HERDSA Notices 4 March 2020

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* Your last chance to nominate for HERDSA President
* Congratulations to our HERDSA Teaching and Citation award winners
* Higher Education Research & Development, v.39 no. 2 is now available online
* Job vacancies at Murdoch University
* University Assessment, Learning and Teaching: New Research Directions for a Postdigital World

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Your last chance to nominate for 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 your nomination to office@herdsa.org.au by March 10, 2020


Congratulations to our HERDSA Teaching and Citation award winners

Our congratulations to the following HERDSA members who were awarded Australian University Teaching Awards, announced at the Universities Australia conference. Our very warmest congratulations to the following who received an award, and those who were nominated.

Teaching Excellence
Associate Professor Denise Jackson ECU
Dr Kay Colthorpe UQ

Outstanding contributions to student Learning
Assoc Prof Robyn Bentley-Williams - ACU
Adam Bridgeman USYD - National SRES team
Dr Sarah Hattam - UniSA College Pgm Director Team
Dr Susan Blackley Curtin, WA

Dr Christopher Love Griffith University
Ms Sarah-Jane Gregory Griffith

Monash Pharmacology Education Team A/P Elizabeth Taylor
A/P Sylvia Urban, RMIT University


Higher Education Research & Development, v.39 no. 2 is now available online. 

The current issue of Higher Education Research & Development, v.39 no. 2, is now available from the HERDSA website at http://www.herdsa.org.au/higher-education-research-development-vol-39-no-2

Free online access is available to HERDSA members through your member dashboard.


Job vacancies at Murdoch University
Applications close 21 March 2020

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Portfolio at Murdoch University currently have two continuous, full-time positions available
The Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) portfolio supports the University’s Student and Education
Strategic Plan to achieve its strategic goal to provide an outstanding education experience for
every student, leading to its graduates being innovators and fully prepared for their future

Further information: https://www.murdoch.edu.au/about-us/work-at-murdoch/current-vacancies


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/


Subject: Call for Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (JUTLP) Special Issue Proposals
Special Issue Proposals are due by Friday 17th April 2020

The Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (JUTLP) is calling for proposals for 2021 special issues, especially on contemporary themes associated with effective and innovative teaching and learning practice in the higher education environment.

The expectation is that the special issue would be of interest to an international audience. To propose a special issue please download the Special Issue Proposal form from the JUTLP website at http://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/latestnews.html and email the completed Special Issue Proposal form to Dr Alisa Percy at alisa.percy@uts.edu.au


The visual era and the way we teach in that era survey

Good day all,

I’m hoping you’ll participate in a fairly short research survey (my colleague took 16 minutes to complete it). It has institutional ethical approval and is an extension of earlier work that was nationally-based; now I’d like to see what the wider world thinks. The link is here


The subject is the visual era and the way we teach in that era. It acknowledges that our students are embedded in and come to us from the most visual era of human history (Mitchell 2004; Felten 2008; Ingledew 2011); and that all sighted people engage and learn visually through the brain's dual-processing cognitive architecture (Mayer et al 2014; Paivio 2014; MIT 2009).

I’ll be using the anonymised data in peer-reviewed submissions and at conferences.

Thank you very much for reading

David Roberts, SFHEA