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FLINDERS UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC PROFILE:

ASSOCIATE LECTURER (ACADEMIC LEVEL A)
(APPROVED: December 2010)
FLINDERS UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC PROFILE: LECTURER (ACADEMIC LEVEL B)
(APPROVED: November 2011)


Qualifications

The entry qualifications of an Associate Lecturer vary greatly, ranging from those who have completed an honours degree to those who have completed a PhD or EdD degree and possess extensive experience. This means that within the Level A category, there are at least two levels of duties and expectations of performance based on the qualifications, skills and experience of the staff member.
Variations to this requirement in particular Schools are as follows:




Qualifications

Appointment or promotion to a Lecturer position would normally require completion of a research higher degree, and where this not a PhD or EdD, at least substantial progress toward a doctoral degree.

Variations to this requirement in particular Schools are as follows:







School of Education: Appointment or promotion to a Lecturer position would require holding or working towards a higher degree in Education or allied discipline.





Flinders Business School: Normally requires a higher degree in a business related discipline.


School of Humanities: For staff whose responsibilities are principally concerned with professional practice or creative arts, evidence of independent or professional work which has recognised professional standing and can be considered equivalent may be an acceptable alternative to a research higher degree.





School of Humanities: For staff whose responsibilities are principally concerned with professional practice or creative arts, evidence of independent or professional work which has recognised professional standing and can be considered equivalent may be an acceptable alternative to a research higher degree.

School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics: An Associate Lecturer in Computing Science/IT will normally have completed four years of tertiary study in the relevant discipline and/or have equivalent qualifications and/or professional experience. A position at this level will normally require an honours degree or higher qualifications.





School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics: A Lecturer in Computing Science/IT will normally have advanced qualifications or recognised significant experience in the relevant discipline area. A position at this level will normally require a doctoral qualification or equivalent accreditation and standing.







Flinders Law School: A coursework higher degree, or evidence of independent or professional work considered to be of an equivalent standard may be an acceptable alternative to a research higher degree.





Qualifications (cont)

School of Medicine: A BMBS or equivalent degree may be an acceptable alternative for clinical academic staff.




Qualifications (cont)

School of Medicine: For other than medically qualified applicants, a coursework qualification or equivalent accreditation and standing may be an acceptable alternative to a research higher degree.
Medically qualified applicants who are undertaking clinical practice require a Fellowship of a recognised Professional Medical College or higher clinical qualification or, in exceptional circumstances, extensive relevant professional experience and recognised professional standing may be acceptable as an alternative.
(NB: Fellowship of a Professional Medical College requires at least six years of professional training and may include some research training and experience. It is considered equivalent to a PhD at Lecturer level in

recognition of the time and effort to achieve the professional qualification.)



School of Nursing and Midwifery: For staff with academic status, a BN or equivalent degree may be an acceptable alternative.




School of Nursing and Midwifery: Required to either have a PhD or demonstrate substantial progress toward completion of a doctoral degree.







School of Social and Policy Studies (Politics and Public Policy): Normally require completion of a PhD. Alternatively, some combination of an almost-complete PhD and/or a good Masters degree and/or publications.







School of International Studies (Flinders Asia Centre): In addition to the generic qualifications criteria, a good command of at least one Asian language is desirable.







School of Social and Policy Studies (Flinders Institute of Public Policy and Management): Normally require completion of a relevant postgraduate qualification or equivalent research or management or policy experience deemed to be appropriate.




Qualifications (cont)







Qualifications (cont)

School of Psychology: A PhD is an essential requirement.










Student Learning Centre: A research higher degree, a coursework higher degree or a professional higher degree is normally required.


Teaching

The activities in which a staff member could be expected to be involved, and provide evidence of, include but are not limited to:




Teaching

The activities in which a staff member could be expected to be involved, and provide evidence of, include but are not limited to:

  • preparing and delivering lectures and seminars, with indications of the skill, quality and effectiveness as evidenced by Student Evaluations of Teaching, supervisor, peers;

  • tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, workshops, student field excursions, clinical sessions and/or studio sessions, with evidence of the skill, quality and effectiveness;




  • experience in the delivery of teaching, including evidence of the types of teaching undertaken, with indications of the skill, quality, and effectiveness as evidenced by Student Evaluations of Teaching, supervisor, peers;

  • the development of an explicit teaching philosophy (i.e. approach to teaching);




  • the development of an explicit teaching philosophy (i.e. approach to teaching);

  • developing topic material (including study guides) with appropriate guidance from the topic or course coordinator;




  • initiation and development of topic material;

  • development of study guides;

  • supervision of students;




  • supervision of the program of study of honours students and postgraduate students engaged in higher degree programs is desirable;

  • supervision of students in work-based education settings i.e. clinical, professional settings;

  • teaching awards;




  • teaching awards;

  • acting as topic coordinator, where appropriate, provided that the skills and experience demonstrate this capacity;




  • involvement in topic/course coordination;

  • consultation with students;







  • marking and assessment primarily connected with topics in which the staff member teaches;







