HERDSA Notices 11 October 2017

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* Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 36 No. 7 is now available online
* Education-Focused Senior Lecturer in International Relations
* Free online seminar - 26 Oct - Informed Learning: A Narration, with Prof Christine Bruce
* Work Skill Development for WIL and Employability: 3rd Webinar in advance of I-MELT
* University of Melbourne Job Opportunity: Senior Lecturer (Higher Education)
* Embedded Academic Language and Learning; Ways of Being and Ways of Working.
* 2017 EPHEA Conference 20 - 23 November, 2017
* Call For Papers for Threshold Concepts Conference is live!
* Seeking participants - PhD research into benefits of non-conformists in research and scientific organisations
* Invitation to participate in a survey study on assessing rigour in a qualitative study
* Second issue of International Journal for Students as Partners goes live
* Higher Education in the Headlines


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Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 36 No. 7 is now available online

Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 36 No. 7 is now available from the HERDSA website at http://herdsa.org.au/higher-education-research-development-vol-36-no-7

Free online access is available to HERDSA members through your member dashboard.


Education-Focused Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Deadline: 13 October 2017

The School of Social Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia seeks applications for a continuing (tenure-track equivalent) appointment at the rank of Senior Lecturer in international relations, open subfield, education-focused. The successful candidate will work closely with our vibrant and growing Master of International Relations (MIR) program, with the potential to lead the MIR in the future. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach policy-focused core classes in the MIR, including the Advanced Seminar in International Relations and Reading & Writing International Relations.

Candidates should demonstrate teaching excellence, as well as the potential for administrative leadership and pedagogical research. The school has a strong commitment to diversity, broadly defined, and therefore encourages applicants from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. 

Please apply online before the deadline, October 13 (Melbourne time), at http://careers.pageuppeople.com/513/ci/en/job/567136/senior-lecturer-edu...

To learn more about Monash University, the School of Social Sciences, and the Politics/International Relations Section, please visit http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/politics-international-relations/ .

Further information http://careers.pageuppeople.com/513/ci/en/job/567136/senior-lecturer-edu...


Free online seminar - 26 Oct - Informed Learning: A Narration, with Prof Christine Bruce
26 October 2017

In this salon conversation, Christine Bruce, author of Informed Learning, will read the narratives underpinning the book's chapters. The intention is to reveal the narrative thread which reflects a journey of the scholarship of learning and teaching. In the course of that journey, two new academics engage in learning and teaching innovation, securing their own professional development, and creating unexpected opportunities for colleagues and the wider university in the process. Informed learning is a way of thinking about the educational process in terms of using information to learn. Information is often the hidden element in curriculum...present, critical, not always explicitly recognised. Thinking in terms of informed learning provides a language and an approach that highlights the role of information in the learning process, encouraging all members of the learning community to be aware of that role, and benefit from it. The narratives will serve as openers to discussion about the experience of learning and teaching with attention to information environments. 

Further information https://www.usq.edu.au/learning-teaching/USQSalon/2017/bruce


Work Skill Development for WIL and Employability: 3rd Webinar in advance of I-MELT
30 October

Dear colleagues
Join presenters from the Universities of New South Wales and Wollongong in a webinar on ‘Using the Work Skill Development Framework - Examples of Practice’
The Work Skill Development (WSD) Framework, developed By Dr Sue Bandaranaike at James Cook University, has been used since 2009 for WIL contexts as varied as Geography & Engineering, Business and Nursing. This webinar will focus on practical applications of the WSD to make explicit the thinking processes and language used in workplaces and for enhancing student and graduate employment prospects.
This is the third webinar on the series on the various uses of the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (www.melt.edu.au).
Short papers on this theme are available on the I-MELT conference website www.rsd.edu.au/i-melt/papers/ 

Reading the abstracts of these in advance will be a great warm-up for the webinar.

See https://reskidev.wordpress.com/ for discussions on this theme and other MELT themes such as Evidenced Based Decision Making

Date: Friday 20 October, 1 hour
2.30 pm Central Daylight time 
3.00 pm Eastern Daylight time
2.00 pm Eastern Standard time
12.00 noon WA
(+10.30 GMT/Universal time)

URL: https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/933991892

The Zoom platform is web-based and user friendly 
Equipment: A headset is good for speaking quality, but not essential- you may just want to text chat or observe.
Please run a sound-check within Zoom before commencement time. Click on the arrow next to the mic icon, bottom left, choose ‘Audio options’ and click ‘Test computer mic and speakers’.
This is the third webinar in a series to discuss I-MELT themes based on the short papers for presentations before the conference www.i-melt.edu.au

I hope to see you online
John Willison
University of Adelaide

Further information john.willison@adelaide.edu.au


University of Melbourne Job Opportunity: Senior Lecturer (Higher Education)
5 November

The Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education is currently advertising a continuing Senior Lecturer (Level C) position. The person in this role will be an active researcher in an area that is a focus of the Centre, support the professional development of University staff through the Centre's suite of programs and resources, and contribute to the activities of the Centre across the University.

The details of the role including a position description (#0044146) can be found from the University of Melbourne’s HR website.



Embedded Academic Language and Learning; Ways of Being and Ways of Working.
10 November

This forum aims to provide the impetus for institutions to understand and explore ways of being and working within the expanding field of faculty embedded academic language and learning support and to open a space for understanding how the conceptual framing of course mapping informs the application of pedagogy and practice. Developing sound practice accordant with the requirements of accreditation is critical to providing high quality learning experiences for students as they develop disciplinary specific academic and professional skills.

