Theme: Isolation

Working in a ‘silo’ structure within a university department or faculty can create a sense of isolation for university unit coordinators.

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Developing sessional staff

This coordinator supervises 30 sessional staff. To engender a consistent pedagogical approach with students she approached the T & L unit to develop a training program, which engaged staff strongly. Feeling isolated arises from work in a specialist area and limited collaboration opportunities. More…

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How Heads of School may help

Heads of School can help Unit Coordinators by helping with quality issues, managing sessional staff and facilitating collegiality. More…

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Isolation – Quick Tips

     Below are some quick tips for the challenges associated with the theme Isolation.  The tips are itemised in dot form and are unashamedly simplistic, but are included to meet the just in time needs of busy academics.  There … More…

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Leading not managing

After many years this Unit Coordinator remains convinced that teaching is undervalued and unsupported in her university. Alone she introduced innovation into her units and sees herself as a leader in her discipline. More…

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Organised chaos

When she reflects upon her role this coordinator thinks ‘organised chaos’, labour intensity and the variety of abilities and skills she requires to perform all aspects of the role. She sees the time spent with staff as important to develop and support them. As a specialist she feels professionally isolated and worries about the rigour of developing a unit on her own. More…

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Seeing myself differently

A young but experienced coordinator of a unit in education is a reflective practitioner and open to continuous learning. She owns up to her mistakes, and has overcome them through building collegial networks, being disciplined about her time and demonstrating a more relaxed attitude. More…

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