HDR Academic Communication Specialist

Job no: 500346
Work type: Full Time
Location: Various locations
Categories: Various categories

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Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

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The Office

The Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research oversees the University's Higher Degree Research (HDR) Degrees, including the MRes and PhD program.

The Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) Higher Degree Research (HDR) Team is responsible for the management of all HDR students in the research and research training pathway programs for domestic and international candidates. It supports HDR candidates in their enrolment, progression and completion of their Research/Research Pathway Degrees.

The Role 

This unique and important position aims to fulfil the HDR skills strategy through leading the development of a strong culture of academic communication. Reporting into the Dean, Higher Degree Research and working closely with the FBE Associate Dean, Higher Degree Research, you will:

  • Develop an academic literacy program that supports quality academic communication with the aim of improving language skills and increasing written and oral English language performance to a standard which meets course requirements
  • Identify and assess academic literacy needs for FBE students looking at appropriate interventions and developing and delivering teaching materials and one on one or group support to improve language performance
  • Facilitate relationships between HDR candidates and the central HDR Support and Development team and also build and manage effective working relationships with candidates and academic supervisors

The role will also have a research and academic administrative/community engagement component.

Qualifications and Skills 

To be successful in this position you will demonstrate:

  • A strong understanding of academic literacy and learning skills in a higher education environment including the design, development and delivery of training (e.g. skill sessions and or workshops) and support materials
  • A track record of increasing student capability and performance through tailoring advice, guidance and feedback to different cultures where English is a second language
  • Effective skills in teaching English as a Second Language to students from a diverse range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position applications must respond to the selection criteria below and attach as a separate document in the application process:

  • A PhD in a discipline in the social sciences and experience in linguistics or/and English language teaching at PhD level. (A post graduate qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) is considered highly desirable)
  • Experience in the use and effective application of online learning technologies in an education environment
  • A good understanding of the academic language challenges facing students from backgrounds where English is a second language
  • Successful track record of designing and implementing a program of support for improving written and oral English in an academic setting
  • Research activity and/or demonstrated capacity to undertake research in a relevant discipline

For further information regarding this role please view the Download File Position Description

Salary Package: $85,845 p.a. (Level A, Step 6), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: full-time, 2 years fixed-term

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Nick Mansfield on nick.mansfield@mq.edu.au

General Recruitment Enquiries: Katherine Rodionoff, HR Consultant on katherine.rodionoff@mq.edu.au

Applications Close: Sunday 5 March 2017 at 11.55 pm

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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