Lecturer; Teaching Specialist (Academic) - Government

Adelaide, Australia
21 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Feb 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 B

Salary Range:
$99,827 - $118,135 p.a.

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

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.

The Lecturer in Government will contribute to excellence in teaching and learning across the suite of Government topics in the College of Business Government and Law, which include Public Policy, Public Administration, International Relations and Comparative Politics.

The Lecturer in Government should have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Public Policy
  • Governance
  • Public Leadership
  • Social Inclusion & Gender Equality

The Lecturer in Government will be responsible for making an independent contribution to teaching and the scholarship of teaching using innovations in teaching practices and technologies to deliver excellence in teaching. Experience with online and blended teaching is an asset.

Applicants with an interest in the areas of digital governance and/or social impact are particularly welcome.

Key Position Responsibilities

This position is predominantly concerned with 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;
  • curriculum design and review; delivery innovation;
  • advancements in education technologies;
  • and making an independent contribution to maintaining internal and external compliance and accreditation of courses.

The position is also expected to make an independent contribution to high-quality university, professional and community service. The position does not include making a research contribution.


  • Create, coordinate and conduct inspiring teaching informed by approaches that enhance the student experience, with a focus on Government topics, across all levels and modes, of the College.
  • Contribute to the planning and evaluation of these topics, undertaking the role of Topic Coordinator as required.
  • Make an independent contribution to 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.
  • 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.

University, Professional and Service:

  • Participate in the College’s administrative activities such as membership of committees and working groups and attendance at College meetings.
  • Maintain professional knowledge relevant to teaching within their discipline through scholarship and professional development.
  • Engage 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 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 a PhD, or equivalent qualification in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated evidence of making an independent contribution to teaching and the scholarship of teaching at the discipline level, particularly in one or more of the focus areas outlined in the position summary (i.e., Public Policy, Governance, Public Leadership and Social Inclusion and Gender Equality), including involvement in topic coordination and curriculum development and teaching methodology at a tertiary level.
  • Demonstrated experience or capability to engage with innovative learning and teaching technologies for face-to-face, online and blended delivery.
  • Demonstrated contribution to leadership of curriculum reviews and accreditation activities.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to establish effective relationships with staff, students and industry.
  • Evidence of peer review of teaching and commitment to professional development in teaching.
  • Experience with engagement within a relevant external professional domain, including industry partners, and within a wider community context at local, national or international level
  • Consistent high evaluations by students of teaching with improvements shown
  • Demonstrated evidence of enhancing success for students including enhancing their retention and initiatives to facilitate their employability
  • Demonstrated effective cross-cultural communication skills, including the ability to liaise with and/or teach international students.

Further Information

For more information regarding this position, please contact: Associate Professor Rodrigo Praino

Prescribed Conditions of Employment: In addition, it is a requirement of this position that the incumbent maintain a current Child Related Employment Screening which is satisfactory to the University in accordance with the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA).

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.

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:

22 Feb 2022