Associate Lecturer/ Lecturer in Speech Pathology/Teaching Scholar

Gold Coast, Australia
27 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The University’s School of Health and Human Sciences is seeking to appoint an Associate Lecturer/ Lecturer in a Teaching Scholar role with a focus on Professional Experience Learning in the discipline area of Speech Pathology. The position will contribute to clinical education coordination, management and assessment for students on placement and support teaching in clinical education units and other units of study.

The School of Health and Human Sciences provides an exciting and innovative learning environment and works with individuals, families and communities in order to meet their health needs and requirements. The School is distinctive for its multidisciplinary understanding of client care, commitment to the prevention of disease and promotion of healthy lifestyles, and working with Indigenous colleagues to develop culturally appropriate models of care. The School offers fields of study across a broad range of health-related professions including biomedical science, clinical exercise physiology, diabetes education and management, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, osteopathy, pedorthics, podiatry, psychology, speech pathology, and sport and exercise science.

The School supports degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as postgraduate research degrees. An evidence-based approach to education is promoted across the curricula. The School has a strong track record in research and provides research training at Honours, Masters and PhD levels.

Working closely in Bachelor of Speech Pathology, with the Group Lead of Allied Health and Midwifery, the Professional Experience Team and members of the speech pathology team, allied health teams and industry partners, the appointee will ensure the delivery of a high standard of innovative, learner-centred undergraduate education that is cognisant of professional standards, and the philosophy and aims of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology curriculum.

The successful applicant will be responsible for liaison between clinical facilities and the University. They will work proactively to ensure the continued quality and growth of placement opportunities for students, to ensure learning outcomes are achieved, and assure access and equity and the quality of student placements. They will design and deliver orientation and support programs for clinical teachers, clinical facilitators and/or fieldwork supervisors who are responsible for student learning whilst on clinical placement. 

Acting as a point of contact for clinical teachers and clinical facilitators, the role also involves monitoring student progress whilst on placement and providing guidance on assessment and support for students. The applicant is expected to maintain professional engagement and participate in scholarship related to clinical placement education and student learning.

The successful applicant will have expertise in professional experience learning in a clinical setting, demonstrate leadership capability, and have a strong background in speech pathology clinical practice. The successful applicant may be required to travel between all University campuses in order to undertake their duties.


Ideally, the appointee should possess the following qualifications, skills, abilities and experience:

  1. Masters level qualification in relevant field (Level B), or progress towards the same (Level A) with a minimum 5 years recent post graduate experience.
  2. A qualification in higher education teaching and learning practice, or willingness to complete.
  3. Demonstrated experience in the use of contemporary educational technologies and proven, practical experience in delivering speech pathology material in blended and online environments including digital interactive content delivery.
  4. Current registration as a Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia or eligible to register.
  5. Knowledge of professional competency standards and quality assurance processes.
  6. Recent clinical practice experience and proven excellence in evidence based practice.
  7. Demonstrated experience in practice based education.
  8. Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal communication including written communication.
  9. Proven ability to demonstrate leadership to members of a team.
  10. A capacity for adaptability and flexibility and a rapidly changing environment.
  11. Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and a working knowledge of equity and WHS principles in the workplace.


Level A

A Level A academic will work with the support and guidance from more senior academic staff and is expected to develop his or her expertise in one or more categories of scholarship with an increasing degree of autonomy. A Level A academic will normally have completed four years of tertiary study or equivalent qualifications and experience and may be required to hold a relevant higher degree.

A Level A academic will be required to contribute to one or more categories of scholarship at the institution, at a level appropriate to the skills and experience of the staff member, and/or engage in professional activities appropriate to his or her profession or discipline, and undertake administration primarily relating to his or her activities at the institution. The contribution to teaching of Level A academics will be primarily at undergraduate and graduate diploma level.

A Level A academic will typically conduct scholarship activities under limited supervision either independently or as a member of a team and will normally hold a relevant higher degree. A Level A academic will normally work under the supervision of academic staff at Level B or above, with an increasing degree of autonomy as the academic gains skills and experience. Depending on their qualifications, a Level A academic may supervise research students and may publish the results of research conducted as sole author or in collaboration. He or she will undertake administration primarily relating to his or her activities at the institution.

Level B

A Level B academic will be required to engage in one or more categories of scholarship on an independent or team basis in his or her discipline or related area. A Level B academic will make an independent contribution through professional practice and expertise and coordinate and/or lead the activities of other staff, as appropriate to the discipline.

A Level B academic may be required to contribute to the scholarship of teaching at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level, engage in independent research and/or professional activities appropriate to his or her profession or discipline. He or she will normally undertake administration primarily relating to his or her activities at the institution and may be required to perform the full academic responsibilities of and related administration for the coordination of an award program of the institution.

A Level B academic may be required to supervise postgraduate research students or projects. A Level B academic would normally have experience in scholarship activities, which have resulted in publications in refereed journals or other demonstrated scholarship activities.

For further information go to the University’s Minimum Standards for Academic Staff.


Teaching scholars will provide a high standard of teaching and learning, educational design and delivery, and leadership in the area of teaching and learning. They will contribute to the scholarship of teaching and engage in professional activities relevant to their profession or discipline. Teaching scholars will also be expected to undertake relevant community engagement and University service.

Work Requirements

  • A working with children check is required for this position.
  • Evidence of current Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertussis, Varicella and Hepatitis B vaccinations.


All University employees must comply with the requirements of:

  • The University’s Code of Conduct;
  • University laws, rules and policies; and
  • All relevant federal and state legislation, rules and regulations.


  • Comply with the University's workplace health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and instructions to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others at the University.
  • Take corrective action to eliminate hazards at the workplace, or report those beyond their control to their immediate supervisor.
  • Cooperate with the University to enable compliance with the relevant state WHS legislation and regulations.


Name: Dr Jacqui Yoxall, Acting Group Lead - Allied Health and Midwifery

Phone: + 61 7 55893224



Name: Dr Chris Plant, Course Coordinator - Speech Pathology

Phone:+61 7 5589 3378



This position may attract relocation assistance. See the Relocation Assistance Policy for more details.

To apply for this position, please click the relevant vacancy Apply button, which will redirect you to the online SCU job application form.

Your application must include a completed online application form, quote the Vacancy ID, systematically address the selection criteria, and include a CV, list of publications, and the names, email and phone number of two confidential referees. For further assistance go to Applying for a Position.

Do not include copies of your degrees, diplomas, certificates, academic transcripts etc, with your application.  If your application is successful you will be required to provide the originals of your qualifications when you commence.

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  • School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Information for Applicants
  • SCU at a glance
  • Why work at SCU?

Please note that applications close at 9:00am AEST on the closing date. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.

The University is committed to equal opportunity, workplace health and safety and cultural diversity.

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