Principal Tutor - International Education

Melbourne, Australia
09 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
22 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School of Culture and Communication
Faculty of Arts

Salary: $69,148 - $93,830 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 9.5% superannuation

The School of Culture and Communication offers a range of transnational programs in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences including Global Media and Communication, Marketing Communications, Arts and Cultural Management, Publishing and Editing, Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, and Art Curatorship. This position in the School of Culture and Communication aims to strengthen capacity and engagement, with regard to curriculum, student-academic interaction, and teaching our cohort of international students. The Arts and Cultural Management and Global Media and Communications programs have more than 50% international students and the School aims to both better equip staff with the knowledge required to respond to this student population, and to offer specific support for students.

As Principal Tutor—International Education, your primary focus will be to identify and support the needs of international students, and assist staff with curriculum design and advice. You will be expected to contribute to teaching excellence within the discipline, by advising on and fostering best practice in the coordination of subjects, preparation and conduct of lectures and tutorials and related assessment, as well as offering one-to-one and group consultations and workshops with students.

Reporting to the SCC Director of Graduate Studies and other staff leading the graduate degrees, the applicant would be expected to evaluate the key initiatives with which he/she will be involved and prepare reports for the School Executive. The Principal Tutor—International Education will also receive mentoring in the teaching qualities important for an academic career. We are seeking to appoint a person who has appropriate academic qualifications; teaching experience, as well as some relevant industry or international experience.

In this role you will be expected to:

  1. improve knowledge of pedagogic models for integrating international students into our teaching and graduate cohort more effectively;
  2. assist teaching staff to respond effectively to the needs of this student cohort, by preparing curriculum resources and teaching plans that encourage international students to participate more actively;
  3. work with Subject coordinators to plan and develop assessment tasks that are constructively aligned with the teaching aims of the subject and appropriate for a multicultural student cohort, and to encourage students to develop an advanced proficiency with a range of communications forms (including visual, digital, literary etc);
  4. engage with international students in graduate programs, including those in the PhD cohort, by offering informal and formal opportunities to meet, such as workshops, in order to develop writing and speaking confidence;
  5. develop a bespoke engagement program for international students (including a welcome event and induction within the School and tours of relevant cultural organisations or events);
  6. manage a buddy scheme and/or other social events for international students;

The aim of this role is to help deliver quality learning outcomes to international students, to ensure GPAs achieved by international students are improved, and to strengthen the graduate cohort experience. These aims align with the priorities of the School of Culture and Communication.

We have identified several measures to evaluate the success of this initiative including surveys; monitoring of international student results, new approaches to internship preparation, and teaching and learning outcomes; and mapping the degree of confidence with which this cohort interact with the School and its programs.

Close date: 22 Aug 2017

Position Description and Selection Criteria

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