Associate Lecturer in Optometry

Location
Adelaide, Australia
Salary
$78,340 - $94,938 p.a.
Posted
23 May 2022
End of advertisement period
05 Jun 2022
Ref
JR0000004504
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
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:

Continuing

Position Summary

Availability:
Continuing | Full-Time

Compensation Grade:
Academic Level A

Salary Range:
$78,340 - $94,938 p.a.

Reports To:
Dean (People & Resources), or Delegate
College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Further Information:
We are currently seeking to fill this position with an Associate Lecturer or Lecturer in Optometry, aligned as either a Teaching Specialist (Academic) or (Clinical Practitioner)*.

This Teaching Specialist (Academic) or (Clinical/Practitioner) position, with its primary focus on teaching and teaching‐related activities drawing on contemporary/professional practice, 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 focused 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 Associate Lecturer in Optometry will be responsible for contributing to the preparation and delivery of the College’s Optometry topics using innovations in teaching practices and technologies, with support and guidance from a more senior academic staff member.

The Associate Lecturer may also be involved in teaching across other courses in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences or other Colleges. The Associate Lecturer will be required to contribute to strengthening existing partnerships or exploring new partnerships with external stakeholders that have the potential for providing improved teaching, learning and/or research outcomes for the University, with the support and guidance of a more senior academic.

The Associate Lecturer 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.

*The Associate Lecturer (Clinical/Practitioner) will also be expected to concurrently engage in practice as an Optometrist in a clinical or community setting to support maintenance of contemporary practice.

Key Position Responsibilities

Teaching Specialist (Academic)

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; utilising advancements in education technologies; and
  • making a contribution towards 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.

Teaching:

  • Create, coordinate and conduct lectures, tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, workshops and
  • assess students enrolled in Optometry topics of the College.
  • Contribute to the planning and evaluation of these topics.
  • Assist in the development of topic and course materials with appropriate guidance from Course Coordinators and/or Senior Academic Staff.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Teaching Specialist (Clinical/Practitioner)

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; utilising advancements in education technologies; and
  • making a contribution towards maintaining internal and external compliance and accreditation of courses.

Appointees bring recent, ongoing (concurrent) or extensive experience and knowledge of contemporary clinical/professional practice to the position. 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

Teaching:

  • Create, coordinate and conduct lectures, tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, work integrated learning encounters, workshops and assess students enrolled in optometry topics of the College, with a focus on clinical skills training and/or supervision of students undertaking work integrated learning.
  • Contribute to the planning and evaluation of these topics.
  • Assist in the development of topic and course materials with appropriate guidance from Course Coordinators and/or Senior Academic Staff.
  • 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, including clinical practice at the University’s multidisciplinary clinic and/or satellite clinics and a focus on opportunities that maintain clinical skills currency 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.
  • 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

Teaching Specialist (Academic)

  • As a minimum, satisfactory completion of 4 years tertiary study or equivalent qualification and experience in Optometry.
  • An Optometry qualification which enables registration by the Optometry Board of Australia or allows admission to the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) Competency in Optometry Examination.
  • Successful completion of a degree or commitment to complete another qualification (e.g. ACO Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics or equivalent) which enables scheduled medicines endorsement for registered optometrists in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Currently registered or eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an Optometrist.
  • Hold and maintain a current membership with Optometry Australia.
  • Evidence of teaching experience at a tertiary level within a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparation and delivery of curriculum.
  • Demonstrated experience in student assessment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of curriculum reviews and internal and external accreditation activities.
  • Evidence of effective use of innovations and technologies in teaching practices.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the nexus between teaching and learning, research, scholarship and practice.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, students and industry.
  • Evidence of upholding the values and ethos of the University.
  • Evidence of effective use of innovations in teaching practices and technologies (desirable).
  • Experience in development of international and short course teaching delivery or collaboration (desirable).
  • Advanced knowledge of course accreditation requirements for relevant area (desirable).

Teaching Specialist (Clinical/Practitioner)

  • As a minimum, satisfactory completion of 4 years tertiary study or equivalent qualification and experience in Optometry.
  • An Optometry qualification which enables registration by the Optometry Board of Australia or allows admission to the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) Competency in Optometry Examination.
  • Successful completion of a qualification which allows scheduled medicines endorsement for registered optometrists in Australia and New Zealand
  • Currently registered or eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an Optometrist.
  • Hold and maintain a current membership with Optometry Australia.
  • Relevant and contemporary clinical experience as an Optometrist.
  • Contemporary clinical experience as an Optometrist and an ability to maintain concurrently within or outside of this position.
  • Evidence of teaching experience at a tertiary level within Optometry, inclusive of simulation and/or clinical setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparation and delivery of curriculum, inclusive of within a clinical setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in student assessment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of curriculum reviews and internal and external accreditation activities.
  • Evidence of effective use of innovations and technologies in teaching practices.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the nexus between teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and practice.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, students and industry.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to fostering a positive workplace culture, and role modelling behaviours that support the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Evidence of upholding the values and ethos of the University.
  • Knowledge and experience in teaching optical dispensing and/or contact lenses (desirable)
  • Completion of a PhD or EdD or substantial progress towards a PhD or EdD in Optometry or related field (desirable).
  • Evidence of effective use of innovations in teaching practices and technologies (desirable).

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

Flinders University has introduced a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires all new staff members to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to medical exemptions.

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:

05 Jun 2022

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