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Professor in Innovative Education Futures

Adelaide, Australia
$200,073 p.a. 
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Academic Discipline
Education, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Professors / Chairs
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Continuing | Full-Time  
  • Academic Level E | $200,073 p.a. 
  • Location: Bedford Park / Kaurna Country  
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About the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

A true innovator in the field of education, Flinders University is committed to addressing the challenges of today’s fast-changing educational climate by working with industry. In alignment with this goal, the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work has a range of exciting new opportunities to join us in delivering our suite of world-class postgraduate education offerings, through four dynamic roles in Innovative Education Futures.

These positions in our academic team will see you play a pivotal role in delivering our reimagined postgraduate education suite. By focusing on impactful research and innovative approaches in teaching – in priority areas of STEM, digital technologies and artificial intelligence, and inclusive and specialised education – you will equip educators with the skills and knowledge to respond strategically to industry demands, and the confidence to make a meaningful impact on the teaching workforce of the future.  

About the Role 

The Professor of Innovative Education Futures is a newly created role and will provide academic leadership in research, teaching, industry, and community engagement in the discipline of Education. The successful candidate will particularly provide outstanding leadership with a focus on innovative education (early childhood to year 12) approaches in teaching and impactful research with a focus on one of the priority areas of STEM, Digital Technologies/Artificial Intelligence, Inclusive and Special Education.

As the successful candidate in this position, you will have a strong leadership role, actively mentoring Early Career Researchers and Middle Career Researchers, particularly contributing expertise in quantitative research using longitudinal and/or large data sets in educational (early childhood to year 12) research.

Some of the key responsibilities of the position are:

  • Leading and delivering impactful, ethical, high-quality, translational research related to innovative education futures utilising quantitative research methods including longitudinal and/or large data sets.
  • Securing external competitive research grants (Categories 1-3) and mentoring more junior academic colleagues including in relation to research grants, HDR supervision and producing high-quality publication. 
  • Supervising to completion Flinders research students including doctoral students in Education and grow the PhD cohort.
  • Contributing to administrative tasks as sought by the College leadership including play an active role in maintenance of academic standards and international teaching collaborations including leadership in relation to internal and external professional accreditation.

About You 

To be successful in this impactful role, you have acquired a distinguished international reputation in research in in one or more of the following priority areas: STEM, Digital Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Inclusive and Specialised Education based on quantitative research using longitudinal and/or large data sets in Future Educational contexts (early childhood to year 12). You have high-level skills in building strong relationships with other researchers and industry stakeholders, especially schools and government, to build capacity in our teaching and research practice.

Some of the key position capabilities of the role include:

  • Demonstrated evidence of recent high-quality leadership and expertise of teaching and learning at tertiary level which supports student success and inspires excellence in colleagues, including in international delivery and/or collaboration.
  • Significant experience in curriculum development and teaching methodology for topics and programs of study, including reviews and internal and external accreditation activities.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the supervision of honours and research higher degree students.
  • Significant 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.
  • A demonstrated strong track record of establishing effective research collaborations with external national and international partners.

Life at Flinders 

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world. 

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders? 

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options 
  • Flexible working arrangements 
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services 
  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff 
  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care services, gym and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia). 

Our Commitment to Reconciliation and Indigenous Employment 

Flinders University is proud to be an organisation that is committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Workforce Strategy. Our vision is to be a preferred employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  We are committed to progressing Indigenous advancement in education, research, employment, and wellbeing, and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all Flinders vacancies. 

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position. 
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy  
  • It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent maintain a current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University in accordance with the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA).  

How to Apply and Information 


Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

17 Dec 2023

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless.

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