Staff Exchange

La Trobe University– Batchelor Institute staff exchange program

The LTU-Batchelor staff exchange pilot program will support higher education and research  academic staff exchanges between La Trobe University and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. Participating staff will undertake a tailored weeklong program of professional development in teaching and/or research.

For participating La Trobe staff, the exchange will focus on Indigenous knowledges, curriculum, research and student support. Participants will undertake their exchange at either the Batchelor (near Darwin) or Alice Springs campus. The program will be developed in collaboration with Batchelor staff.

Batchelor staff will have a program developed based on their specific needs and career goals. Programs may focus on teaching, research and leadership and will be developed with the assistance of the Graduate Research School and/or La Trobe Learning and Teaching. Exchanges may take place at the Bundoora (Melbourne), Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Shepparton campuses.

Timeline

  • Wednesday 26 April: Expressions of Interest open.
  • Monday 22 May: Expressions of Interest close.
  • Monday 29 May: Shortlisted and unsuccessful applicants are notified.
  • Monday 29 May - Friday 16 June 2017: Shortlisted applicants complete detailed application form.
  • Monday 10 July: Successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified.

More about Batchelor Institute

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education sits uniquely in the Australian educational landscape as the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dual sector tertiary education provider.

Under its ‘Both-ways’ philosophy, the Institute significantly provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens to a mainstream education system.

For further information see the Batchelor website.

Click here for information on research at Batchelor.

Click here for information about Batchelor’s collaborations with industry and community.

More about La Trobe University

The purpose of La Trobe University is:

'To serve the community of Victoria for the purposes of higher education, for the education, economic, social and cultural benefit of Victorians and for wider Australian and international communities, providing access to quality higher education to those from disadvantaged communities.'

Our research is among the world's best. We rank in the top two percent of the world’s 20,000 plus universities. La Trobe’s research places it within the top ten Australian universities and the top three in Victoria.

Click here for information about teaching and learning at La Trobe.

Click here for information about research at La Trobe.

FAQs

Who can apply?

All academics on continuing or fixed terms contracts. For Batchelor staff this is restricted to higher education and research academics. For La Trobe staff this includes academic staff who are not employed within either of the Colleges.

Staff wishing to undertake their exchange at the Batchelor campus will require a current full driver’s license.

Applicants must be available to undertake the exchange activity during 2017.


How many exchange places are there?

The program will support four short-term staff exchanges, two from each institution.


How does the application process work?

The application process has two stages.

Applicants will need to submit an Expression of Interest form by Friday 19 May 2017. Those that progress to the next round will be notified by 29 May and required to submit a full application by Friday 16 June 2017.

Please submit your Expression of Interest form to SOTL@latrobe.edu.au.

Click here to download the EOI form for Batchelor [DOC54KB]

Click here to download the EOI form for La Trobe University [DOC55KB]


What are the Selection Criteria?

Applicants in the Expression of Interest process are asked to provide a short overview of the activity they would like to undertake as part of the exchange and the potential benefit of this activity to themselves and their unit. A full plan for the exchange is NOT required at this stage of the process.

This information will be used to shortlist applicants who will then complete a full application and undertake an interview with the selection panel. The key selection criteria used by the panel in selecting the final participants will be:

  • The benefit of the proposed activity to the student and academic communities of Batchelor and La Trobe;
  • The benefit of the proposed activity to the participating staff member; and
  • The staff member’s demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds

What activities can I do if I select research?

  • Activities for research can include:
    • If the staff member is a current researcher, GRS can develop a plan/strategy to help them grow as a researcher or to develop a career plan
    • If the staff member is new to research, GRS can develop a plan/strategy on introduction to designing a research project etc.
    • Shadowing a researcher either within their discipline or in the field
    • Attending workshops and activities scheduled by Graduate Research School
    • Being involved in networking across the University. For example be involved in the Early Career Research Network (monthly)

Please note that all these activities are dependent on timing of the exchange. If research is selected, Melbourne (Bundoora) is the preferred campus as maximum support can be provided, followed by the Bendigo campus.


What activities can I do if I select teaching?

  • Activities for teaching can include:
    • SOTL seminars (monthly)
    • Self-paced modules and workshops for Teaching Awards, SOTL grants and publication and Teaching Scholars Development
    • Self-paced module introduction to digital teaching, constructive alignment, academic leadership, education design, teaching improvement in practice, peer observation program
    • Self-paced module and workshops/seminars for digital teaching and learning (including higher education teaching, higher education leadership and higher education curriculum), student feedback in subjects.


What will successful participants be provided with?

Participating candidates will receive a personalised staff exchange plan developed with the assistance of La Trobe and Batchelor staff.

The program covers the full cost of the exchange, including airfares, accommodation, transfers and expenses.


When will the exchange take place?

Exchanges will take place for a week in either September or October 2017. When organising timing, the successful applicant will be required to liaise with the partner institute to ensure the timing is appropriate for the purpose of their exchange.


What will I do on exchange?

La Trobe staff:

The exchange will focus on Indigenous knowledges, curriculum, research and student support. Participants will undertake their exchange at either the Batchelor or Alice Springs campus, depending on what they want to achieve and based on advice from colleagues at Batchelor. The program will be developed in collaboration with Batchelor staff.

Batchelor staff:

The exchange will be developed based on their specific needs and career goals. Programs may focus on teaching, research and leadership and will be developed with the assistance of the Graduate Research School and/or La Trobe Learning and Teaching. Exchanges may be take place at the Bundoora (Melbourne), Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Shepparton campuses.

For further information please contact SOTL@latrobe.edu.au