Associate Professor (Early Childhood Education)

Adelaide, Australia
11 Jun 2021
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27 Jun 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full 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, full-time

Compensation Grade:
Academic Level D

Salary Range:
$143,623 - $171,199 pa

Reporting to:
Dean People and Resources (or Delegate)

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

The Associate Professor will be a senior member of the academic staff and lead in the area of Early Childhood Education. They will have expertise in one or more of the following areas of Early Years Mathematics, HASS, Multimodal Literacies, the Arts and/or Early Years (0-5) Theories, Pedagogy and Assessment. In addition to leading quality research endeavours, the incumbent will, under broad supervision, provide leadership in the planning and delivery of topics within the Early Childhood suite of programs, including development of teaching materials, delivery of lectures/tutorials or other innovative teaching and learning strategies, examinations and may be involved in placement education.

The incumbent may also be involved in teaching across other courses in the College or other Colleges, where appropriate.

The incumbent will be required to provide leadership in strengthening existing partnerships or exploring new partnerships with external stakeholders (including at the international level) that have potential for providing improved teaching, learning and/or research outcomes for the University.

The incumbent will be involved in leading high-quality research, including attracting competitive research grants and other sources of funding, publishing manuscripts in high impact journals, mentoring of early-career researchers and supervision of research higher degree students.

The incumbent 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

The Associate Professor is accountable for:

  • Providing sustained leadership in teaching programs, primarily within Early Childhood Initial Teacher Education with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Early Years Mathematics, HASS, Multimodal Literacies, the Arts and/or Early Years (0-5) Theories, Pedagogy and Assessment.
  • Making an outstanding high-quality personal contribution to research and community service through original and innovative contributions, obtaining competitive research grants from outside the University and sustained publications within high quality publications.
  • Playing a significant leadership role in the College/University and make a significant contribution to leadership at the national and/or international level within Early Childhood Education.
  • Providing leadership in inspiring and innovative teaching informed by approaches that enhance the student experience.
  • Undertaking active leadership in ethical, high quality and innovative research through activities such as scholarship, quality publication, external grant acquisition, mentoring and developing early career researchers, supervision of students undertaking complex WIL, Honours and/or Research Higher Degrees  and deliver high quality presentations that aligns with the College areas of research strength and focus.
  • Providing leadership in College internal and external quality assurance and accreditation processes.
  • Leading, supervising and participate in high performing multi-disciplinary teams with an education and research focus and contribute to the development of a respectful, trusting and collaborative working environment.
  • Developing, establishing and maintaining strategic relationships and networks with a range of stakeholders including industry and professional associations and organisations, nationally and/or internationally.
  • Providing leadership to the integration and management of aspects of the academic and administrative life of the College.
  • 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

  • Completion of a PhD or EdD or equivalent qualification in a relevant field and recognition of academic standing at a national or international level in the discipline area.
  • Current registration or eligibility for registration with the South Australian Teachers Registration Board.
  • A strong understanding of pedagogical theory and contemporary educational practice relevant to Early Childhood Education, particular 0-5 years, with expertise in one or more of the following curriculum areas: early year Mathematics, HASS, Multimodal Literacies and/or the Arts.
  • Demonstrated evidence of a distinguished and active track record of teaching expertise in relevant area at tertiary level.
  • Demonstrated evidence of innovation in teaching to support students in order to maximise their learning.
  • Evidence of educational leadership relevant to teaching and learning in higher education and demonstrated experience leading innovation and inspiring excellence amongst colleagues.
  • Significant demonstrated understanding and experience of curriculum reviews and internal and external accreditation activities.
  • An established national reputation and emerging international research reputation in an area of strategic research focus for the College evidenced by sustained high quality publications with evident senior authorship contribution and attraction of several competitive external research grants in the last 5 years.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the supervision of higher degree research students in the past 5 years.
  • Proven evidence of peer-reviewed independent research, and a record of scholarly or professional achievement in the past 5 years.
  • A demonstrated strong track record of establishing effective research collaborations with external national and international partners in the past 5 years.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated evidence of the ability to develop, establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, students and industry.
  • Evidence of upholding the values and ethos of the University.
  • Significant demonstrated experience at a senior level in curriculum design, implementation and evaluation. Demonstrated evidence of innovation in teaching to support students in order to maximise their learning.
  • Significant experience with e-learning and simulation platforms for teaching purposes (Desirable).

For application enquiries please contact: Associate Professor Kerry Bissaker

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

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:

27 Jun 2021