Topic: Resilience

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

Building confidence in teaching

I have worked in clinics as a nursing educator and in management roles. Before starting at this regional campus, I planned to retire but then I was offered and took on a part-time academic role. That was more than four … More…

Doing what is important

This experienced Unit Coordinator of architecture does little research but rather, focuses on nurturing this students’ creativity. He gets good feedback from his students so is left alone and can pretty much please him self. More…

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Sustained by passion

Keeping subjects alive by implementing student feedback, entertaining them with stories and keeping the spoken word simple are keys to engaging the students of this Unit Coordinator who leads units set in early modern history. More…

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Positively impacting on students

Originally from overseas, this coordinator in building and construction has found it difficult to adjust to the operational anomalies he has encountered. Nevertheless, he gains great satisfaction from the positive impact he has on his students. More…

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No-one dies here

As a clinician and leader in a previous role, this Unit Coordinator applies the skills learnt then to this role. She provides practical and useful advice. More…

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Giving heart and soul to students

This university was known as a teaching only institution until five years ago when the emphasis became more focussed on research.  This is good for me, because I love research in my subject area of applied mathematics, for which I … More…

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Coping with an unhelpful predecessor

This Unit Coordinator recounts the horror of starting in her role without any support and sharing of materials from her predecessor. She offers helpful advice to new coordinators starting out. More…

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Consumed by the role

This Unit Coordinator and sub dean took an active interest in her university’s policies and became sought after for her expertise. She learnt from a good leader how to be one and grew in confidence and creativity. More…

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Stepping into a challenging role

As Director of a student support centre, this academic highlights the challenges he initially faced in the role. While his varied responsibilities sometimes hamper his research goals he manages to maintain a research profile. More…

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Working at the cutting edge

While strong support for teaching and learning is now offered at this Unit Coordinator’s university it was not the case when he first arrived. Over time technology and collegiate networks have strengthened to better support all teaching staff. More…

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Teaching on short term contracts

After many years at his university this Unit Coordinator remains on contract employment. He describes his pleasure in working with previously unseen material, introducing different teaching strategies and recognising research opportunities. More…

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