Criteria for assessment and selection of tutors to teach Core Curriculum Units

  1. Minimum of a Masters’ degree and/or demonstrable equivalent experience* as outlined in the Higher Education Standards Framework Domain 3: Teaching and ACU’s Policy on Discipline Expertise within Courses.
  2. Demonstrable ability to support and enhance the mission of the university through the teaching  of the Core Curriculum.
  3. Evidence of teaching ability and the capacity to engage students positively and constructively in learning.**
  4. Ability to engage and respond to the needs of multidisciplinary student cohorts.
  5. Demonstrable ability to work  effectively as part of a team.
  6. Ability and/or willingness to learn to use educational technologies in Higher Education (e.g. learning management systems) and to participate in academic processes related to teaching, e.g. marking and moderation.

Desirable criterion (for teaching International Core Curriculum)

  1. Evidence of cross-cultural teaching and/or international professional experience.

* Demonstrable equivalent experience may include but is not limited to: evidence of sustained community development, experience in the following fields: allied health, business development studies, campus ministry, education, government policy, global studies, humanities, international law, philosophy, theology.

** Evidence of teaching ability includes completion of the first introductory unit of the ACU Graduate Certificate in Higher Education or equivalent. Teaching evaluations by students will be considered for those wishing to teach subsequent offerings of the Core Curriculum.

Process for assessment and selection of staff to teach Core Curriculum

Continuing and fixed term academic staff should first confer with their Head of School (HoS) about possible assignment to teach in the University Core Curriculum units within the context of their overall academic workload allocation. Any offer of teaching load must be made in consultation with the HoS.

Assessment and approval of academic staff to teach Core Curriculum is made by the respective Executive Dean, while assessment and approval of professional staff to teach Core Curriculum is made by the Provost and Chair of the Academic Board.

Approval of all staff to teach internationally is made by the Provost upon assessment of the International Core Curriculum Minor Review Sub-Committee.
All staff members are supported to teach Core Curriculum through the provision of professional development and moderation activities.

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Page last updated on 17/12/2019

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