  • producing teaching materials for students for whom the staff member has responsibility;










Teaching (cont)

Teaching (cont)







Teaching

(cont)

Teaching

(cont)

  • reflective/responsive teaching, i.e. appropriate response to feedback;







  • teaching which is informed by current research and practice in the substantive area of the applicant's discipline/field;







  • new approaches to the preparation and delivery of teaching e.g. multi-media, on-line, web-based, work-based education;

  • participating in international teaching delivery or collaboration;




  • significant role in international teaching delivery or collaboration;

  • undertaking on-campus teaching or student support in the area of internationalisation;




  • significant role in on-campus teaching or student support in the area of internationalisation;

  • one-to-one support and advice for members of the teaching staff of the University, including working with small groups of University teaching staff on teaching-related or curriculum-related matters – with indications of the skill, quality and effectiveness as evidenced by evaluations conducted at arm’s length using instruments which are the functional equivalent of SETs.




  • one-to-one support and advice for members of the teaching staff of the University, including working with small groups of University teaching staff on teaching-related or curriculum-related matters – with indications of the skill, quality and effectiveness as evidenced by evaluations conducted at arm’s length using instruments which are the functional equivalent of SETs.

In the case of the following Schools, other requirements, activities and/or evidence with respect to teaching may also include:




In the case of the following Schools, other requirements, activities and/or evidence with respect to teaching may also include:

School of Medicine:

  • participation in the provision of accredited post graduate vocational education programs of Professional Medical Colleges;




School of Medicine: participation in the provision of accredited post-graduate vocational education programs of Professional Medical Colleges.

  • a clinical academic is expected to be involved in bedside teaching.










School of Nursing and Midwifery: evidence of continued involvement in a clinical or health-related speciality or clinical field of research, if relevant.

Student Learning Centre:

  • the effectiveness of teaching as evidenced by the results of evaluations conducted at arm’s length using instruments which are the functional equivalent of SETs;



Student Learning Centre:

  • the effectiveness of teaching as evidenced by the results of evaluations conducted at arm’s length using instruments which are the functional equivalent of SETs;

  • evidence of the presentation of lectures/ seminars/ workshops for students on aspects of teaching and learning, and any Faculty staff evaluations or student feedback in relation to those.



  • evidence of the presentation of lectures/ seminars/ workshops for students on aspects of teaching and learning, and any Faculty staff evaluations or student feedback in relation to those.







School of Humanities (Theology): involvement in the training of field education program supervisors.

Research and/

or Creative Activity

Research and/

or Creative Activity (cont)

Research and/

or Creative Activity

(cont)

A staff member should prepare this section of her/his report/application on the basis of research activity and/or creative activity.
The kinds of evidence that applicants may provide include but are not limited to:




Research and/

or Creative Activity

Research and/

or Creative Activity

(cont)

A staff member should prepare this section of her/his report/application on the basis of research activity and/or creative activity.
The kinds of evidence that applicants may provide include but are not limited to:

Research


Research activity:



Research


Research activity:

  • description of actual research activity;




  • description of actual research activity;

  • grant applications submitted, grants and other funding attracted;




  • grant applications submitted, grants received from both traditional and non-traditional sources;

  • research projects;




  • ability to initiate and to resource a research project (with external funding where appropriate);

  • limited number of publications (includes conference papers, refereed and non-refereed journal articles, book(s) and book chapter(s), translations, film/play reviews);




  • publications (includes books, chapters in books, refereed and non-refereed journal articles);

  • papers published or presented at conferences in association with research and/or higher degree work;




  • published conference papers;

  • research collaborations or contributions to research groups;




  • significant role in collaborative research projects;

  • participating in international research collaborations.




  • significant role in international research collaborations.




  • participation in research seminars;

  • membership of and activities related to professional bodies, etc;




  • membership of and activities related to professional bodies, etc;







  • research reports which demonstrate original observations;






  • contributions to reports and submissions to government or other agencies drawing on knowledge of discipline;










  • approved patents, including any funding received in lodging and/or in commercial application of patents;




  • research output arising from research into aspects of learning and teaching.




  • PhDs recently completed or submitted;

  • research output arising from research into aspects of learning and teaching.

Scholarly standing in the area of research:




Scholarly standing in the area of research:

  • some experience in refereeing articles in scholarly journals;




  • some experience in refereeing articles in scholarly journals;

  • invitation to apply for non-traditional research funding.




  • invitation to apply for non-traditional research funding;







  • some experience in examining higher degree theses and/or external examination of Honours theses;

  • citations;







  • invitation to referee grant applications from national agencies.

Creative activity:

Details of degree of originality, level of competence and recognition by peers for the work should also be addressed.






Creative Activity:

  • contribution to exhibitions at the state/national level;







  • exhibitions (at the state/national/international level);

  • original performance as an individual or part of a group.










  • original professional performances (include both live and screen performances);










  • ability to initiate and resource a creative activity project (with external funding where appropriate);










  • significant role in collaborative creative activity projects;










  • publications (include translations which may take the form of written work, videos and CD ROM);










  • production of new works of fine arts;










  • critique or review of an article/ play/ film which offers a new or original interpretation to the article/ play/ film;










  • curating exhibitions.



















