Professor; Teaching Specialist (Academic) - Criminology

Adelaide, Australia
14 Dec 2021
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31 Jan 2022
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 E

Salary Range:
$187,708 pa

Reporting to:
Dean, People and Resources (or delegate)
College of Business, Government and Law

This Teaching Specialist (Academic) position, with its primary focus on teaching and teaching-related activities, 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.

The Professor will provide sustained strategic leadership and direction in delivering excellence in teaching and learning across the suite of Criminology topics and courses in the College of Business, Government and Law. 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 high level leadership, management 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.


  • 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 Criminology 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

  • Completion of PhD with relevance to cybercrime and cyber-based systems, prevention of serious crime, sparing use of criminal justice mechanisms, or other related field.
  • Recognised academic standing as an eminent authority in the discipline area, providing leadership and fostering excellence in teaching and the scholarship of teaching.
  • Significant experience with making original, innovative and distinguished contributions to teaching and learning and the nexus of teaching with scholarship and research.
  • Significant leadership in providing curriculum reviews and internal and external accreditation activities.
  • A track record of providing sustained leadership to the discipline contributing to outstanding teaching.
  • Significant experience in a leadership role in international delivery and or collaboration.
  • Have played an active and significant role with the maintenance of academic standards and in the development of educational policy and curriculum in the discipline.
  • 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 and scholarship.
  • Evidence of an outstanding ability to work collaboratively across an organisation and with external partners towards the development of shared projects and initiatives.
  • A track record of significant contribution to the discipline and /or profession within a relevant professional domain and within a wider community context at local, national and international level which complement the activities of the College.
  • Consistent excellent evaluations by students of teaching and course management with improvements shown
  • Demonstrated evidence of enhancing success for students including demonstrated development of initiatives to enhancing their retention and initiative to facilitate their employability.
  • Demonstrated effective cross-cultural communication skills, including the ability to liaise with and/or teach international students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the application of quantitative methodologies (desirable).

For further information regarding this position, please contact: Professor Michael Gilding

Prescribed Conditions of Employment: If you are required to work in any capacity, incidental or not, in a health care setting or other setting identified within a government direction issued pursuant to the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA) or Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (NT) you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of your vaccination as a condition of your employment.

Flinders University Closure Period: Please be advised that Flinders University will be on mandated closure from Monday, 20 December 2021 until Friday, 7 January 2022. All enquires regarding vacancies during that time will be answered as soon as possible once staff are back on-site.

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:

31 Jan 2022