Overview of the leadership development programs at Flinders for academic staff

Leadership Program

Building research leaders 

Leading Teaching & Learning for Course & Topic  Coordinators

Flinders University Leadership Program (FULP)

 Management & Leadership Program (MALP)

For:Emerging research leadersCourse & Topic Coordinators Staff member (academic and general) who are identified as potential leaders by their respective senior executives and managers Deans of Schools
Entry By nominationSelf-enrolBy nomination By position 
Program focusLeading, organising and inspiring a team of researchers
  • Leading a course or topic teaching team
  • Leading curriculum development and delivery
Theoretical understanding and practical applications of leadership and management within the higher education context Managing and leading business units
Duration7-9 months One semesterOne year On-going
Organised by:Research Services OfficeCentre for University TeachingCentre for University Teaching for the Office of the Vice-ChancellorDVC(R) (Chair of the Reference Group) and the Director Human Resources (Program Leader)
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For information on other leadership programs available to General staff organised through the Professional Development Unit, see http://www.flinders.edu.au/profdev/leadership/  .

Other initiatives to support leadership for  Improved Learning and Teaching

2.   The Faculty Scholars Program

The Flinders University Faculty Scholar initiative has been designed to contribute to a distributive model and to encourage development and innovation in learning and teaching across the University.  It also supports continuing professional development in learning and teaching in faculties.

Taking a leadership role in learning and teaching as a Scholar for 1 year contributes to the enhancement of learning and teaching within the University and the quality of the student experience.

As well as personal benefits, the initiative provides valuable opportunities to engage with like-minded staff from across Flinders.  There are also wider benefits to students, Divisions, Schools, Support Departments and the University in taking forward innovation in learning and teaching through this distributive leadership approach.

3.   Management of Casual Teaching Staff Members (Sessional Teachers)

All new academics who supervise/manage staff members are required to undertake designated training in Supervising Staff at Flinders University.  The workshop "Supervising Sessional Academic Staff" is also recommended for those who are supervising/managing sessional teaching staff.

Academics who supervise sessional teachers need to ensure that appropriate professional development opportunities are drawn to their attention.  Some workshops are specifically designed for sessional staff and there is a designated sessional staff support website.  The workshops are:

The Centre for University Teaching can also develop and run customised programs in consultation with you and deliver them in your School or Faculty. Please also note that;

  • sessional staff attending these academic development sessions are paid at the University's agreed rate;
  • sessional staff are required to undertake Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) if they are responsible for a semester long topic; and
  • sessional staff are assessed on their overall performance including the SET results but not solely on these results. Specific Performance Management guidelines have been established to support you when managing them.

Supporting and supervising sessionally employed teaching staff outlines administration requirements, supporting strategies and learning and teaching issues. These pages have been developed by staff from the Centre for University Teaching.