Lecture/Senior, Medical Education, Student Support and Professional Practice

Townsville, Australia
03 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Lecturer, Medical Education / Student Support and Professional Practice contributes substantially to the provision of academic support services for students in the Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program, and also takes a lead role in the development and delivery of major components of the Professionalism curriculum of the MBBS.

This role will liaise closely with Year and Module convenors and the College Academic Services team to ensure appropriate student support and learning outcomes are delivered. This role will also liaise closely with the Chair of Foundation Studies and the Chair of Clinical Studies regarding the delivery and renewal of the Professionalism curriculum.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Lead and coordinate, in collaboration with academic and professional staff, the development and delivery of programs and activities to support the orientation, progression and transition of MBBS students.
  2. Manage a caseload of MBBS students at academic risk or with personal difficulties.
  3. Develop and conduct lectures, workshops and assessments to improve student engagement, lifelong learning, professionalism and self-care.
  4. Contribute to ongoing scholarship of teaching and learning and research activities in areas related to student success, orientation, transition and engagement.
  5. Contribute to work unit meetings, membership of committees and other extracurricular activities, and provide input into the development and updating of College academic guidelines and procedures.
  6. 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.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  8. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to travel within the relevant region and to other College locations which may include overnight stays and out of hours work.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. A Masters or PHD qualification in a relevant discipline such as psychology, counselling, social work or other health related field.
  2. Demonstrated experience with university learning management systems, technology-enhanced learning methods and teaching delivery to large cohorts.
  3. Demonstrable experience and success in research mentoring and supervision.
  4. Demonstrated high level communication skills with experience in relating to a range of stakeholders, ability to write effectively and competency in the use of information and communication technology.
  5. Demonstrated high-level organisational and time management skills and an ability to work effective within teams and independently as required.
  6. Extensive experience in university student affairs, student services, counselling or professional academic advising.


  1. Experience with processes and systems used at JCU such as Blackboard learning management system, Research Online, Mediasite lecture capture system.
  2. A qualification in a health professional discipline registerable in Australia.
  3. Experience in the provision of health care in regional and rural locations.

To be appointable at ACAD C level, the following criteria will also apply:

  1. A record of research, publications and conference presentations relevant to the College of Medicine & Dentistry strategic priorities.
  2. A strong record of teaching in undergraduate and/or postgraduate health professional education with evidence of teaching quality.

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