Associate Professor / Professor and Head of Anatomy and Histology

Adelaide, Australia
16 Sep 2021
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13 Oct 2021
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 or E

Salary Range:

Lev D: $146,208 - $160,854 pa

Lev E: $187,708 pa

Reporting to:

Professor and Matthew Flinders Fellow

This Teaching Specialist (Academic) 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.

Associate Professor (Level D)

The Associate Professor will foster a culture of innovation and creative solutions through original and distinguished contributions to scholarship and teaching excellence which is recognised nationally and or internationally. The Associate Professor will be a senior member of the academic staff in the area of Anatomy, Histology and Pathology in the College. In addition to leading quality educational endeavours, the incumbent will, under broad supervision, provide leadership in the planning and delivery of topics within the suite of programs, including development of teaching materials, delivery of lectures/tutorials or other innovative teaching and learning strategies, examinations.

The Associate Professor will make a significant contribution to the development and implementation of teaching in neuroanatomy, functional anatomy, gross anatomy and microscopic anatomy across the range of programs offered by the College, including the Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Medical Science courses, and actively enhance the academic profile of the discipline of anatomy, histology and pathology for the College of Medicine and Public Health and the University.

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

The incumbent will prioritise, coordinate, monitor workflow and provide informal day-to-day feedback to academic staff within the discipline, casual staff, professional and research support staff according to the University's policies, practices and standards.

Professor (Level E)

The Professor will provide sustained strategic leadership and direction in delivering excellence in teaching and learning across neuroanatomy, functional anatomy, gross anatomy, dissection and microscopic anatomy across the range of programs offered by the College, including the Doctor of Medicine Program and Bachelor of Medical Sciences courses. The Professor will foster a culture of innovation and creative solutions through original and distinguished contributions to scholarship and teaching excellence which is recognised internationally.

The Professor will also make a significant contribution to leadership and managerial activities of the College and/or University and be recognised for their contribution to the profession at the local, national and international level.

Key Position Responsibilities

This position is predominantly concerned with providing leadership and direction related to 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; educational leadership; curriculum design and review; delivery innovation; advancements in education technologies; and leadership in ensuring internal and external compliance and accreditation of courses. The position is also expected to make a leadership contribution to high-quality university, professional and community service, which may extend from the local level to national or international.  The position does not include making a research contribution.

Associate Professor (Level D)


  • Providing sustained leadership in teaching programs, primarily within Anatomy, Histology and Pathology.
  • Making an outstanding high-quality personal contribution to scholarship of teaching and community service through original and innovative contributions and sustained publications within high quality publications.
  • Provide leadership in inspiring and innovative teaching informed by approaches that enhance the student experience.

University, Professional and Service:

  • Playing a significant leadership role in the College/University and make a significant contribution to leadership at the national and/or international level within Anatomy, Histology and Pathology.
  • Provide leadership in College internal and external quality assurance and accreditation processes.
  • Leading, supervising and participating in high performing multi-disciplinary teams 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.

Professor (Level E)


  • Direct strategic innovations in the review, renewal, development and design of curricula and courses that are attractive to existing and new cohorts of students and that nurture creativity and critical-thinking skills.
  • Create, coordinate and conduct inspiring teaching informed by approaches that enhance the student experience, with a focus on anatomy and histology topics, across all levels and modes of the College.
  • Influence strategy for the planning and evaluation of these topics, undertaking the roles of Topic Coordinator and Couse Coordinator or other strategic roles as required.
  • 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.
  • Provide educational leadership and dissemination of best practice, ensuring awareness and utilisation of contemporary education principles.
  • Engage in coaching, mentoring, supervising student projects; research higher degree supervision as an Adjunct Supervisor.

University, Professional and Service:

  • Undertake leadership and managerial level administrative activities as determined by the Dean, People and Resources.
  • Undertake a leadership and managerial role to mentor and foster excellence amongst colleagues and involve industry mentors in academic and professional development activities.
  • Provide strategic advice and a leadership contribution towards activities relating to internal and external compliance and professional accreditation of courses.
  • Maintain professional knowledge relevant to teaching within their discipline through scholarship and professional development.
  • Engage and provide significant leadership 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 leadership in, coordination of, development of and/or leading international activities including student mobility programs, internationalisation of curricula and ensuring the relevance of curricula to international students or that enhance intercultural skills development in students.
  • Provide high quality contribution to community service 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.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

Associate Professor (Level D)

  • Completion of a PhD, or equivalent qualification.
  • Demonstrated evidence of a distinguished and active track record of teaching expertise in Anatomy (including dissection), Histology and Pathology at tertiary level, including a leadership role in national / international delivery and /or collaboration
  • 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 experience in curriculum development and teaching methodology for topics and programs of study, including reviews and internal and external accreditation activities.
  • Demonstrated experience with engaging and developing flexible methods to deliver teaching programs such as through e-learning platforms and other communications technologies.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the supervision of students.
  • Demonstrated contribution to the discipline and/or profession within a relevant external professional domain and within a wider community context at local, national and international level.
  • 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.

Professor (Level E)

  • Completion of a PhD and/or qualifications relevant to the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology.
  • Evidence of a strong understanding and application of pedagogical theory and contemporary educational practice relevant to the discipline.
  • Demonstrated evidence of active teaching expertise in dissection of human bodies.
  • Significant and sustained evidence of excellence in teaching performance of Anatomy and Histology at a tertiary level, inclusive of the relevant professional setting with evidence of a distinguished personal contribution.
  • Significant and sustained evidence of leadership in the successful development, delivery and evaluation of learning and teaching innovations across disciplines, both in the classroom and in the professional education setting.
  • Demonstrated evidence of sustained capability of providing a distinguished contribution to scholarship in teaching through participation in teaching and learning strategies and in professional development in higher education teaching.
  • Evidence of management of a teaching program including ability to lead a team of academics and mentor such individuals in the delivery of innovation and excellence in teaching.
  • Significant leadership of academic quality at course/program level.
  • Evidence of successful use of e-learning technologies.
  • A demonstrated track record of establishing effective teaching collaborations with cross-University or external partners.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, collaborative and communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, students and industry.
  • Leadership of international teaching delivery or collaboration (desirable).

For application enquiries please contact: Dr Jayanthi Jayakaran

Please note: 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.

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 11:59pm:

13 Oct 2021

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