Education-focused staff (as a subset of the Teaching and Research category of employment) at Monash University are an elite category of the academy who focus on and contribute to the innovation of education and leading the design and delivery of education at the University.
The incumbent is expected to make significant contributions to teaching and learning within his/her School and engage in educational leadership at disciplinary, school, campus, faculty or university level.
Key result areas and responsibility
The key result areas of Teaching and Learning, Research and Scholarship, Service and Leadership are the basis for the primary duties and responsibilities of the role. Level C education-focused academics will engage in educational scholarship and/or play a leadership role in educational innovation, curriculum design and review.
A workload will be agreed annually with the Head of School in the Performance Development Plan Process. Other duties may be required from time to time as directed by the Head of School.
Teaching and Learning
- Conduct learning activities online, distributed or face-to-face as appropriate, which stimulate and foster student learning.
- Provide leadership in innovative curriculum design and improvement, development of learning materials and pedagogical innovation.
- Determine the learning needs of students and provide appropriate teaching learning support to demonstrate the intended learning outcomes.
- Design new innovative assessment practices, and monitor and change existing practices to improve student learning outcomes.
- Provide leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession and ensure effective implementation of teaching and learning policies.
- Supervise the program of study of honours students, postgraduate students engaged in coursework and/or HDR students, as appropriate.
- Engage in and contribute to professional development and scholarship in teaching and learning.
- Monitor all components of teaching and learning for quality including unit and course design, assessment and student progression, and academic standards.
- Communicate with students and colleagues on unit development and changes in response to student feedback.
- Lead activities relating to the creation of an engaging learning environment for students, including the development of learning communities and strategies used to account for and encourage student diversity.
Research and Scholarship
- Innovate curriculum design based on systematic and evidence-based review of teaching methods and techniques.
- Explore the impact of changes in curriculum design and teaching practice on student learning.
- Publish educational or disciplinary research in high-quality refereed journals or equivalent.
- Attract funding to undertake projects that enhance student or staff learning and teaching outcomes.
- Deliver conference presentations on educational practice and design at local and national conferences.
Service and Leadership
- Contribute to academic service, fostering collegiality and engagement, including efficient management of internal service roles.
- Significantly contribute to external activities relevant to the discipline/ profession and community engagement.
- Mentor early career academics and contribute to the professional development of teaching staff.
Key selection criteria
1. First degree in Chemical Engineering from recognised university and a master or Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering.
2. Minimum 5 years experience in teaching a wide range of chemical engineering subjects
3. Demonstrated capability in leading education-related activities such as accreditation, curriculum review, new course development, etc.
4. Proven high level teaching skills with a demonstrated reflective approach to teaching and learning.
5. A significant contribution to scholarship in teaching and learning with an emerging record of success in winning external grants to support teaching projects and initiatives.
6. A strong understanding of pedagogical theory and contemporary educational practice relevant to the discipline.
7. An emerging record of peer reviewed publications in high quality journals.
8. Demonstrated experience in curriculum development and unit/course coordination.
9. Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to lead teaching and learning initiatives and provide mentoring to less experienced staff.
10. Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to foster the development of a collegial and supportive working environment and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.
11. Demonstrated commitment to applying relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of this position.