HERDSA Notices 12 February 2020

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* Call for Nominations: HERDSA President
* Academic Development SIG Virtual Cafe Chat on February 28
* Invitation to submit to the Learning Communities Journal on your Social Learning Space activities and research
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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Call for Nominations: HERDSA President

Nominations for the position of HERDSA President are now open. The position of HERDSA President requires a three year commitment. For the first year, beginning at the 2020 conference in July, the successful candidate serves as President-elect. This one-year position enables the full induction of the incoming president into the current practices and systems of the Society before the full role of President is assumed at the conclusion of the 2021 conference. 

The nominee, proposer and seconder MUST be HERDSA members and reside in the Australasian region. Potential candidates are welcome to speak with the current President, Emeritus Professor Denise Chalmers [denise.chalmers@uwa.edu.au] or the HERDSA office manager, office@herdsa.org.au

If more than one nomination is received, an election will be held.

Details on how to nominate are avaialble online at http://www.herdsa.org.au/news/call-nominations-herdsa-president

Please forward to office@herdsa.org.au by March 10, 2020



HERDSA offers grants to HERDSA members to fund research and/or development projects on teaching and learning in higher education that directly align to the mission of HERDSA.   Four (4) grants of AUD$5000 each are available. Priority for one grant will be given to applicants identifying as Indigenous/First Nations (e.g. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Nations).

The call for HERDSA Grant applications will be made in November/December. Applications will close at the end of February. Successful applicants will be informed at the end of April. Grant applicants have one year for projects to be undertaken and completed. Grant final reports are due the following April. Dissemination of project outcomes occur, e.g. presentation at the annual HERDSA conference in July and publication in, e.g. HERDSA Connect, RDHE or the HERD journal.

Information at https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-grants-scheme



HERDSA is seeking tenders from suitably experienced web developers to redevelop the HERDSA website at www.hersda.org.au in line with best practice principles.

The HERDSA website is a key touch point for the Society to communicate and interact with our target audience: higher education leaders, policy makers, teachers, researchers, managers, learning support staff, academic developers, educational researchers and students.

The successful tenderer will be capable of project managing, designing, developing and implementing the proposed specifications with a view to provide a more dynamic website. It is expected that the new website will serve the different membership roles, capture and convert new members, expand interactions with members beyond the HERDSA Annual Conference, and convert these interactions into a deeper engagement with HERDSA activities.

For more information regarding the tender process, please go to https://www.herdsa.org.au/tenders


Academic Development SIG Virtual Cafe Chat on February 28

The Academic Development SIG will hold another Virtual Café Chat on Friday, February 28 from 3:00-4:30 pm New Zealand time (1:00-2:30 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time). By popular demand, the topic of discussion will be “Academic Developer Well-being”. We will discuss ways in which we can maintain our own well-being, as well as that the colleagues we work with, in the hectic pace and increased and changing demands of our jobs. Join us for the meeting on Zoom at https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/5016620529

Erik Brogt, Julie Timmermans, Maxine Mitchell, & Margaret Jollands

Further information: erik.brogt@canterbury.ac.nz


Invitation to submit to the Learning Communities Journal on your Social Learning Space activities and research
Deadline for Volume 12 Submissions: March 1, 2020

We are now welcoming article submissions for current and future volumes of the Learning Communities Journal, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University, USA.

Deadline for Volume 12 Submissions: March 1, 2020 - See the submission guidelines.

For 2020 the editors of the Learning Communities Journal invite manuscripts in a new area, Social Learning Spaces. This cutting-edge topic is in development by Etienne and Bev Wenger-Trayner. Of course, we welcome our traditional topics about learning communities, communities of practice, and faculty and student learning communities. We also encourage colleagues in areas of business and industry to send manuscripts on the topics of learning, practice, and community.

Honorary Associate Professor Jacquie McDonald
Higher Education Community of Practice Consultant
Acquisitions Editor Learning Communities Journal, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University, USA
SLACK Community: Co-researching the facilitation of social learning – by invitation
Email: mcdonalj@usq.edu.au OR

Gregg Wentzell, Managing Editor, Learning Communities Journal, wentzegw@miamioh.edu

Further information: http://celt.miamioh.edu/lcj/


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Analysing the quality of Australian universities’ student anti-bullying policies, Zoe Vaill, Marilyn Campbell & Chrystal Whiteford, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1721440

Migrating selves: reconstructing and renegotiating Black immigrant academic identities, Saloshna Vandeyar, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1719477

All this and more on the Higher Education Research and Development twitter feed at https://twitter.com/HERDJournal and facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HERDJournal