As part of the Flinders University Policy on flexibility in academic work academic staff are able to apply to be transferred to an education-focused role. Education-focused positions have a primary focus on teaching and the scholarship of teaching in the relevant discipline area. Contributions towards the other three areas of academic activity (research and creative activity, administration and professional performance) are also expected. Two calls for expressions of interest in these education roles were made in 2012 and 55 staff from across the university were selected.

On 31/7/12 the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching hosted a meeting for academic staff in education-focused roles to discuss support that is available for these new positions. Professor Andrew Parkin addressed the meeting, commending staff in their new appointments and answering questions about their new roles.

Attendees were also informed about two forms of support available to them:

  • A Community of Practice (CoP) will provide education-focused staff with the opportunity to discuss their needs and interests; drawing value from the differences between participants educational needs and experiences and acknowledging disciplinary perspectives. For Information contact Dr Steve Evans.
  • The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching supports the development of staff in education-focussed roles and responds to identified needs through the facilitation of meetings/workshops .

Together the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching and the CoP aim to raise the profile of staff in education-focused roles.