Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Art Therapy

Banyule, Australia
Sep 10, 2019
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Oct 10, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Lecturer (Level C) or Associate Professor (Level D) – Art Therapy

  • Coordination of post-graduate art therapy and associated courses
  • Contribute to the disciplines of art therapy and arts and health through leading research and teaching
  • Continuing, full-time role based at our Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
  • $116,152 - $152,993 per annum plus up to 17% superannuation
  • A competitive research start-up package is available

About La Trobe

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. La Trobe University turned 50 in 2017, and over the half century of its existence it has established a reputation as an innovative and accessible university, willing to take risks and take on challenges. Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through operational excellence to benefit the communities we serve.

About the Role

The School of Psychology and Public Heath is seeking an experienced Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor to join its Department of Public Health and to play a key role providing significant contribution in scholarly, research and professional activities. You will conduct and lead innovative and high impact research and engage students through your high quality teaching and scholarly approach to learning and teaching.

La Trobe University has offered a program in Art Therapy continuously for over 20 years and in recent years this commitment to the arts and health has been further enhanced with the establishment of the La Trobe Art Institute (LAI) and with the Larundel art collection being recently gifted to the University.  The Department hosts an experienced team of specialist staff delivering a nationally recognised and highly regarded Masters program, a Graduate Certificate, and an annual short course program in Art Therapy.

This position presents an exciting opportunity to be part of a Department which has a strong commitment to improving the health of individuals and of society by building the capacity of practitioners working in a range of areas, to protect and promote health in organisations, workplaces, and local communities. The position requires academic, research and teaching experience in art therapy.

In this position you will also be expected to assume a course coordination role for postgraduate programs. The Course Coordinator has a key role in assuring the quality of the academic programs and facilitating student success at the University. This role offers the opportunity for an outstanding candidate to utilise their demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to education excellence in leading the Master of Art Therapy and associated programs, delivering high quality teaching and providing students with an exceptional experience.

The successful candidate will not only have an excellent record in postgraduate  teaching but will also have practitioner and clinical supervision experience, and the ability to synergise this to contribute to the Department’s research profile in public health, particularly in the area(s) of art therapy and arts and health research.

Skills & Experience

You will demonstrate commitment to learning, teaching and research expertise. You will also have academic administration experience and understand the needs of a diverse range of students. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collegially are key requirements of this role. 

To succeed at level C, you will possess:

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification(s) and standing recognised by the University/profession as appropriate for discipline area of art therapy.
  • A strong record of research publication, relative to opportunity, with appropriate evidence of quality and impact.
  • A national profile in independent research and/or as a member of a research team, as evidenced by the production of research publications and/or other work experience.
  • An ability to design, coordinate and teach subjects and courses which provide a high-quality learning experience that engages undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to others in subject or course level curriculum design and development and delivery of teaching.
  • Commitment to developing an influential role in the national and international academic community.
  • Experience in the supervision or co-supervision and mentoring of research and other staff.

To succeed at level D, you will possess all of the above and in addition:

  • A distinguished record of nationally and/or internationally recognised independent research, with evidence of its impact and significance.
  • Successful record of significant levels of external research funding through grants/contracts/consultancies.
  • A record of attracting honours/research higher degree students and successful supervision.
  • Evidence of effective contributions to leadership and management at the Department/School/College or University level.

Closing date: 10th October 2019

Position Enquiries: Head of Discipline, Dr Patricia Fenner | T: +61 3 9479 1759 | E:

Please indicate which level position you are applying for in your application. Applicants may opt to apply for both position levels (single application).

Please address Key Selection Criteria and attach these with your application.

Senior Lecturer (Level C) full-time position $116,152 - $133,420 + 17% superannuation | Associate Professor (Level D) full-time position $139,177 - $152,993 + 17% superannuation. Level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University also offers a generous research start-up funding package, subject to negotiation and an agreed research plan.

For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact Melissa Favata, Recruitment Business Partner on +61 (03) 9479 0369.

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All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement. La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

La Trobe is proud to be a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program to advance gender equality in academia.