Schedule 5: minimum standards for academic levels (MSALS)

Schedule 5: minimum standards for academic levels (MSALS)

SCHEDULE 5: MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ACADEMIC LEVELS (MSALS)

S5.1 Introduction

This Schedule sets out the minimum standards for academic levels A to E. The levels are differentiated by:

(a) level of complexity;

(b) degree of autonomy;

(c) leadership requirements of the position; and

(d) level of achievement of the academic.

Individual responsibilities of an Academic Staff may vary according to the specific requirements of the University to meet its objectives, different discipline requirements, different expectations of a particular job family and/or Staff development needs.

Academics appointed to a particular level may be assigned and expected to undertake responsibilities and functions of any level up to and including the level and job family to which they are appointed or promoted. In addition, they may undertake elements of the work of a higher level in order to gain experience and expertise consistent with the requirements of the University’s promotion processes.

S5.2 Teaching and Research Academic Staff

Level A

A Level A teaching and research academic will work with the support and guidance from more senior Academic Staff and is expected to develop their expertise in teaching and research with an increasing degree of autonomy. A Level A teaching and research academic will normally have completed four years of tertiary study or equivalent qualifications and experience and may be required to hold a relevant higher degree.

A Level A teaching and research academic will normally contribute to teaching at the University, at a level appropriate to the skills and experience of the Staff Member, engage in scholarly, research and/or professional activities appropriate to their profession or discipline, and undertake administration primarily relating to their activities at the University.  The contribution to teaching of Level A teaching and research academics will be primarily at undergraduate and graduate diploma level.

Level B

A Level B teaching and research academic will undertake independent teaching and research in their discipline or related area. In research and/or scholarship and/or teaching a Level B teaching and research academic will make an independent contribution through professional practice and expertise and coordinate and/or lead the activities of other Staff, as appropriate to the discipline.

A Level B teaching and research academic will normally contribute to teaching at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level, engage in independent scholarship and/or research and/or professional activities appropriate to their profession or discipline. They will normally undertake administration primarily relating to their activities at the University and may be required to perform the full academic responsibilities of and related administration for the coordination of an award program of the University.

Level C

A Level C teaching and research academic will make a significant contribution to the discipline at the national level. In research and/or scholarship and/or teaching they will make original contributions, which expand knowledge or practice in their discipline.

A Level C teaching and research academic will normally make a significant contribution to research and/or scholarship and/or teaching and administration activities of an organisational unit or an interdisciplinary area at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level. They will normally play a major role or provide a significant degree of leadership in scholarly, research and/or professional activities relevant to the profession, discipline and/or community and may be required to perform the full academic responsibilities of and related administration for the coordination of a large award program or a number of smaller award programs of the University.

Level D

A Level D teaching and research academic will normally make an outstanding contribution to the research and/or scholarship and/or teaching and administration activities of an organisational unit, including a large organisational unit, or interdisciplinary area.

A Level D teaching and research academic will make an outstanding contribution to the governance and collegial life inside and outside of the University and will have attained recognition at a national or international level in their discipline. They will make original and innovative contributions to the advancement of scholarship, research and teaching in their discipline.

Level E

A Level E teaching and research academic will provide leadership and foster excellence in research, teaching and policy development in the academic discipline within the University and within the community, professional, commercial or industrial sectors.

A Level E teaching and research academic will have attained recognition as an eminent authority in their discipline, will have achieved distinction at the national level and may be required to have achieved distinction at the international level. A Level E teaching and research academic will make original, innovative and distinguished contributions to scholarship, researching and teaching in their discipline. They will make a commensurate contribution to the work of the University.

S5.3 Research Academic Staff (inclusive of creative disciplines)

Level A

A Level A research academic will typically conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision either independently or as a member of a team and will normally hold a relevant higher degree.

A Level A research academic will normally work under the supervision of Academic Staff at Level B or above, with an increasing degree of autonomy as the research academic gains skills and experience. A Level A research academic may undertake limited teaching, may supervise at undergraduate levels and may publish the results of the research conducted as sole author or in collaboration. They will undertake administration primarily relating to their activities at the University.

Level B

A Level B research academic will normally have experience in research or scholarly activities, which have resulted in publications in, refereed journals or other demonstrated scholarly activities.

A Level B research academic will carry out independent and/or team research. A Level B research academic may supervise postgraduate research students or projects and be involved in research training.

Level C

A Level C research academic will make independent and original contributions to research, which have a significant impact on their field of expertise.

The work of the research academic will be acknowledged at a national level as being influential in expanding the knowledge of their discipline. A strong record of published work will normally demonstrate this standing or other demonstrated scholarly activities.

A Level C research academic will provide leadership in research, including research training and supervision.

Level D

A Level D research academic will make major original and innovative contributions to their field of study or research, which are recognised as outstanding nationally or internationally.

A Level D research academic will play an outstanding role within the University, discipline and/or profession in fostering the research activities of others and in research training.

Level E

A Level E research academic will typically have achieved international recognition through original, innovative and distinguished contributions to their field of research, which is demonstrated by sustained and distinguished performance.

A Level E research academic will provide leadership in their field of research, within the University, discipline and/or profession and within the scholarly and/or general community. They will foster excellence in research, research policy and research training.

S5.4 Teaching and Leadership Academic

Level A

A Level A teaching and leadership academic will work with the support and guidance from more senior Academic Staff and is expected to develop their expertise in teaching with an increasing degree of autonomy. A Level A teaching and leadership academic will normally have completed four years of tertiary study or equivalent qualifications and experience and may be required to hold a relevant higher degree.

A Level A teaching and leadership academic will contribute to teaching at the University, at a level appropriate to the skills and experience of the Staff Member, or professional activities appropriate to their profession or discipline, and undertake administration primarily relating to their activities at the University.  The contribution to teaching of Level A teaching and leadership academics will be primarily at undergraduate and graduate diploma level.

