HERDSA Notices 26 February 2020

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* Call for Nominations: HERDSA President
* Announcement of HERDSA Grants Scheme: Final Call for Grant Proposals
* Submission extension- FLANZ 2020
* IEAA Call for researchers: impact of cohort mix on student experience and educational outcomes
* Reminder Academic Developers survey
* University Assessment, Learning and Teaching: New Research Directions for a Postdigital World
* Job vacancy: NCSEHE Senior Research Fellow
* 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


Announcement of HERDSA Grants Scheme: Final Call for Grant Proposals
29 February 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 is made in November/December. Applications close at the end of February. Successful applicants will be announced by the end of April. Grant applicants have one year to complete the project. Final Grant Project reports will be due by the end of April 2021. Project grant holders are expected to present their findings at the first HERDSA Conference (June/July) following completion of the project and publication in, e.g. HERDSA Connect, RDHE or the HERD journal.

For more information about the Grants Scheme (Timeline, Eligibility, Expectations, Grant Funds Guide, Application and Assessment Process, Application Form and Templates) see the HERDSA website: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-grants-scheme
The link to the 2020 ‘Grant Application Form’ and other templates are available on this page.

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-grants-scheme


Submission extension- FLANZ 2020
Sunday 01 March 2020

Thank you to those who have already made their submission to FLANZ 2020.

Help us to shape the FLANZ 2020 conference. We still have a few spaces for Practice Papers and Posters in our program. The submission process is straight forward. Don't hesitate, share your practice with your peers.

We have extended the submission date until Sunday 01 March 2020.  Please note that there will be no further extensions.

If you have any questions or if we can help you in any way, please contact nicky@eventit.co.nz.


IEAA Call for researchers: impact of cohort mix on student experience and educational outcomes
Sunday 1 March 2020

IEAA is seeking expressions of interest from researchers to produce a digest on the impact of cohort mix on student experience and educational outcomes.

As international student numbers grow, IEAA is keen to support evidence-based decision-making by education providers and regulatory agencies concerning optimal proportions of international and domestic students.

The digest will identify what research has been undertaken, describe what student characteristics were considered, how the student experience was understood and how educational outcomes were measured.

It should synthesise key findings from these studies, if possible, and make recommendations as to the type of future research that would best inform institutional strategy.

IEAA research digests are designed to better inform policy, practice and future research. Each digest provides a synthesis of existing research on a topic of significance to the sector, drawing on Australian and international literature.

IEAA can offer authors a small honorarium of AUD$1,000 for this piece.

Further information: https://www.ieaa.org.au/news/call-for-researchers-impact-of-cohort-mix-o...


Reminder Academic Developers survey
15 March 2020

Dear colleagues,

We invite you to participate in a study of educational developers around the world.
The short, anonymous survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
If you are willing to participate, please click on the following link to complete the online consent form and access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/eddev2020

The survey remains open until 23:59 (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday 15 March 2020.
Further details about the survey are given at the end of this message. We hope to present our initial findings at ICED 2020 in Zürich.

Thanks for giving this your consideration.

Best regards,
David A Green, PhD | Seattle University, WA, USA
Deandra Little, PhD | Elon University, NC, USA

EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (also known as academic or faculty development) is work focused on supporting university teachers to improve the quality of academic practice in higher education. This work might include improving learning and teaching, research practice, e-learning, academic leadership skills, organizational change, or other related areas.

We aim to identify ways in which the field of educational development and work as educational developers has changed since our previous survey in 2014, and to see what emerging or recurring issues ICED may wish to focus on in the coming years.

Ethics approval:
This study has been exempted by Seattle University’s Institutional Review Board. Full information is provided in the online consent form.

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/eddev2020

Further information: Deandra Little (dlittle@elon.edu)


University Assessment, Learning and Teaching: New Research Directions for a Postdigital World
Call for papers closes 23 March

To mark our fifth anniversary, Deakin University’s Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) is hosting a higher education research conference from 19 to 20 October 2020 in Melbourne. The conference aims to provide a focused forum for higher education research as a discipline. Cutting-edge conversations will centre around rigorous, high-quality conceptual and theoretical contributions exploring the future of higher education research in a postdigital age. Our keynote speakers are Professor Monika Nerland (University of Oslo) and Associate Professor Alyssa Wise (NYU).
We are calling for papers from researchers interested in conceptual, theoretical and empirical explorations of higher education in a postdigital world, aligned with CRADLE’s core themes:
• assessing for learning
• learning in a digital world
• learning through, and for, work.
We are particularly interested in research that advances theoretical, conceptual and methodological understandings. Categories: research papers, symposia, and rapid orals. See https://www.cradleconference2020.org/ for more details.

Further information: http://www.cradleconference2020.org/


Job vacancy: NCSEHE Senior Research Fellow
Applications close 23 March 2020

We have an exciting opportunity for a collaborative, self-motivated Senior Research Fellow to join the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University on a fixed-term basis.

You will have an excellent track record in publication and conducting high-level research within the higher education equity field, this experience will include a comprehensive knowledge of Australian equity issues, an ability to translate equity related research into polices and practice as well as research project management skills.

You will be prepared to mentor early career researchers, contribute to research publications/other outputs and provide PhD supervision whilst undertaking nationally and internationally competitive research.

We can offer you a cohesive and high-functioning team, with clear objectives and goals in relation to higher education equity research, policy and practice.

This role may be offered at an ALB or ALC level, depending on experience.

Further information: https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/job-vacancy-ncsehe-senior-research-fellow/


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Doctoral publishing and academic identity work: two cases, Linlin Xu & Barbara Grant, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1728522

‘I see myself as undeveloped’: supporting Indigenous first-in-family males in the transition to higher education, Garth Stahl, Sarah McDonald & Jennifer Stokes, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1728521

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