutrition, and health issues relevant to Tasmania including chronic diseases, dementia and aged care. 

The Associate Dean Learning and Teaching is a key leadership position critical to achieving the College’s strategic objectives relating to learning and teaching and academic quality. The Associate Dean is responsible for innovative course design and delivery, quality and standards, the collection and analysis of data to support continuous improvement and the scholarship of learning and teaching, and the development of rigorous assessment and course evaluation regimes. The Associate Dean contributes to debates and leads research on learning and teaching and fosters a culture of excellence, innovation and efficiency. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant health discipline and a postgraduate qualification in learning and teaching. Also essential will be evidence of research and a distinguished record of leadership in learning and teaching, inspiring team leadership, successful change management, and expertise in academic quality assurance. A qualification as a health professional would be well regarded. 

The position is located in either Launceston or Hobart and offered for an initial three or five year contract period underpinned by a continuing appointment at Level D or E. 

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2018. For essential position information, please contact Jandy Godfrey, Academic Search Manager, University of Tasmania on +61 3 6226 8589 or email Jandy.Godfrey@utas.edu.au


Further information http://careers.utas.edu.au/cw/en/job/492505/associate-dean-learning-and-...


Call for Proposals for Special Issue of IJAD: Failure: A catalyst for learning and development
Proposals (up to 500 words) due Sep 2018 | Manuscripts due May 2019 | Anticipated publication Jan 2020

This is an early call for proposals for a Special Issue on ‘Failure – a catalyst for learning and development,’ due for publication by the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD) in 2020. While successful interventions and practices create important opportunities for learning across international academic communities, less successful initiatives are seldom shared. Still, when asking how people learn to become an academic developer, most people acknowledge the trial and error aspects of learning the practice. The shortage of empirical research in higher education settings, as well as theoretical contributions that help us better understand failure in academic development, puts academic developers at the risk of repeating mistakes rather than learning from them.

The extended timeline is intended to give authors opportunity to not only reflect on previous initiatives, but also to design and execute new studies into academic development work on how failure contributes to academic development while still having time to go through IJAD’s regular review process for possible later publication.

More details about the special issue and processes for submission are available on IJAD's website: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/ed/rija-failure-a-catalyst-for-learni...

For further information or for queries about this Special Issue, please contact Klara Bolander Laksov (Klara.bolander.laksov@edu.su.se) or Cormac McGrath (Cormac.mcgrath@edu.su.se).

Further information http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/ed/rija-failure-a-catalyst-for-learni...


Higher Education in the Headlines

Unravelling system needs reform | TIM DODD  | Australian Higher Education | 11 April, 2018
Higher education is “unravelling” and universities and government need to look for broader solutions, a new paper warns.

They Wanted Desegregation. They Settled for Money, and It’s About to Run Out. | Adam Harris  | Chronicle of Higher Education | 6 April, 2018
After a decades-long court battle, Mississippi’s black universities won a $500-million settlement. But it takes more than money to reckon with the history of segregation in higher education.

Rise in firsts and 2:1s highest among those with lowest A levels | Simon Baker  | Times Higher Education | 5 April, 2018
Data from one of last Hefce reports likely to throw down the gauntlet to new Office for Students on grade inflation