HERDSA Notices 21 July 2021

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* Introducing the new HERDSA Executive for 2021-2023
* HERDSA Grants Scheme 2021
* Recorded presentation: Lydia Woodyatt on ‘Mental wellbeing for equity practitioners and university staff’
* New research: Accessible university pathways empower women in STEM
* New research: Inclusive university pathways engage military veterans’ strengths
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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Introducing the new HERDSA Executive for 2021-2023.  

Full bios for the new Executive can be found on ABOUT HERDSA on the HERDSA website.

HERDSA President
Professor Kogi Naidoo - Institute of Health and Management, VIC

HERDSA Vice-President
A/Professor Deb Clarke – Networks Porfolio and SoTL modules
Charles Sturt University, NSW

HERDSA Treasurer and Conference Liaison
Dr Elizabeth Levin – Swinburne University of Technology, VIC

Professor Raj Shekhawat – Awards Grants and Prizes Portfolio
Flinders University Adelaide, SA

A/Professor Eva Heinrich –  ASRHE Journal and Awards Grants and Prizes Portfolio
Massey University, New Zealand

Dr Kwong Nui Sim, Networks Portfolio (HERDSA Events including online)
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Dr Katrina Strampel – Professional Learning Portfolio and HERDSA Fellowships
Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

A/Professor Julia Choate – Networks (Branches) Portfolio,
Monash University – Victoria

Professor Christy Collis – Networks (SIGS) Portfolio
University of Southern Queensland, Queensland

Dr Wendy Green – HERD Editor and Publications Portfolio
University of Tasmania, Tasmania

Ms Laurine Hurley – 2022 HERDSA Conference Convenor
Australian Catholic University, Victoria

Dr Manisha Thakker – Web/Communications
Endeavour College of Natural Health, Victoria  
HERDSA Grants Scheme 2021

Since 2020, HERDSA has been offering 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.

HERDSA works to:
• Advance educational policy and practice in the higher education and
tertiary sector,
• Facilitate and promote the enhancement of teaching and learning,
• Encourage and disseminate research on higher education and tertiary
teaching, learning, development, research, leadership, and policy matters,
• Recognise and reward outstanding contributions to higher and tertiary
• Encourage collaboration and the development of professional communities
in higher and tertiary education, and
• Assist its members in their ongoing professional development.

Five (5) grants of AUD$5000 each are available. Priority for one grant is given to applicants identifying as Indigenous/First Nations (e.g.,
Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, or Pacific Nations).

A total of 12 grant applications were received in this round. Following a rigorous review and assessment process, the HERDSA Executive in April this year approved six grants to the following HERDSA members:

Dr Christine Slade (Project Leader) University of Queensland, Dr Guy Curtis,
University of Western Australia and Sheona Thomson, QUT.
Title of Project: Time poor, strategic or vulnerable? Understanding how and why students use online ‘buy, sell or trade’ file-sharing/tutoring services and the ethical impacts for tertiary institutions.
Project Focus: This project investigates how students use file-sharing ‘buy, sell or trade’ online services, and their motivation in undertaking these transactional practices.

Dr Prue Gonzalez (Project Leader) Charles Sturt University
Title of Project: Early Assessment Practices in First Year University
Project Focus: With the increasing diversity in the first-year cohort in universities globally, emphasis has been placed on using early low-stakes assessment tasks to transition students into academia and improve retention rates. This project will result in a Typology of Early Assessment Tasks and associated Principles of Good Practice.

Dr Elise Bone (Project Leader) The University of Melbourne
Title of Project: Disruption as a catalyst for change? Perceptions and approaches of teaching academics during COVID-19.
Project Focus: This project aims to examine the impact on teaching and learning of the COVID-19 pandemic at a large, research-intensive Australian university through analysing teaching staff perceptions of teaching and learning context, their responding approaches to curriculum design and relevant contextual factors.

Associate Professor Eva Heinrich (Project Leader) Massey University
Title of Project: The role of semi-formal online environments for student engagement
Project Focus: The focus of the research project is to understand why Discord ‘works’ for our students and how (if at all) this translates to the Teams environment. While the specific tools (Discord and Teams) play a role, the research focus is on the underlying characteristics and principles.

Dr Tracy Zhou (Project Leader) The University of Hong Kong
Title of Project: Engaging Faculty in Internationalization of the Curriculum in the Post-pandemic Era
Project Focus: The focus of this project is the curation and evaluation of existing resources and tools used by those who support faculty members and teaching teams to internationalize curricula in Australia, but also in other parts of the world.

Professor Ruth Bridgstock (Project Leader) Griffith University 
Title of Project: Leading the future of learning & teaching in higher education: Senior leadership perspectives on change
Project Focus: This research project seeks to explore the perspectives of senior leaders in universities with respect to navigating the current time of change and taking strategic action towards creating the future of higher education learning and teaching in Australia.

The call for HERDSA Grant applications was made in November 2020.
Applications closed on 28th February 2021 and successful applicants were informed at the end of April 2021. The grant’s applicants have one year for projects to be undertaken and completed. Grant final reports are due in April 2022. Dissemination of project outcomes occur in, e.g., presentation at the annual HERDSA conference in July and publication in, e.g., HERDSA Connect, RDHE, the HERD journal or ASHRE journal. Successful grant recipients are usually announced at the annual HERDSA conference (June/July) and are listed on the HERDSA website.

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-grants-scheme
Recorded presentation: Lydia Woodyatt on ‘Mental wellbeing for equity practitioners and university staff’

On 9 July 2021, the NCSEHE and Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) WA hosted a special presentation by Associate Professor Lydia Woodyatt.

For this event, Lydia addressed the particular challenges facing equity practitioners and university staff during COVID-19, and identified proactive measures to support ongoing mental wellbeing.

Further information: https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/lydia-woodyatt-mental-wellbeing-university-staff/
New research: Accessible university pathways empower women in STEM

The strong academic performance of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees could be better reflected in career outcomes by addressing access and post-graduation barriers, ACER reports.

New research, led by Dr Julie McMillan and funded by the NCSEHE, has found women commonly outperformed their peers in STEM subjects but were among other equity groups requiring targeted interventions during the transitions into, and out of, university 

Further information: https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/research-accessible-university-pathways-women-...
New research: Inclusive university pathways engage military veterans’ strengths

Australian universities increasingly recognise the unique qualities and needs of student veterans, but more can be done to facilitate this pathway back to civilian life, new Flinders University research has shown.

The project team, funded by the NCSEHE and led by Associate Professor Ben Wadham, recommends an inclusive “whole-of-system approach” to managing the transition from the military to university.

Further information: https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/inclusive-university-pathways-military-veterans/
New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Student work: a re-conceptualization based on prior research on student workload and Newtonian concepts around physical work, Marcel D’Eon & Maryam Yasinian, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1945543

What student support practitioners know about non-traditional students: a practice-based approach, Adi Sapir, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1946015

How does family background influence students’ choice of subjects for the National College Entrance Examination? Fang Fang, Brian McCall & Binglin Zhong, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1945544