Associate Lecturer; Teaching Specialist (Clinical) - Optometry

Adelaide, Australia
Monday, 22 November 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 5 December 2021
Contract Type
Part Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Position Summary

Continuing | Part-Time at 0.6FTE

Compensation Grade:
Academic Level A

Salary Range:
$78,340 - 94,938 p.a.

Reporting to:
Dean (People & Resources) or Delegate

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

This Teaching Specialist (Clinical/Practitioner) position, with its primary focus on teaching and teaching-related activities and has an important role to play in the University’s achievement of its strategic plan, Making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda.

The University is committed to a student-centred ethos and to developing creative, enterprising, career-ready graduates prepared to become lifelong contributors to society.

In accordance with the strategic plan, the University seeks to:

  • deliver a richly interactive and personalised approach to learning focussed on student success;
  • be an international leader in educational innovation, advanced learning technologies and learning analytics; and
  • develop enterprising graduates equipped with the skills required for success in the knowledge economy.

The Associate Lecturer in Optometry will be responsible for contributing to the preparation and delivery of the College’s Optometry topics using innovations in teaching practices and technologies, with support and guidance from a more senior academic. The Associate Lecturer will also be expected to concurrently engage in practice as a Optometry in a clinical or community setting to support maintenance of contemporary practice.

The Associate Lecturer may also be involved in teaching across other courses in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences or other Colleges. The Associate Lecturer will be required to contribute to strengthening existing partnerships or exploring new partnerships with external stakeholders that have the potential for providing improved teaching, learning and/or research outcomes for the University. The Associate Lecturer will prioritise, coordinate, monitor workflow and provide informal day‐to‐day feedback to research support staff and casual academic teaching staff according to the University’s policies, practices and standards.

Key Position Responsibilities

This position is predominantly concerned with teaching and teaching‐related duties involving the creation, delivery and continuous quality improvement of university‐level education.

It includes (but is not limited to):

  • direct teaching informed by approaches that enhance the student experience; curriculum design and review;
  • delivery innovation; utilising advancements in education technologies;
  • and making a contribution towards maintaining internal and external compliance and accreditation of courses.

Appointees bring recent, ongoing (concurrent) or extensive experience and knowledge of contemporary clinical/professional practice to the position. The position is also expected to make an independent contribution to high‐quality university, professional and community service. The position does not include making a research contribution.


  • Create, coordinate and conduct lectures, tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, work integrated learning encounters, workshops and assess students enrolled in optometry topics of the College, with a focus on clinical skills training and/or supervision of students undertaking work integrated learning.
  • Contribute to the planning and evaluation of these topics.
  • Assist in the development of topic and course materials with appropriate guidance from Course Coordinators and/or Senior Academic Staff.
  • Provide support, academic counselling and professional advice to students concerning their studies, professional development and career opportunities.
  • Make effective use of innovations and technologies in teaching practice

University, Professional and Service:

  • Participate in the College’s administrative activities such as membership of committees and working groups and attendance at College meetings.
  • Maintain professional knowledge relevant to teaching within their discipline through scholarship and professional development.
  • Engage in activities within a relevant external professional domain such as professional associations, conferences and workshops, and within a wider community context at local, national or international level.
  • Provide high quality contribution to community service, including clinical practice at the University’s multidisciplinary clinic and/or satellite clinics and a focus on opportunities that maintain clinical skills currency on behalf of the College and University.
  • Undertake activities that promote the development of productive partnerships to provide opportunities for students and promote graduate employability.
  • Some out of hours work (including weekends) as well as rural SA, interstate and overseas travel, may be required.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • As a minimum, satisfactory completion of 4 years tertiary study or equivalent qualification and experience in Optometry.
  • An Optometry qualification which enables registration by the Optometry Board of Australia or allows admission to the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) Competency in Optometry Examination.
  • Successful completion of a degree or commitment to complete another qualification (e.g. ACO Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics or equivalent) which enables scheduled medicines endorsement for registered optometrists in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Currently registered or eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an Optometrist.
  • Hold and maintain a current membership with Optometry Australia.
  • Relevant and contemporary clinical experience in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the delivery of optimal healthcare.
  • Evidence of teaching experience at a tertiary level within a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparation and delivery of curriculum.
  • Demonstrated experience in student assessment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of curriculum reviews and internal and external accreditation activities.
  • Evidence of effective use of innovations and technologies in teaching practices.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the nexus between teaching and learning, research, scholarship and practice.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, students and industry.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to fostering a positive workplace culture, and role modelling behaviours that support the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Evidence of upholding the values and ethos of the University.
  • Completion of a PhD or EdD or substantial progress towards a PhD or EdD in Optometry or related field (desirable).
  • Evidence of effective use of innovations in teaching practices and technologies (desirable).
  • Experience in development of international and short course teaching delivery or collaboration (desirable).

Prescribed Conditions of Employment Pursuant to Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA) this position has been deemed prescribed. It is an inherent requirement of the position that the successful candidate maintains a current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University.

If you are required to work in any capacity, incidental or not, in a health care setting or other setting identified within a government direction issued pursuant to the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA) or Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (NT) you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of your vaccination as a condition of your employment.

Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59 pm:

05 Dec 2021

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