MGSE staff news

Travel advice

Just a reminder as we head into a time when staff and students may be planning travel to conduct academic research that all travel to countries designated at DFAT’s level three or four require the Dean’s approval. The University has determined to also include DFAT level 2 countries in the Middle East as high-risk destinations for the purposes of its travel approval and escalations, and this travel will also require the Dean’s approval. Staff are required to book all University funded travel through UniTravel. If travel is booked by a third party (e.g. travel is externally funded), staff are required to log the details of their trip using the ‘Log My Trip’ function. A complete travel itinerary for high-risk destinations must be recorded with the approving supervisor before any travel approval is granted. All University-related international travel by graduate research students must be logged via Student1. Here is the latest travel alert issued by the University.

MGSE Orientation Day

In order to ensure that we officially begin our 2019 academic year with strong momentum and clarity in relation to our strategic objectives, an all staff MGSE Orientation Day has been planned for Thursday 7 February.

It is expected that all academic and professional staff will attend. Those unable to be there due to travel, leave, teaching commitments or other extenuating circumstances are asked, for catering purposes, to communicate their apologies with Heather via email as soon as possible, .

The MGSE Orientation Day will be held in the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre in Arts West to enable sufficient space to accommodate all staff. Official proceedings will begin at 8.30 am and will conclude at 1.00 pm when lunch will be provided.

The agenda will include presentations from MGSE and Chancellery senior academics and leaders along and an opportunity to meet in your Cognate Groups, Research Centres and Professional Staff teams. This will assist us to confirm plans and optimise opportunities for the year ahead.

MTeach Secondary Co-ordinator & Assistant Dean, Learning & Teaching

Associate Professor John Quay will take up the position of Assistant Dean Learning and Teaching in 2019. This position was originally advertised as Program Coordinator M Teach. We would like to thank Dr Teresa Angelico for her work in this role.

We have a new M Teach Secondary Coordinator – Associate Professor Mark Selkrig who comes to us from Victoria University. Mark will start with us in January. For the first two months Dr Daniela Acquaro and Mark will work together to ensure a smooth transition for the program. We would like to thank Daniela for her many years in leadership positions in the M Teach Secondary program.

Mark is an Associate Professor in the fields of teacher education and creativities and the arts. His research and scholarly work focuses on the changing nature of educators’ work and how educators navigate the ecologies of their respective learning environments. Because of his expertise in innovative teaching approaches he was appointed to the role of Blended Learning Coordinator in the College of Arts & Education (2016 -2017) and has coordinated large Master of Education programs (including the M Teach). As well as working in higher education, Mark’s professional experience includes working in primary and secondary schools, and sexual health education in the community health sector. He is also a practising artist, having participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and several community-based arts projects.

Curriculum and Research Leader – Work Integrated Learning

Dr Richard Sallis has been appointed to the new role of Curriculum and Research Leader – Work Integrated Learning.Richard will take up the role effectively immediately with a 0.40FTE allocation for 2 years.

The role will see Richard leading the clinical teaching component of the MTeach by advancing both the curriculum, and the relevant elements of the program’s plan for demonstrating effectiveness and impact on the teaching profession.

This new role is pivotal in shaping MGSE’s commitment to opportunities that foster and elevate academic careers and facilitate both leadership development and research outputs.

Richard will continue to act in the role of Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion until mid 2019 when Dr Jessica Gerrard returns from leave. He will however, ;relinquish the Breadth Program Coordinator role – this will role will be advertised shortly.

Jawun Development Program Secondment

Congratulations to Gemma Barry who has been awarded a place as one of the University's 2019 Jawun Secondees.

Gemma will undertake a six-week residential placement with an Indigenous-led community organisation as part of the Jawun Development Program, a signature project of the University's Reconciliation Action Plan April 2018 – December 2022. The Jawun Development Program places talented University staff into Indigenous organisations to work on a range of initiatives.

Women in Leadership Success

Congratulation to Associate Professor Kristine Elliott and Dr Marian Mahat, who have been successful in gaining a place in the 2019 Academic Women in Leadership Program.

New staffing matters email address

We now have a new email address for emails about staffing matters.

Could emails please be sent to this address:

This is to help Professor Helen Stoke with the management of the many staffing related emails. Fletcher and I will be the only staff monitoring this email account.

Examples of emails to send to this address would include information about loads, requests for meetings over staffing, questions about work allocations and Casual requests (cc in Stephen Goldstraw as well) etc. If the staffing matter is something private/confidential that you only want me to see please send to my email address