MGSE staff news

Who's travelling?

The following MGSE staff will be travelling soon. If you have colleagues, potential RHD scholars, prospective students, events, or opportunities in or near the locations that they are travelling to, you are encouraged to get in touch with these staff directly to explore the potential for collaboration.

Lorraine Graham22/10/18
Buenos Aires 
Joseph Lobianco30/10/18
Los Angeles
Russell Cross01/11/18
MEL SYD MELSydneyTeaching obligation
Cisilia Goh2/11/18MEL SYDSydneyUndertake research
John Polesel11/11/18MEL SCL BOG SCL SYD MELBogataOther
Jim Watterston17/11/18MEL SYD PEK SYD MELChinaConference

John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship

The prestigious John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship supports applicants who show potential as a researcher or teacher. If you are under 30 years of age and have completed a Master’s degree at MGSE and wish to study abroad, please consider applying for the scholarship.

Leadership announcement and job opportunities

It is with great pleasure to announce that Dr Merryn Dawburn Gundlach will continue as Coordinator of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship and Martina Tassone will be the coordinator of the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary).

There are two full time continuing positions being advertised for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Master of Teaching (Secondary) Coordinator and a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor Master of Teaching Program Coordinator. Please share these job opportunities with your networks.

Manager Strategic Planning & Finance

Congratulations to Phil Tudor who has been appointed to acting Manager of Strategic Planning & Finance for the Graduate School. Phil will be located on Level 9, 100 Leicester Street.

Phil joins us on secondment from the Melbourne Law School where he has delivered strong outcomes over the last three years across areas including business analytics, reporting and forecasting. Phil’s experiences prior to the University also include roles as CFO and COO in the private sector, which will be valuable to MGSE in his role leading in the Strategy & Finance team.

Strategic Planning Project Officer and secondment opportunity

Congratulations to Rossella Lo Conte who has been appointed to the Strategic Planning Project Officer role for the next 12 months. Rossella will be located on level 9 of 100 Leicester Street, working in the Strategy & Finance team. She will be familiar to staff in her role of Learning & Teaching Officer, and her previous experience in the placements team. Rossella brings skills and experiences in project management and business transformation which will be highly valuable in the role, as we look to plan and execute the next steps in our divisional strategy.

With Rossella's recent secondment, a vacancy now exists for a 12-month secondment into the Learning & Teaching team. The Learning & Teaching Officer works closely with senior academic program leaders to support the implementation of curriculum and learning and teaching activities, and enable the ongoing innovation and enhancement of MGSE’s coursework programs and associated projects. Working as part of a well-established and supportive team, the role presents a fantastic opportunity to work across a broad range of learning and teaching focused activities with a diverse group of academic and professional staff colleagues.

If you have the skills and experience to perform in this role, please send a one-page statement addressing the selection criteria, and your CV to the MGSE HR inbox.  Applications close Thursday 25 October, 5.00pm. A selection process will follow shortly thereafter.

Expressions of Interest - Professional Experience Leader (Master of Teaching)

Academic staff at Level C and above are encouraged to apply, in some circumstances applications from Level B staff will be considered. The Master of Teaching - Professional Experience Leader oversees the delivery of professional experience subjects as the ‘Principal Coordinator’ across all Master of Teaching courses.  The subjects run throughout the year for different cohorts of Teacher Candidates/Interns.

Please send your EOI to with the subject Expression of Interest - Master of Teaching – Professional Experience Leader by COB Friday 26 October. A brief paragraph outlining your interest and expertise for the position is required in the EOI.

Please contact Dr Teresa Angelico if you have questions about the position.

Nominations for the Dean's Lecture Series 2019

With the 2018 Dean’s Lecture Series soon drawing to a close it is now time to call for speaker nominations for the 2019 series.

Jim is seeking your suggestions on international or interstate academics and other leaders who you think would be suitable and available to present as part of next year’s series.  As our Dean’s Lectures provide a platform for discussion and debate in the education community, we are looking for leaders who have a widely recognised capacity to speak on education related topics with significant public interest.

