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Working as an academic leader: identity, change and good practice

Intended audience

The workforce data on higher education forecasts an increasingly urgent need for Australian universities to develop capacity for learning and teaching amongst their staff. The challenges for the sector going forward are significant, particularly in terms of the need for innovation, responsiveness to shifting markets and demographics and resilence in the face of complex and multi-factorial change to the sector. Therefore, developing distributed and networked leadership capacity has benefits for institutions as well as individuals, with students being the ultimate beneficiaries.

This workshop is intended to facilitate an exploration of leadership identity, good practices and processes for leading change and being effective as a learning and teaching leader in higher education. It is aimed at university staff who are working, or intend to work, in a learning and teaching leadership role, including associate deans, course and program directors, faculty and school leaders and coordinators of learning and teaching initiatives, chairs of faculty or university education committees and academic developers.

The workshop is a collaboration between the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD) and HERDSA.

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify areas for professional learning and development
  • Discuss the key theoretical underpinnings of learning and teaching leadership
  • Explore ways to lead and implement sustainable change in learning and teaching policy and practice

Workshop description

The workshop will be interactive and engage participants in a range of activities to address the following questions.

  • What skills and knowledges are required to be a learning and teaching leader?
  • What are key challenges for learning and teaching leaders?
  • What methodologies and practices exist that can help me engineer sustainable change?
  • What are some examples of good practice?
  • What professional learning opportunities do I need?
  • What is my action plan for the future?

Facilitator biographies

  • Kylie Readman

    University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs


    Kylie Readman is the Director of the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she has been in leadership roles for over 10 years, working with a range of learning and teaching leaders, mentoring and facilitating leadership development for emerging leaders and advocating for distributed and networked approaches to learning and teaching transformation. Kylie has been involved in several OLT/ALTC grants including co-leading the commissioned grant ‘Shaping the 21st century student experience at regional universities’.

  • Jo McKenzie

    University of Technology Sydney, Sydney


    Jo McKenzie is Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She uses distributed leadership approaches in strategic university learning and teaching initiatives, including graduate attributes and the first year experience. She has been a leader or team member on eight ALTC/OLT projects, including leadership for course coordinators, leadership in research education coordination and the CLASS and BLASST projects on leadership for sessional staff.

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  • Key Dates
  • Call for Proposals Open 12 September 2016
  • Registration Opens 19 September 2016
  • Call for Refereed Paper Abstracts Closes 23 October 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance for Refereed Paper Abstracts 15 November 2016
  • Full Paper from Accepted Abstracts Due 6 February 2017
  • All Other Submission Types Due 20 February 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance for All Other Submission Types 10 April 2017
  • Early Bird Registration Extended till 12 May 2017
  • Pre-Conference Workshops 27 June 2017
  • HERDSA 2017 Conference 28 – 30 June 2017