SIDECARS: Support for Early Career Academics

July 22, 2008 § Leave a comment

SIDECARS stands for Support, Inspiration, & Development for Early Career Academics and Research Students.

The purpose of SIDECARS is to assist early career academics and research students who are course coordinators and lecturers at the Australian National University. Research Students who are asked to run a complete undergraduate course are often isolated, under-resourced, and under-prepared for the task they face. Newly appointed academics often find themselves in a similar position. SIDECARS helps to reduce that isolation, and provide much-needed resources and preparation, assisting participants in the transition from student to academic.

Activities in the project this year include: a recruitment drive focusing on research students/early career academics from across the university who are involved in course delivery. The drive will also encourage early career academics/research students who are involved in course delivery to be more active in feeding their skills/experience into the existing ANU teaching and learning framework.

We will also prepare, disseminate and collate a University-wide survey on the current situation, the well being and the ongoing teaching related needs of early career academics and research students involved in course delivery at the ANU and prepare a report on University-wide findings and implications of the survey. The report will be presented to the wider ANU community for discussion at an ANU Teaching Forum event. The presentation of the report would also form a second promotional event for the SIDECARS community.

The learning community will prepare a report on university wide findings and implications of the survey. The report will be presented to the wider ANU community for discussion at an ANU Teaching Forum event. The presentation of the report would also form a second promotional event for the SIDECARS community.

Who can join: Any ANU research student or early career academic.

How to join: Join SIDECARS under Alliance

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