To make a suggestion please provide the following information to Liz Carter by Friday 16 November with the following details:

  • Name of proposed speaker and their institution
  • Their area of expertise
  • Possible lecture topic, and
  • Likely date for availability.

Please note that we do not have funding to support travel, accommodation or an honorarium. We expect that nominated speakers will already be travelling to Melbourne.

The final lecture in the 2018 series will be presented by Professor Lindsay Oades on Wednesday 14 November. This lecture will be held as part of our 10 year anniversary activities. Further details and registration can be found on the registration page.

Melbourne Disability Institute newsletter

The Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI), based within the Graduate School is now producing a regular newsletter providing updates on their research, strategic planning and relevant events, news and opportunities to engage with MDI. You can subscribe via email or via the MDI website.

Vice-Chancellor's Roadshow visit to MGSE

Due to a change in our new Vice-Chancellor's schedule, Duncan Maskell will now visit MGSE on Thursday 1 November in Q230 from 11am - 12pm. As  the date of the Vice-Chancellor’s visit is very close to the Dean’s Forum scheduled on the 24 October 12-1pm, this forum will be cancelled.

Academic Women in Leadership Program 2019

This Leadership Program is one of several strategies aimed at addressing women’s under-representation in higher level academic appointments and on key policy, decision making and governance bodies. This remains an issue of strategic importance to the University.

As potential participants are required to speak with the Dean to gain endorsement for their application,  applicants are asked to arrange a meeting by  Monday 19 November at the latest to enable MGSE to assess all applications and ensure they are submitted by the official close date of Monday 26  November.  Please also ensure you speak with your direct supervisor prior to finalising your application.

If you have any questions about the program or the process, please contact the Program Manager, Julie Eastman via email or call ext 44159. Alternatively you can contact the Dean directly.

Employee Agreement 2018

The University (UoM) has now settled the remaining drafting issues arising from our quality assurance review of the document with the NTEU. UoM would now like to seek employee approval of the proposed agreement through a confidential employee ballot.

It will be an online ballot conducted by Cirrena IVS (CiVS) and will open from Tuesday 23 - Friday 26 October. Staff will receive further information including your unique PIN and User Number directly from CiVS, prior to the ballot commencing. This information will enable you to lodge your vote online or via SMS.

To assist your understanding of the proposed agreement, visit the Bargaining page on the Staff Hub to find the following resources:

  • The full Agreement
  • The summarised explanatory document
  • Material referred to in the agreement.

For any questions, please speak to your HR Manager or email:

Casual Tutor Recruitment System (CTRS)

MGSE is trialling a new recruitment tool for casual teachers called the CTRS for the 2019 academic year.  This best practice recruitment system will allow for easier and more efficient administration of our casual teaching process and will assist MGSE to provide high quality teaching for our students.

The CTRS Project Team is communicating with our existing casual staff informing them of this new system and asking them to register their details online.  In addition to our existing casual staff, an advertising campaign has commenced so that we can proactively build a pool of suitably qualified casuals teachers for MGSE. Please alert your networks to these upcoming casual opportunities and encourage them to register online and apply for roles as they become available.

Demonstrations of the CTRS for academic staff will be held late October - please attend at least one of these sessions.

If you have any questions regarding the CTRS please contact Terri Hanlon, HR Consultant on ext 54853 or email

Deputy Chair - MGSE Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG)

Congratulations to Associate Professor Tricia Eadie who has been appointed as Deputy Chair in the MGSE Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG), following the recent retirement of Professor Susan Wright. Tricia will act as Chair until the end of 2018, due to the study leave of the current Chair, Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick.

Tricia brings a wealth of experience in ethics, across both research and professional committees. She has acted as both a reviewer and committee member of Human Ethics advisory groups at University of Melbourne in the Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) faculty and in the MGSE. Prior to that, she was a member of the Ethics Board for Speech Pathology Australia. This work, and her experience in research with very young children and in Indigenous communities, has allowed Tricia to think broadly about ethical issues in research and become deeply aware of particularly sensitive consenting and cultural issues.