HERDSA Notices 20 July 2016

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* HERDSA NEWS Reader Survey
* Learning Communities Journal special issue
* Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity: Student Partnerships 
* Victorian Launch of FLIPCurric
* Transforming Assessment Webinar next session 4 Aug
* Vonwiller STEM Postdoctoral Research Fellow
* Job: Professor and Director, Advancment of Learning and Teaching, USQ 
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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HERDSA NEWS Reader Survey

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Learning Communities Journal special issue

The Hong Kong Branch of HERDSA is proud to announce the special online-only issue of the Learning Communities Journal includes noteworthy contributions from Hong Kong branch members providing an international perspective and application of the faculty learning communities model in a different culture. The special issue is available free at the following link: http://celt.miamioh.edu/lcj/issue.php?v=8&n=2


Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity: Student Partnerships 

McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning

The McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL) invites applications for a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellow appointment, to begin 1 September 2016. The appointee will contribute to developing and supporting a program of teaching and learning research at MIIETL, working in partnership with a range of teaching and learning scholars at the institute and across campus.

The fellow will be responsible for:
1. Contributing to the development of MIIETL’s research and development activities focused on student-faculty/staff partnerships
2. Writing applications for funding to support research projects in this area
3. Designing, conducting and disseminating such research
4. Participating in the development of an international journal focused on students as partners, and helping to manage the operations of that journal
5. Supporting faculty, staff, and students engaging in student-faculty/staff partnerships in teaching and learning 

Read full job description here: https://careers.mcmaster.ca/psp/prepprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP...

Apply by 29 July 2016 will be assured of full consideration.

Questions to Beth Marquis on beth.marquis@mcmaster.ca


Victorian Launch of FLIPCurric    

Assuring the quality of achievement standards and their valid assessment in Australian Higher Education""

The launch will be:
Held at:    Victoria University City Convention Centre Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne 
From:    9:00am to 12:00pm
On:        Thursday 4th August, 2016
Register:    https://geoffscottlaunch.splashthat.com/  
Contact:     LTPD@vu.edu.au


Transforming Assessment Webinar next session 4 Aug

1. Next session ""Video feedback - targeted and personal"" 4 Aug

This online session will explore how video can be used to provide personalised feedback for students that targets key areas for future improvement while doing so in a manner that is workload efficient. Audience interaction and discussion is encouraged.

Further information and register:

2. Recording released for ""Keys to transforming assessment at institutional level: selected debates from AHE2016"" 13 July

This webinar was a follow up panel review featuring three speakers from the 'Assessment in Higher Education' conference secretariat seminar day held on 30 June 2016. The panel will be chaired by Sally Jordan (Open University UK) with speakers including:
* Sally Brown (Leeds Beckett University) & Kay Sambell (Northumbria University): 'Changing practice on feedback at an institutional level'
* Amanda Sykes (University of Glasgow) & David Morrison (Plymouth University): 'Half as Much but Twice as Good: Constructing Effective Written Feedback in Any Subject'
* Juliet Williams (University of Winchester): 'Changing colours: what happens when you make enhancement an imperative?'.

View the recording via http://ta.vu/13J2016"    


Vonwiller STEM Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty of Education and Social Work, the University of Sydney

Reference no. 1055/0616

  • Perform high-level research activities for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Enrichment Academy in a Vonwiller Foundation-funded position
  • Develop your academic career in one of Australia’s top faculties
  • Part-time (0.8FTE), 2 year fixed term role, $83k - $89k p.a. which includes salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation


For further information, contact Assoc. Prof. Judy Anderson – judy.anderson@sydney.edu.au


Job: Professor and Director, Advancment of Learning and Teaching, USQ 

USQ is looking for a Professor and Director, Advancement of Learning and Teaching (ALT). 

The Director will provide strategic direction, leadership and innovative management of the ALT. As an expert in higher education learning and teaching, the Director will provide strategic and operational leadership in the design, development and implementation of a wide variety of initiatives aimed at advancing the quality of teaching and student learning experiences and outcomes at USQ. Through strong working relationships the Director will foster a University culture of innovation and capacity building and create a dynamic, responsive and collaborative service culture with the ALT. The incumbent must be an exceptional communicator and relationship builder. This position will suit a senior academic who possesses strong visionary, strategic and collegial management and leadership skills, with the ability to initiate, lead and manage change projects contributing to a high performance learning and teaching culture. This is an executive appointment. 



Higher Education in the Headlines

Lax leadership missed market | JULIE HARE | Australian Higher Eduction | 20 July, 2016
Variability in universities’ reponses to the demand-driven system are due to quality of leadership, a study claims.

Theresa May: will she crush or renew hopes on overseas students? | John Morgan | Times Higher Eduction | 11 July, 2016
In Home Office and shadow education brief, Ms May has long history with higher education