Opportunities for Senior Staff
UniSA’s approach to learning and professional development for senior staff involves a series of interlocking activities which acknowledges the relationship between individual, group and whole of organisation development. Activities include
- provision for individual development, facilitated by the University’s Performance Management process.
- executive Coaching Program, provided by McPhee Andrewartha offering confidential advice and coaching on issues such as leadership, planning and management. The Coaching program, which had been in operation with the Senior Management Group since 1999, was extended to Heads of School, Directors and Division Managers in 2001, and then to Deans in 2002.
- Contextual Awareness seminars to engage senior staff in learning and discussions about the environment in which UniSA operates
- support of learning through networking and collaboration. This involves support for collegial groups where learning is undertaken with peers. UniSA has fostered the establishment of collegial groups of Heads of School, Directors of Units and Division Managers. These groups meet regularly throughout the year and come together annually for 2-day retreats where they identify areas for shared exploration and peer development. Support for other groups is currently being considered.
2009 SENIOR STAFF SEMINARS
Higher Degree Research: trends within the contemporary Australian
Presented by Professor Mandy Thomas, Pro Vice Chancellor: Research, Australian National University (ANU)
On Monday 29 June Professor Mandy Thomas, Pro Vice Chancellor: Research at the Australian National University (ANU) gave a presentation to UniSA Heads of School, Directors of Research Institutes, Deans: Research and a select group of other senior staff on: Higher Degree Research: trends within the contemporary Australian context.
The presentation discussed the new national focus on lifting the quality
of HDR training through high quality students, supervision, facilities,
professional skills development programs and assessment. Questions addressed
included: What is the changing role of the PhD in the global setting? Can we
better prepare our HDR graduates for the diverse careers they will
encounter? What is best-practice globally for HDR training?
Professor Mandy Thomas' PowerPoint presentation is attached for your reference - Higher Degree Research: trends within the contemporary Australian context (pdf 88kb - download Adobe Acrobat)
Professor Mandy Thomas has broad research and research training
responsibilities which include Higher Degree Research (HDR), Research
Integrity and Equity.
Professor Thomas is a member of both the University's Education and Research
Committees, and works closely together with Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor
Robin Stanton, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) Professor Elizabeth Deane,
and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Lawrence Cram, in developing the
University's strategic approach to Research and Education. She is also the
Chair of ANU's Human Research Ethics Committee.
Mandy Thomas took up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor at ANU in November
2006. Prior to this she worked for the Australian Research Council as
Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts and as the co-ordinator of
the Discovery Projects scheme. An anthropologist by training, she has
published widely on political and social change in Vietnam, Asian cultural
production, migration and regional cultural traffic.
Details of workshops, seminars and development opportunities available to senior staff can be found each month in the section of the website called Development at a glance.