HERDSA Notices 13 July 2016

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* Position Vacant: Manager, Policy Development (Learning, Teaching and Curriculum)
* Two flexible Learning Design positions available at FedUni
* ASCILITE 2016 conference registration now open
* UQ to host science and maths education conference
* Invitation to complete online survey on evaluating academic research strengths
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Manager, Policy Development (Learning, Teaching and Curriculum)     
2 year fixed-term, full-time position
Level H0809  $90k-$109k plus 9.5% employer superannuation contributions
Ref: 1841A01/201649

The Office of Curriculum and Academic Policy supports the development of strategy, policy and procedures in relation to learning, teaching and curriculum across the University. We are currently engaged in a project, ‘Curriculum@Murdoch’, which has been established to review and redesign the policy framework and business processes which support Academic Schools in the design, maintenance, management and monitoring of curriculum.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced policy writer to help us with the challenge of developing effective and contemporary legislation, regulations, policies and procedures relating to learning, teaching and curriculum. The role will require your expertise and experience to consult across the University to develop policies and procedures which reflect the strategic goals of the University as well as the external regulatory framework.

This position will, in the first instance, focus on the policy review and development required to support the Curriculum@Murdoch project, working as part of a small and enthusiastic project team.  

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated capacity to conceptualise, develop and review policy at a whole of University level as well as significant high level experience in policy writing and implementation planning.

For further information about this position, contact s.ritchie@murdoch.edu.au.  From 21 July, please contact Mr Paul Comiskey, Associate Director Curriculum on +61 8 9360 7812 or at p.comiskey@murdoch.edu.au.


Two flexible Learning Design positions available at FedUni

FedUni has two exciting vacancies for appropriately qualified Learning Designers. These are fixed term contracts until December 31 2020.

The positions have the option of being offered full-time or part-time and can be based at either the Mt Helen (Ballarat) or Gippsland (Churchill) Campuses. Please visit the link below for further information:



ASCILITE 2016 conference registration now open

The ASCILITE 2016 conference organizing committee are pleased to announce that conference registrations are now open.  This year the organizers at the University of South Australia are offering great Early Bird rates for the conference on 28 - 30 November so do register early to take advantage of them. You can register now at http://2016conference.ascilite.org/registration/

Also the Call for Papers is still open but closes very soon on 25 July.  
You can submit papers at http://2016conference.ascilite.org/submissions/


UQ to host science and maths education conference

Registrations are now open for this year’s Australian conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) to be held at The University of Queensland for the first time on 28-30 September.

Conference chair Associate Professor Susan Rowland said more than 120 papers and posters have been submitted, as academics are keen to share their strategies and techniques for success in this challenging field. This is the 22nd year of the national conference, which this year has the theme: “The 21st Century Science Graduate”.

The conference will pose the questions: What is the place of our science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates in the world, and how do we prepare them?

Sub-themes include networking and collaboration, technology-enhanced learning, digital literacy, industry engagement, community engagement, work integrated learning (WIL), transferable skills, employability, and communication in science and mathematics.

Associate Professor Rowland said the conference presented a good opportunity to hear from experts in this field, including nationally recognised Office of Learning and Teaching Fellows and national award winners. 

Keynote speakers include Daniel Southam of Curtin University, Peter Ellerton of The University of Queensland’s Critical Thinking Project, Jackie Randles of Inspiring Australia, Ruth Bridgstock, of Queensland University of Technology and Toss Gascoigne, of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network.

The closing date for earlybird registration discount is Friday 5th August. For further information visit http://sydney.edu.au/iisme/conference/2016/index.shtml or contact Steph Beames at askACSME@gmail.com


Invitation to complete online survey on evaluating academic research strengths

Dear Fellow Academic Researcher,

I'm sure you're aware that most research institutions around the world are evaluated on their research strengths. Such evaluations are important not only because they are a representation of the strengths of our respective research institutions, but also because they help to reveal areas within our research institutions that require improvement.

Unfortunately some universities might take advantage of the loopholes in these evaluation systems and may thus obscure the true nature of their research strengths.

Together with my PhD student we are conducting a short online survey (5-10 minutes) about how we as academics might perceive and respond to such practices by universities. 

If you could take the time to click on the link to this 5-10 minute online survey your help would be much appreciated. The survey is completely anonymous.

Please feel free to forward the email to colleagues and co-workers.

Kind regards,

Michael Wenzel
Associate Professor of Psychology (Flinders University)
Web: http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/michael.wenzel


Higher Education in the Headlines

Call for undergrad exit points | DARRAGH O’KEEFFE | Australian Higher Eduction | 13 July, 2016
Australian universities should offer more undergraduate courses with early exit pathways, say experts.

How to Diversify the Faculty | Beth McMurtrie |  | Chronicle of Higher Eduction | 08 July, 2016
How one university is changing a sink-or-swim culture to broaden the appeal of a Ph.D.

Brexit: growing numbers of UK academics face EU funding worries | David Matthews & John Morgan | Times Higher Eduction | 05 July, 2016
Survey also finds cases of foreign scientists opting against taking up UK jobs