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Sessional staff

Sessional staff play a vital role in the University and a number of services and resources have been developed to support staff.

Tutoring @ UniSA

Tutoring @ UniSA is a 3 hour workshop that has been developed specifically about tutoring skills and strategies. A website (UniSA staff logon required) has been developed which provides you with

Teaching @ UniSA

Teaching @ UniSA is an introduction to university teaching program for new academic staff.  Sessional academic staff in their second contract with the university (where these contracts are for greater than 13 hours per study period) are required to participate in this paid 25-hour development opportunity. The Schools determine which of their sessional academic staff they are able to support and provide regular lists of names of people to be invited into the program.

Planning for Success: Teaching active learning classes at UniSA

Planning for Success is a 50 page booklet that is a practical resource for all teaching staff that run active learning classes at UniSA (tutorials, practicals, workshops, seminars, studios, practical classes etc). The booklet includes:

A quick guide for sessional academic staff

The Human Resources Unit has developed a Quick guide for Sessional Academic Staff (PDF 473kb - download Adobe Acrobat)

The RED report: the contribution of sessional teachers to higher education

The RED (Recognition, Enhancement and Development) report presents the outcomes from an Australian Learning and Teaching Council project on the contribution of sessional teachers to higher education. The RED report and RED resource are available to download on the CADAD website.

The AUTC Sessional Teaching Website

An outcome of the 2002 AUTC Teaching large classes project was the recognition that the Australian higher education system is one of the most casualised industries in the employment market. In light of this, a second project was developed to focus on establishing guidelines and support mechanisms at the university level for policy development purposes, and at the organisational unit level (school and subject level) for the support and training of sessional teaching staff.

A major aim of the project was to provide a range of models of good practice at each level.

The specific aims of the project were to:

A comprehensive body of information has been obtained, literature reviewed and resources including case studies, guideline for good practice and checklists developed. All of the information and resources are available on the project site.

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