Increasingly topic coordinators are called upon to co-teach with a group of sessionally (i.e casually) employed tutors and demonstrators. These tutors are often teaching for the first time and may need guidance to learn appropriate teaching strategies and to clarify their understanding of the topic's core learning intentions.
The University's expectations in relation to sessionally employed teaching staff are that they will:
(a) have access to appropriate professional development opportunities
(b) be paid for attending any specific professional development sessions.
The Supervising sessional academic staff workshop covers this and other relevant issues.
Workshops specifically designed for sessional staff are:
- Introduction to Sessional Teaching
- Sessional Staff: Introduction to Assessment
- Science & Engineering Demonstrator Training
- Sessional Staff: Supporting the Success of your First Year Students
The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching team can also develop and run customised programs in consultation with you. Workshops generally cover:
- managing the learning and teaching environment
- working with first year students
- working with diverse student populations
- providing feedback to students
- assessing student learning.
Currently scheduled sessions can be found here.
Booklets are available for distribution to sessionally employed staff with information about learning and teaching issues and the Flinders University environment. Complementary information can be found on the Support for Sessional teaching web pages.
You can access the Guidelines for Managing Sessionally Employed Teaching staff here (PDF 167KB) .
Resources for further supporting sessional staff include:
- The RED report – explores the recognition, enhancement and development of sessional teaching in higher education.
- The RED resource which includes five good practice case studies was also produced.
- Training, Support and Management of Sessional Teaching Staff (used as a basis for the RED work).