HERDSA Notices 27 November 2019

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* Career opportunity: Head, Digital Learning Transformations at James Cook University
* Career opportunity: Educational Designers (x6) at James Cook University
* Call for two SoTL chapters
* Job - Director, Open Access College, University of Southern Queensland
* ICED 2020 conference - second call for submissions
* Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Conference (PHEC): Universities under Siege?
* International Conference on Higher Education - Curriculum for Discovery and Innovation
* Call for Papers: Special issue- Doctoral Education in Business and Management
* Survey investigating the current state of Open Educational Resource (OER) repositories and use within Australian higher education institutions
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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Career opportunity: Head, Digital Learning Transformations at James Cook University
Closing date 1 December 2019

The Head, Digital Learning Transformations plays a key strategic role in digital learning and innovation at the University and leads the design, implementation, training and ongoing refinement of JCU’s approach to digital learning, blended learning and technology integration across the university.

Further information: https://www.jcu.edu.au/careers-at-jcu


Career opportunity: Educational Designers (x6) at James Cook University
Closing date of 1 December 2019

Educational Designers provide support and high-level expertise to academic staff to co-design and co-develop curriculum and assessment, advise on the integration of various learning technologies to facilitate effective and engaging digital learning, and contribute to the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Further information: https://www.jcu.edu.au/careers-at-jcu


Call for two SoTL chapters
15 December 2019 and 1 April 2020

Opportunity to contribute to a book under contract with Stylus Publishing to feature innovative, forward-thinking, field-amplifying work that guides SoTL in its potential for reaching “the public.” The detailed call for proposals for two key chapters in "SoTL as Public Scholarship" is at the URL below.

Further information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w3pMzMfOnwhegelxW9ja6-JQj2ohcyOmXs0F...


Job - Director, Open Access College, University of Southern Queensland
5 January 2020

With a new strategic plan currently under development, the University is embarking on an exciting period of renewal and we are seeking an inspiring and visionary academic to join USQ and lead the Open Access College. Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), the Director (Open Access College) will play a key role in setting a bold strategy for the College and positioning USQ as a leader in preparatory education both nationally and globally.

Together with a team of academic and professional staff, you will build a strong collegial culture based on University values, and ensure the delivery of a suite of contemporary academic programs and practical, high-quality research outcomes. With significant experience in the area of widening participating and enabling education, you will ensure the College delivers strategies and activities that that improve student attraction, retention and graduate outcomes, while contributing to the national agenda for equity and access in higher education.

Your ability to articulate a compelling vision for foundational and preparatory education, foster productive relationships with key educators and professional bodies, along with the capacity to engage comprehensively with Schools, Faculties and Divisions will ensure your success in this highly rewarding role. Additionally, you will have an exceptional track record in teaching and research and a comprehensive knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of a regional university with a diverse student portfolio and strong online student presence.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an agile and innovative university during a time of growth and help shape the future of student-focused learning and teaching.

This role will be based in Toowoomba and an attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Further information: https://tinyurl.com/rm46yxq


ICED 2020 conference - secondcall for submissions
3rd February 2020

We are the organisers of the next ICED conference, ICED 2020, to be held in Zurich, Switzerland from 15-18 June 2020. The theme of the conference is “The Future-Ready Graduate”. For information see http://iced2020.ch/.

We received many wonderful responses to the First Call for submissions. Acceptance/rejection (First Call) will be announced to submitters on 13 December 2019.

Those who missed the First Call now have another chance to submit, we are happy to announce that the SECOND CALL is now open. The Second Call will close on 3 February 2020.

As in the First Call, we look forward to receiving abstract submissions for one of the following presentation formats:
• Presentations for parallel sessions (30 minutes)
• Workshops (90 minutes)
• Panel discussions (90 minutes)
• Posters
• New!: Digital presentations (20 minutes)

For conference sub-themes, further information on the submission process and the submission link please see http://iced2020.ch/call/ .


Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Conference (PHEC): Universities under Siege?
28 February: Deadline for submission of abstracts. 19-20 October: The conference 2020 takes place in Uppsala, Sweden

"The crisis of the university" is a familiar topos in contemporary discussions about higher education. It is said that the University is facing untold threats from, inter alia, the anti-intellectualism of populist politicians and authoritarian regimes, the commodification of knowledge resulting from neo-liberal ideas about utility and international competition, the politicization of teaching and learning arising out of identity movements, the fragmenting of the university in response to stakeholder demands, and so forth.
This conference poses the question: Is this really the case? And, if so, what exactly is being threatened? The aim of the meeting is to take a serious look at what is ultimately at stake, among other things, by examining the roots of these developments in terms of our conceptions of what is useful knowledge, why it is desirable and what is required to establish, maintain and develop it through our institutions of higher education.

Further information: https://www.humsam.uu.se/phec2020


Conference Name: International Conference on Higher Education - Curriculum for Discovery and Innovation 
Date: 16 May, 2020 
Country: HKSAR, China 
Organization: City University of Hong Kong  
Venue: Floor 19, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong 
Type of Conference: Higher Education 
Conference website: https://ichecityu2020.org/ 
Contact email: cityu.duechan@gmail.com / wmc.raymond@cityu.edu.hk 


Call for Papers: Special issue- Doctoral Education in Business and Management
27th November 2020

International Journal of Management Education (IJME) welcomes papers on any aspect of doctoral education in the business/ management subject area. Submissions from any geographical setting will be considered. Submissions may include empirical research studies, reviews, research-informed critiques of practice or conceptual approaches. Papers adopting qualitative, quantitative or mixed method approaches will be considered. Studies may be considered in an institutional, regional, national and/or international context, and papers from diverse global regional contexts are encouraged.

Submission Guidelines
The deadline for submissions is 27th November 2020 and should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system available through the journal homepage:
choosing “Doctoral Education” as the article type from the drop down menu.
All papers should follow the guidelines outlined by the journal for submission: http://www.elsevier.com/journals/the-international-journal-of-management...
For guidance, the expected word count is 6,000-7,000 words.

Further information/expressions of interest
Additional information can be obtained from, or expressions of interest can be sent to:
Dr Jonathan Lean – Email: jonathan.lean@plymouth.ac.uk


Survey investigating the current state of Open Educational Resource (OER) repositories and use within Australian higher education institutions.

This research is being conducted as part of a joint German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funded project (EduArc), by the University of Oldenburg (Center for Open Education Research), the University of Duisburg-Essen, the German Insitute for International Educational Research (DIPF) and the Leibniz Information Center for Economics (ZBW). In order to develop infrastructure that is internationally comparable, a number of comparative country studies are being undertaken by members of the Center for Open Education Research, including the present research on Australia (Ethics approval: Drs.EK/2019/068). 

The major aims of this project are:

  • to undertake an investigation of OER infrastructure, quality, policy and change agents within Australian higher education.
  • to investigate Australian higher education educators' OER understanding, use and professional development.

Further information about the study is available in the attached abstract, which is for a presentation at the upcomingStrategies Beyond Borders conference in Berlin.

All surveys are anonymised and all answers are confidential. There are 32 questions and it will take participants approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Some of the questions have been adopted (or adapted) from previous OER studies, to allow for comparison. Please note: all research results and data will be published under open license CC BY 4.0, and will be made accessible via Mendeley Data.

The link to the survey is: https://www.survey.uni-oldenburg.de/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=878567&lang=en 

Alternatively, a shorter version of the survey (with more focus on the level of teaching and learning) is available here:https://www.survey.uni-oldenburg.de/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=574986&lang=en


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Evaluating the impact of reflecting on curriculum-embedded skill development: the experience of science undergraduates, Michelle A. Hill, Tina L. Overton & Christopher D. Thompson, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1690432

Mentoring and sponsorship in higher education institutions: men’s invisible advantage in STEM? Pat O’Connor, Clare O’Hagan, Eva Sophia Myers, Liv Baisner, Georgi Apostolov, Irina Topuzova, Gulsun Saglamer, Mine G. Tan & Hulya Caglayan, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1686468

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