Guest Speakers:

Associate Professor Mark Freeman (University of Sydney)
Dr Venkat Yamamandram (University of Wollongong)

Further information and webform registration is online at:



2017 EPHEA Conference 20 - 23 November, 2017
Register by November 12 2017

The Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 EPHEA Conference will be hosted in Queensland by Griffith University. Join us from Monday 20 November to Thursday 23 November, 2017

The theme for EPHEA is Re-imagining equity: now and in the future. It's 30 years since the first EPHEA conference and a good time to reflect and consider where equity is now and where it will be in the future.

Fantastic keynote speakers covering key areas such as disability, widening participation, gender equity, and human rights will feature. Special interest groups and workshops will challenge participants and spark new thinking; and parallel sessions covering the gamut of staff and student equity will showcase innovation. 

Registrations are due by 12 November, 2017.

Further information www.ephea2017.org


Call For Papers for Threshold Concepts Conference is live!
1 December

Dear All,

Please share that the CFP for the 2018 Threshold Concepts Conference is now open. The proposal system is live and will accept submissions until December 1.


Please note that conference costs and hotel information is all listed on the website. We will open registration most likely end of December or early January.


Elizabeth Wardle
Howe Professor, English Department
Director, Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE)
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio


Seeking participants - PhD research into benefits of non-conformists in research and scientific organisations

Dear Colleagues,

I am a PhD candidate at the UQ Business School looking for interview participants. My research explores non-conformists in organisations and their potential to positively influence creative and innovative transformational change of organisations (Ethics approval number: 158053). My research field is limited to Australian research and scientific organisations (eg: universities, institutes and research centres) and may also include people that have previously worked in this field. 

I’m am seeking participants for my research in the following categories:

Group A - People who are pioneers/game-changers whilst not conforming to organisational norms. Those people who are boundary pushers and do not see rules as barriers to achieving success, and are seen (mostly) positively in the organisation. Participation would involve a 60-90min interview (face-to-face or via Skype/teleconference). 

Group B - People who observe Group A in action - eg: supervisors, staff or colleagues of these types of people (currently or in the past). People who can provide some insight into Group A’s approach/behaviours at work and how they manage to successfully navigate the ‘system', whilst not conforming to it. Participation will involve a 30-40min interview or completion of a short answer questionnaire. Note: The person you discuss does not have to be a participant of this research.

To give you an idea of the level of engagement so far, the following types of people have already participated in this research:
Vice Chancellors, Provosts, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice Chancellors, Executive Deans, Executive Directors, Heads of School, General Managers, Directors, Heads of Research Unit, Senior Scientists, Project Leads (Research), Senior Research Officers, Researchers, Senior Academics, Executive Officers, Executive Managers, School Managers, Associate Directors, Project Managers, Project Coordinators

If you are interested in participating, know someone who might be, or have any questions regarding this research please contact me via email - r.jordan@business.uq.edu.au.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Ree Jordan
PhD Candidate 
University of Queensland Business School

Further information r.jordan@business.uq.edu.au


Invitation to participate in a survey study on assessing rigour in a qualitative study

In recent years the quality of qualitative research findings has come under constant criticism. Critiques emphasised the need to maintain rigour in qualitative research; to show clarity in describing the process employed in undertaking research (e.g. framing the research problem, design of the study, data collection, data analysis and reporting). This study explores factors associated with rigour in a qualitative research study and to identify strategies needed to support them.

This study is part of a research programme looking at various ways to support the pedagogy of research methods. We appreciate your participation. Your responses will be anonymous. We will not identify any individual or any particular institution in any way. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Providing information through this online survey is taken as an indication of voluntary consent to participate.

To participate please click on this link: http://hedc.otago.ac.nz/forms/form/5UlQ4kqxFL8

Any enquiries may be addressed to:

Dr Ben Daniel
Senior Lecturer
Coordinator (Educational Technology)
Higher Education Development Centre
University of Otago
65-75 Union Place West
Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 479 5362 Email: ben.daniel@otago.ac.nz


Second issue of International Journal for Students as Partners goes live

We are delighted to let you know that the second issue of the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) is available from https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap/issue/view/318

The journal, which is hosted by McMaster University Library Press, is co-edited by students and staff/ faculty from Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US. 

In Issue 2 you will find an editorial, 2 opinion pieces, 4 research articles, 3 reflective essays, 3 case studies, and a book review. Together these contributions have been written by 15 students and 17 staff/faculty from 7 different countries.

If you enjoy this issue we hope you will support the journal in a variety of ways including:
a) Writing for the journal in any of the genres we publish. Please contact us with your ideas. We encourage you to send us (ijsap@mcmaster.ca) your proposals for articles, case studies, or reflective pieces before you submit them.
b) Reviewing for IJSaP. We will provide training for inexperienced reviewers. If you are interested, please complete the reviewer expression of interest form.
c) Telling others about the journal and contributions that you find particularly interesting. E.g. Twitter: @InterJournalSaP.
d) Checking that your library lists IJSaP in their catalogue and knowing it is freely available from https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap.

We welcome hearing your views about the journal. Please send us an email (ijsap@mcmaster.ca).

Anthony Cliffe, Alison Cook-Sather, Rachel Guitman, Mick Healey, Ruth Healey, Beth Marquis, Kelly Matthews, Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, Anita Ntem, and Cherie Woolmer, the IJSaP Editorial Board

Further information https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap/


Higher Education in the Headlines

Languages face funding hit | BERNARD LANE | Australian Higher Education | 11 October, 2017
Scholars have warned that the government is stumbling towards a language deskilling of the professional elites.

One University Takes On the Opioid Crisis | Beth McMurtrie | Chronicle of Higher Education | 6 October, 2017
In West Virginia, confronting the epidemic is a moral obligation and a practical necessity.

PM May announces ‘major review’ of English university funding | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 5 October, 2017
Conference speech raises questions about future of £9,250 fees system and shows impact of Labour policy