Change to Deputy Dean and Associate Dean Staffing Leadership roles

As a part of a review of MGSE’s Executive leadership roles late last year, the position description of the Deputy Dean at MGSE will now fully incorporate the important staffing responsibilities that had previously been led by the Associate Dean Staffing.  

This carefully considered change has been made to enable the key role of Deputy Dean to concentrate more fully on Academic staffing issues and related opportunities. It will also provide a single point of contact for Academic staffing queries and ensure an ongoing consistent and equitable approach. The Deputy Dean (Staffing) will continue to work closely with the Dean and the Manager People & Culture on all people related matters.

Thank you to Associate Professor David Gurr for his work in 2019 as Associate Dean Staffing.  David has relinquished the staffing portfolio and continues to lead the Educational Leadership cognate group and the exciting development of a new Educational Leadership Hub.

Professor Helen Cahill has assumed the staffing responsibilities as part of her Deputy Dean portfolio of work. Please direct any staffing queries to Helen.

Call for Expressions of Interest - Course Coordinator, Master of Education

As a result of a recent review of program coordination at MGSE, we have created a separate role of Course Coordinator, Master of Education. The coordination of the Master of Education has been undertaken by Dr Mary Leahy as part of her role of Program Coordinator (Professional Education).  Thank you to Dr Mary Leahy for her contribution to the Master of Education over previous years. Mary will continue in the position of Program Coordinator.

We are now calling for applications for the Course Coordinator, Master of Education, a position description is available for download. Ideally, applicants will be an Academic at Level C or above and the appointment is for two years. The time commitment will be equivalent to 0.4 FTE.

Applications will close Friday 14 February COB. Applications for the role need to outline your interest, address the Selection Criteria and include a very brief CV (the total application should be no more than four pages) and forwarded to with the subject line 'Coordinator, Master of Education'.

MGSE Organisations charts and contact listings

Academic, professional and cognate/research group leader organisational charts and contact listings for 2020 are now available via the MGSE intranet.

Time off in lieu of Overtime (TOIL) for PASO Employees

As you will be aware, the EA System Changes Project team developed a system solution at the end of last year to support the management of TOIL via Themis, and is now live. A Knowledge Base Article with detailed instructions has been published on the Staff Services portal.

All Professional, Administrative Support Occupations (PASO) employees will be required to record TOIL via Themis Self Service from 1 February 2020. Employees who have an existing TOIL balance recorded offline must work with their manager to take this time off by 30 June 2020.

A managers’ guide addressing frequently asked questions around TOIL is now available.

Public holiday substitution

The 2018 Enterprise Agreement allows an employee, with agreement of the University, to substitute a public holiday for a cultural or religious day of significance where the University considers it safe and appropriate for the employee to attend work during a public holiday. Employees can apply for a public holiday substitution via Themis Self-Service (option available under My Employment Details).

Please refer to the Public Holiday Substitution knowledge base article for detailed instructions. For further information or advice, please contact HR Assist on 903 54000 (option 1).

Academic promotion briefings 2020

Throughout February and March Professor Richard James, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Undergraduate) and Professor Nilss Olekalns, President of the Academic Board will present an Academic promotion briefing in the context of the University's Academic Performance Framework.

There will be additional Academic Promotion Briefing Sessions specifically for women academics interested in applying for promotion. Complementing the general sessions, Professor James and Professor Marilys Guillemin will present on the promotion process, specifically with a focus on women applicants. Prospective female promotion applicants are encouraged to attend one of the women's Academic Promotion Briefing Sessions as well as the general University Promotion Briefing Session commensurate to their academic level.

The briefings will be recorded and uploaded to the Academic Careers @ Melbourne webpage (under the 'Promotion' tab) shortly after the briefing session. Dates, times, venues and more information is available on the Academic Careers @ Melbourne page.

Host a student intern in 2020

Students in many disciplines complete internships within their degrees, and many of them are looking for Semester 1 opportunities. Staff within the University can access these talented students by hosting an internship in their team. Work Integrated Learning (or WIL) programs run throughout the year (part or full time) to provide students with invaluable work experience, and staff with flexible access to this great resource. The conditions and requirements of each internship vary according to Faculty, visit the Hosting student interns page for more information, for any enquiries contact:

Managing risk at the University of Melbourne

Legal and Risk is pleased to present a training on enterprise risk management process to explain how the University manages its risks and to help you make better decisions. You can undertake an online training module (45 mins) for a quick overview or an in-class session (2 hrs) for more in-depth understanding of the process through practical examples.

For more information and registration:

Master of Teaching Primary Course Coordinator appointment

Dr Natasha Ziebell is the successful applicant for the Master of Teaching (Primary) Course Coordinator position. Natasha will be well known to all working in this course, as she has been the Course Coordinator of the Master of Teaching (Primary) before, performing the role admirably in a previous iteration.

Thank you to Natasha for taking on this position, and thank you to Dr Harry Galatis for leading and managing the course over recent years.

Program Support Officer for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship

Yvette Turner has been appointed to the MGSE Team as the Program Support Officer for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship. Yvette is a people person and comes highly recommended for her customer service skills. She will be working on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Learning and Teaching Officer

Lany Baker is the new Learning and Teaching Officer in the Learning and Teaching team. Lany commenced with us earlier this year and is working on course related matters within the Master of Teaching program.

Lany brings a wealth of experience through working as a Course Planning Adviser at the University of Melbourne for the past two years and also in Student Services at Monash University.

Project Manager, Master of Teaching Project

Dr Vikki Pollard has been employed as the Project Manager, Master of Teaching for 2020. This is an umbrella term for a range of projects that encompass the re-design and re-accreditation of all the Master of Teaching courses. It will also involve the TALQAC 7 year course review and the LTI funded Assessment Reform project.

Vikki brings a wealth of experience to this role and since 2004 she has worked at Deakin, Monash, Swinburne and the HE divisions of Holmesglen and NMIT. During this time she has been employed as an academic, curriculum consultant and academic developer. She has led intensive curriculum renewal processes that resulted in the re-design and re-accreditation of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  Vikki is deeply interested in pedagogy, including online pedagogy, and has published in this area and also in curriculum innovations.

Program Coordinator - Initial Teacher Education

Dr Daniela Acquaro is the successful applicant for the position of Program Coordinator – Initial Teacher Education.

In this position Daniela will work closely with the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and the Master of Teaching leadership team, in continuing to ensure that the Graduate School’s work in Initial Teacher Education remains at the forefront of innovation and development.