Lecturer, Indigenous Studies
The Lecturer provides scholarly leadership and makes a significant contribution to teaching and community engagement within the Indigenous Education and Research Centre.
The Lecturer supports the University’s teaching and research expertise in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and Indigenous Studies and teaches subjects both within the Centre and across the University. The incumbent works closely with the Head, Indigenous Teaching Programs and the Divisional Associate Deans to revitalise curriculum within the Centre, promote cultural competency and embed Indigenous perspectives into courses and subjects across the University.
The Lecturer may supervise/co-supervise students enrolled in undergraduate, honours and postgraduate programs and demonstrate leadership in teaching specialist activities. The incumbent also plays an active role in the maintenance of academic standards and participate in the development of educational policy.
Office of the Provost
The Provost has responsibility for the Academic Divisions, the Division of Students, the Division of Research and Innovation, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at the executive level. The Provost is the standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor. As the senior officer in the Division of Research and Innovation, the Provost is responsible for developing and implementing research
policy and providing leadership in research. This involves promoting collaboration with Government, industry, publicly funded research agencies and universities.
Indigenous Education & Research Centre
In collaboration with the University’s divisions, colleges and directorates the Indigenous Education & Research Centre will provide a whole of university approach to our engagement with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, alumni, staff and communities.
The Centre’s core business focus is to provide leadership and coordination to increase the access, retention and completion rates of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by creating an inspiring and supportive environment on campus that celebrates the heritage, diversity and achievements of Indigenous people; assisting Indigenous students to confidently participate in the academic and cultural life of the University and delivering a smarter learning support agenda that progresses Indigenous students through to completion of degree programs. It will also be a place where Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and community feel safe and respected.
The Centre will also adopt a progressive curriculum agenda that prepares all students to navigate the complexities of contemporary Indigenous situations in the tropics; design educational experiences that deliver an outstanding experience for all students, with exposure to research, and an engaging campus life; and engage in high quality research, intellectual scholarship, and research training in ways that enhance the traditional knowledge of Indigenous people and sustainable living practices for the tropics.
While the initial focus of the Centre is to consolidate and develop our strengths in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning, teaching and research within the northern Queensland region, our ambition is to extend the scope and reach to include comparative international studies, with a focus on Indigenous people in the tropics.
James Cook University
Office of the Provost
Indigenous Education & Research Centre
- Contribute significantly to the development, implementation and evaluation of subjects and courses in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and Indigenous Studies in a broad range of discipline areas including development of new academic offerings, with appropriate advice from and support of more senior staff.
- Develop, prepare and conduct lectures, tutorials, workshops, field excursions and online teaching including development of curricula, teaching, marking, assessment and other administration functions.
- Co-coordinate/coordinate subjects where necessary.
- Co-supervise/supervise honours and post-graduate students enrolled in programs relating to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge or perspectives.
- Contribute to the management of university business through active participation on committees at Academic Group and College Levels as directed.
- Engage with, and contribute to, the relevant professional networks across the higher education sector to ensure best practice in embedding Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum is implemented at JCU.
- Enhance the visibility and reputation of JCU through active participation in public outreach activities as an individual and through participation in events organised by JCU.
- Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
- Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.
There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.
- The Lecturer is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
- The Lecturer is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
- The Lecturer is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.
- This position is a designated position for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Where an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is not immediately available to be appointed to this role, the position may be filled on a fixed-term basis for a period of five years. The position would then be readvertised at the completion of that period to determine if an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person can be recruited or transferred to the position.
- A current working with children ‘Blue Card’ is a requirement of this position except where applicable exemption applies as per Queensland legislation.
Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.
- Relevant masters or doctoral qualification or thesis under examination or equivalent accreditation and standing and scholarly outputs in relation to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and Indigenous Studies.
- Proven track record in relevant teaching specialist activities in an area related to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their interests.
- Proven experience in University teaching at undergraduate, honours and post-graduate levels.
- Demonstrated ability to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities.
- A flexible and constructive approach to work design and procedures.
- High-level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.