Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Coffs Harbour, Australia
01 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time


The School of Health and Human Sciences is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Psychology. The successful applicant will have a doctoral qualification in Psychology or related area, and experience in teaching, research, administration and other relevant scholarly activities at the tertiary level. The position plays a central role in the delivery of teaching including quantitative and qualitative research methods, and statistics. The School encourages applications from candidates with relevant research interests in the areas of health psychology, and/or exercise, sport, and performance psychology.

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 clinical exercise physiology, diabetes education and management, midwifery, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, osteopathy, pedorthics, podiatry, psychology, speech pathology, and sport and exercise science.

The School is based across three campus 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 successful applicant will undertake a range of activities including but not limited to: course coordination, unit coordination, teaching, development of teaching related materials and curriculum development. The appointee is also expected to supervise research students (undergraduate and postgraduate), contribute to the research profile of the School by actively engaging in research, and contribute to the administration of the School.

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. A doctoral qualification in Psychology or a related area.
  2. Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching psychology students within a university setting.
  3. Knowledge and experience in teaching quantitative and qualitative research methods, and univariate and multivariate statistics.
  4. Demonstrated experience in the use of contemporary educational technologies and proven, practical experience in delivering psychology material in blended and online environments including digital interactive content delivery.
  5. Demonstrated experience in academic administrative functions associated with the delivery of psychology or related courses/units, including course coordination.
  6. A track record in scholarship and research, within the areas of health psychology, and/or exercise, sport, and performance psychology, as evidenced by publication output, grant applications and supervision of honours/ higher degree research (HDR) candidates.
  7. Evidence of participation in and contribution to relevant professional bodies and/or community groups and commitment to regional engagement.
  8. High level interpersonal skills, including the ability to work within a multidisciplinary team, and to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
  9. Proven capacity for innovation and adaptability and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
  10. Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and a working knowledge of equity and workplace health and safety principles in the workplace.


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.

Level C

A Level C academic will make a significant contribution to the discipline at the national level. In one or more categories of scholarship he or she will make original contributions, which expand knowledge or practice in his or her discipline.

A Level C academic will make a significant contribution to the scholarship and administration activities of an organisational unit or an interdisciplinary area at undergraduate, honour and postgraduate level. He or she will play a major role or provide a significant degree of leadership in scholarship and/or professional activities relevant to the profession, discipline and/or community and may be required to perform the full academic responsibilities of and related administration for the coordination of a large award program or a number of smaller award programs of the institution.

A Level C academic will make independent and original contributions to one or more categories of scholarship, which have a significant impact on his or her field of expertise. The work of the academic will be acknowledged at a national level as being influential in expanding the knowledge of his or her discipline. This standing will normally be demonstrated by a strong record of published work or other demonstrated scholarship activities. A Level C academic will normally provide leadership in research training and supervision.

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


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.
  • Implement University WHS procedures for rehabilitation management.


Name: Professor Peter Hassmen, Professor
Phone: +61 2 6659 8040       
Email: peter.hassmen@scu.edu.au


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

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