Topic: Collegiality

Stories from Australian academics in unit coordination roles that touch on the topic of collegiality.

Thrown in at the deep end

Thrown in at the deep end in the beginning led this coordinator to take any courses on offer to improve performance. He enjoys the responsibility, autonomy and authority of the role and being in control. However, as his role is primarily teaching he feels less valued as an academic because of the value placed on research. More…

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Micromanaging unit coordinators

Limited induction provided for new academics has led this coordinator to assist them. Her own learning was by trial and error. The T & L centre assists with policies. She feels valued but has issue with the limited recognition of time spent on unit coordination. There are workload discrepancies, which are not seen as fair. More…

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Someone else can organise It

Working in the Health Sciences in a new position, this coordinator created a unit and curriculum from scratch, well supported by colleagues. He sees assessment as problematic in respect to strategy and marking consistency because student numbers are large. He would like to see improved communication between colleagues to reduce his feelings of isolation. More…

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