They may be required to participate in accreditation processes and support assurance of learning under the guidance of more senior Academic Staff.

Level B

A Level B teaching and leadership academic will undertake independent teaching in their discipline or related area. In teaching a Level B teaching and leadership academic will make an independent contribution through professional practice and expertise and coordinate and/or lead the activities of other Staff, as appropriate to the discipline.

A Level B teaching and leadership academic will normally contribute to teaching at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level, engage in independent scholarship and/or and/or professional activities appropriate to their profession or discipline. They will normally undertake administration primarily relating to their activities at the University and may be required to perform the full academic responsibilities of and related administration for the coordination of an award program of the University.

They will normally be required to participate in accreditation processes and support assurance of learning.

Level C

A Level C teaching and leadership academic will make a significant contribution to learning and teaching in the discipline. In teaching and they will innovate, which expand knowledge of practice in their discipline.

A Level C teaching and leadership academic will normally make a significant contribution to teaching and administration activities of an organisational unit or an interdisciplinary area at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level. They will normally play a major role or provide a significant degree of leadership in scholarly and/or professional activities relevant to the profession, discipline and/or community and may be required to perform the full academic responsibilities of and related administration for the coordination of a large award program or a number of smaller award programs of the University.

They will have responsibility for coordinating accreditation processes and overseeing assurance of learning.

Level D

A Level D teaching and leadership academic will normally make an outstanding contribution to the teaching and teaching and administration activities of an organisational unit, including a large organisational unit, or interdisciplinary area.

A Level D teaching and leadership academic will make an outstanding contribution to the governance and collegial life inside and outside of the University. They will make original and innovative contributions to the advancement of teaching in learning and teaching in their discipline.

They may have responsibility for leading accreditation processes and demonstrating leadership in assurance of learning.

Level E

A Level E teaching and leadership academic will provide leadership and foster excellence in teaching and policy development in the academic discipline within and external to the University.

A Level E teaching and leadership academic will have attained recognition as an eminent authority in their discipline, may have achieved distinction at the national level or international level. A Level E teaching and leadership academic will make original, innovative and distinguished contributions to teaching in their discipline. They will make a commensurate contribution to the work of the University.

A Level E will have responsibility for leading accreditation processes and demonstrating leadership and excellence in assurance of learning.

S5.5 Technical/Industry/Commercial Academic

Level A

A Level A technical/industry/commercial academic will typically conduct teaching and/or research activities and technical or commercial activities under limited supervision either independently or as a member of a team and will normally hold a relevant higher degree.

A Level A technical/industry/commercial academic will normally work under the supervision of Academic Staff at Level B or above, with an increasing degree of autonomy as the academic gains skills and experience.

A Level A technical/industry/commercial academic may undertake limited teaching, may supervise at undergraduate levels and/or may publish the results of the research conducted as sole author or in collaboration. They will undertake administration primarily relating to their activities at the University and establish links with industry, government or one’s profession or discipline outside of the academy.

Level B

A Level B technical/industry/commercial academic will normally have experience in research activities which have resulted in publications in, refereed journals or other demonstrated scholarly activities and/or undertake independent teaching in their discipline or related area and make an independent contribution through professional practice and expertise and coordinate and/or lead the activities of other Staff, as appropriate to the discipline. In addition, they will have experience undertaking technical or commercial activities.

A Level B technical/industry/commercial academic may carry out independent and/or team research.  A Level B research academic may supervise postgraduate research students or projects and be involved in research training.

They will engage with established links with industry, government or one’s profession or discipline outside of the academy to facilitate knowledge exchange, research translation or student engagement in practice.

Level C

A Level C technical/industry/commercial academic will make independent and original contributions to research which have a significant impact on their field of expertise and/or in teaching will make original contributions, which expand knowledge or practice in their discipline. In addition, they will independently undertake technical or commercial activities.

The work of the technical/industry/commercial academic will be acknowledged at a national level as being influential in expanding the knowledge of their discipline. Where research is applicable, a strong record of published work will normally demonstrate this standing or other demonstrated scholarly activities.

A Level C technical/industry/commercial academic will provide leadership in research and/or teaching, including research training and supervision or coordination of a large award program or a number of smaller award programs of the University.

They will manage sustained relationships with industry, government or one’s profession or discipline outside of the academy which lead to outcomes such as participation in government or industry consulting or policy development, research development and establishing student links with relevant industrial, commercial or professional sectors.

Level D

A Level D technical/industry/commercial academic will make major original and innovative contributions to their field in teaching and/or research and play a leading role in technical and/or commercial activities.

They will undertake research which is recognised as outstanding nationally or internationally or make an outstanding contribution to teaching and administration activities of an organisational unit, including a large organisational unit, or interdisciplinary area.

Where research is applicable, a Level D technical/industry/commercial academic will play an outstanding role within the University, discipline and/or profession in fostering the research activities of others and in research training.

They will demonstrate leadership in managing sustained and valuable industry or government engagement or engagement with one’s own discipline or profession outside the academy, that contributes to research outcomes, student placements and the reputation of the University.

Level E

A Level E technical/industry/commercial academic will typically have achieved international recognition through original, innovative and distinguished contributions to their field of research and/or teaching and in their technical or commercial activities.

A level E academic will demonstrate sustained and distinguished research performance and/or provide leadership and foster excellence in teaching and policy development in the academic discipline within the University and within the community, professional, commercial or industrial sectors.

They will be nationally recognised for sustained and durable partner engagement, may provide mentorship to the academy on engagement strategies with industry government and community and provide exceptional leadership within one’s own discipline or profession.

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