Research and/

or Creative Activity

(cont)

Scholarly standing in the area of creative activity:







  • some experience in refereeing articles in scholarly journals;







  • some experience in examining higher degree theses;







  • citations.

In the case of the following Schools, other requirements, activities and/or evidence may also include:







School of Medicine:

  • for a non-clinical staff member, evidence of research activity should include publications arising from Honours, Masters or other degree or other research activities;







  • clinical staff should demonstrate that they have started to engage in research.







A lesser expectation in research output for those with medical qualifications, assumes that a proportion of their week is occupied with clinical practice. In those cases, where a medically qualified person is not engaged in clinical work, expectations regarding research output would be increased to coincide with those required for a non-clinical staff member.







Administration (Including Service to the

University)

Administration (Including Service to the University

(cont)

The activities in which a staff member could be expected to be involved, and provide evidence of, include but are not limited to:




Administration (including Service to the

University)

Administration (Including Service to the University

(cont)

The activities in which a staff member could be expected to be involved, and provide evidence of, include but are not limited to:

  • attendance at School/departmental and/or Faculty meetings and/or membership of a limited number of committees;

  • limited administrative functions primarily connected with topics in which the staff member teaches.






  • a range of administrative functions related to the teaching of individual topics, and indications or evidence of the potential for wider responsibilities related to the teaching function. These include participation in School/department and/or Faculty meetings and committees and might involve an active role in occasional working parties, or other functional responsibilities within the School/ department, e.g. student counselling;

  • liaison with industry and community agencies to establish work-based, professional and clinical placements as part of academic programs;

  • effective and efficient performance in carrying out these administrative functions;

  • working with other staff in areas of collective responsibility.









In the case of the following Schools, other requirements, activities and/or evidence with respect to administration and service to the University may also include:




In the case of the following Schools, other requirements, activities and/or evidence with respect to administration and service to the University may also include:

School of Medicine:

  • clinical staff are expected to be participating in clinical services at least at Registrar or equivalent level.

The difference in expectation with regard to administration between clinical academics (medically qualified) and non-medically qualified staff relates to the difference in their work content and professional lives. For some activities, Flinders-linked teaching hospitals may be treated as equivalent to the University for the purposes of administration/service; other activities in Flinders Medical Centre or other affiliated health services and institutions may be more appropriately listed under professional performance.





School of Medicine:

  • for clinical academics, participation in clinical service at least at junior consultant or equivalent level and/or co-ordination of in-service undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching is expected;

  • participation in teaching or clinical service administration may be an acceptable example of administrative function;

  • for non-clinical academics, a demonstrated capacity to administer personal research programs is expected.

The difference in expectation with regard to administration between clinical academics (medically qualified) and non-medically qualified staff relates to the difference in their work content and professional lives. For some activities, Flinders-linked teaching hospitals may be treated as equivalent to the University for the purposes of administration/service; other activities in Flinders Medical Centre or other health services and affiliated institutions may be more appropriately listed under professional performance.







Student Learning Centre: The design and/or presentation of teaching programs focussing on student learning in higher education which can be contracted to agencies in the University or externally.







Student Learning Centre: The design and/or presentation of teaching programs focussing on student learning in higher education which can be contracted to agencies in the University or externally.













Administration (Including Service to the University

(cont)

School of Humanities (Theology): Evidence of contribution to the administration of the Adelaide College of Divinity and its member colleges is expected.

Professional Performance (including

Service to the Community)

The activities in which a staff member could be expected to be involved, and provide evidence of, include but are not limited to:




Professional Performance (including

Service to the Community)

The activities in which a staff member could be expected to be involved, and provide evidence of, include but are not limited to:

  • professional activity of relevance to the School/department within the wider community, e.g.




  • professional activity of relevance to the School/department within the wider community, e.g.




  • involvement with relevant community groups, professional organisations, government or private sector organisations e.g. membership of professional organisations, external liaison groups;







  • membership of and contributions to government bodies, community groups or professional organisations;

  • participation in activities for secondary schools involving promotion of the department's interests, such as Year 12 student conferences, contributions to in-service programs for teachers, Open Days.




  • attendance at conferences/workshops;







  • active conference and/or workshop participation, i.e. involvement beyond role of attendance such as through presentation of papers; participation in discussion panels, or assistance with conference/ workshop organisation;




  • consultancy or advisory work undertaken outside the University.







  • involvement in professional consultancy work for community, government or private sector organisations;













  • contribution to the development and provision of continuing education programs;

























In the case of the following Schools, other requirements, activities and/or evidence with respect to professional performance and service to the community may also include:














Professional Performance (including Service to the Community) (cont)


School of Medicine:

  • evidence of professional activity may also include early committee work for hospitals, health services, postgraduate colleges or other professional bodies;

  • interactions with lay organisations/media.




School of Nursing and Midwifery: For staff with academic status, contribution to policy development.





Academic Profile (Levels A and B)

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