Senate Learning and Teaching committee

Senate Learning and Teaching committee

The Senate Learning and Teaching Committee (the Committee) is responsible for working with the Academic Senate, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and the Executive Deans of Faculty to establish an academic culture of excellence in which teaching matters and students are actively engaged in their learning. In this regard, its activities serve to evaluate and foster the development and implementation of research-inspired, evidence-based and student-focused learning and teaching practices throughout the University.

The Committee is responsible for driving the discussion and dissemination of the learning and teaching policies of the University, for consulting broadly within the University community on these matters and for recommending the adoption of such policies to Senate. While it is not in itself an audit body, it is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the University's learning and teaching policies and procedures. Furthermore, it is responsible for advising Senate and the wider University on the interpretation of learning and teaching policy and for reviewing and revising those policies to respond to new educational and regulatory challenges.

The Committee is also tasked with identifying and responding to emerging educational challenges (both internal and external), with promoting pedagogical excellence and with encouraging the adoption of good practice in scholarly learning and teaching across the University.

Terms of Reference

Approved by Academic Senate Standing Committee 4 August 2015
Amended by Academic Senate Standing Committee 28 July 2016

The Senate Learning and Teaching Committee (SLTC - the Committee) was established by the Academic Senate of Macquarie University (the University) in May 2007 under Rule 1(3) of the Academic Senate Rules 2007, and is directly responsible and accountable to Academic Senate for the exercise of its responsibilities.

This Terms of Reference sets out the objective, role and responsibilities, tenure, authorisations and rules of operation of the Committee.

1. Objective

The Committee is responsible for advising and assisting Academic Senate in regard to the University's strategic directions, priorities, policies, and quality assurance processes for learning and teaching. The Committee is tasked with promoting an academic culture of excellence in which teaching matters and students are actively engaged in their learning. This includes establishing principles of student selection and admission, progression, retention, assessment, academic integrity, the learning and teaching environment, and academic aspects of the student experience. Its activities serve to foster and evaluate the development and implementation of research-inspired, evidence-based and student-focused learning and teaching practices throughout the University.

2. Role and responsibilities

The Committee is to:

  1. Advise Academic Senate and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on:
    1. Matters relating to the University's educational programs and activities;
    2. Activities of bodies established within the University to support learning and teaching;
    3. Strategic planning and quality enhancement in learning and teaching, most particularly by providing input into the University's strategic plans as they relate to learning and teaching;
    4. Developments in learning and teaching, including the implications of changes in educational technology, and on emerging educational challenges (both internal and external);
    5. External regulatory requirements, such as the Higher Education Standards Framework, and on their alignment with the University's policies and procedures in learning and teaching.
  2. Regularly review the University's policies, procedures and frameworks governing learning and teaching and recommend any necessary amendments to Academic Senate for approval*;
  3. Identify the need for the development of new policies, procedures and frameworks to govern learning and teaching, oversee their development, and recommend their introduction to Academic Senate for approval*;
  4. Monitor and review key performance indicators in learning and teaching, with reference to both internal and external benchmarks;
  5. Monitor, provide advice, and make recommendations to Academic Senate on the implementation and effectiveness of policies and procedures in learning and teaching, and ensure alignment with external regulatory requirements;
  6. Receive regular reports from, and provide advice to, the Faculties, University Library, Macquarie University International College, and the PACE Office in regard to learning and teaching matters;
  7. Promote pedagogical excellence and adoption of good practice in scholarly learning and teaching across the University;
  8. Receive, consider, and decide upon matters referred to it by its Learning Technologies Subcommittee;
  9. Contribute to the development and maintenance of those aspects of the University's academic risk register that relate to learning and teaching;
  10. Request the Faculties or Offices of the University to report on their activities as they relate to the responsibilities of the Committee;
  11. Consider and report on any matters referred to it by Academic Senate, from time to time, as required.

* under Academic Senate rule 11(1)

3. Membership

In accordance with Clause 22 of the Standing Orders for Committees of Academic Senate, the Committee shall have a membership which is appointed by the Chair of Academic Senate in consultation with the Academic Senate Standing Committee, which comprises:

  • The Chair of the Committee 
    • Dr Mitch Parsell
  • The Chair or Deputy Chair of Academic Senate
    • Professor Jacqueline Phillips
  • The Deputy Chair of the Committee (drawn from the membership of the Committee)
    • Associate Professor Peter Keegan
  • Up to five (5) ex-officio members
    • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) - Professor John Simons
    • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students & Registrar) - Deidre Anderson
    • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) - Professor Sherman Young
  • One (1) member nominated by the Executive Dean of each Faculty
    • Associate Professor Peter Keegan - Faculty of Arts
    • Professor Leigh Wood - Faculty of Business & Economics
    • Dr David Kaplan- Faculty of Human Sciences
    • VACANT - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
    • Dr James Downes- Faculty of Science & Engineering
  • One (1) member nominated by the Faculty Board of each Faculty
    • Associate Professor Jane Messer - Faculty of Arts
    • Dr Shane Magee - Faculty of Business & Economics
    • Dr Helen Slatyer - Faculty of Human Sciences
    • Associate Professor Mark Hancock - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
    • Associate Professor Steve Cassidy - Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Members of Academic Senate
    • Dr Wylie Bradford
    • Dr Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan
    • Dr Yvonne Breyer
    • Associate Professor Ayse Bilgin
  • Up to (4) members in a specialist capacity
    • Nominee of the University Librarian - Susan Vickery
    • Director of PACE - Lindie Clark
    • Director of Campus Wellbeing & Support Services - Darren Peters
    • Nominee of Macquarie International - Kate Roth
  • At least one (1) student member
    • Simon Populin, Academic Senate Student Representative
  • Up to three (3) co-opted members as required
    • Director or nominee from Macquarie University International College - Mirjana Jovancevic
    • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) nominee of staff from the Learning Innovation Hub - Dr Tanya Rose

4. Tenure

  1. The term of appointment of all members, shall be two (2) years, unless otherwise stated by the Chair of Academic Senate.
  2. The Chair of Academic Senate may renew any such term of appointment, in consultation with the Academic Senate Standing Committee.

5. Authorisations

The Academic Senate shall, from time to time, resolve to grant the Committee specific authorisations to discharge its delegated responsibilities. The Committee may request the granting of such authorisations as it sees fit. All such authorisations shall be documented here.

6. Rules of operation

The Committee shall conduct its business subject to the Standing Orders for Committees of Academic Senate.

Members

  • Dr Mitch Parsell (Chair)
  • Deidre Anderson
  • Associate Professor Ayse Bilgin
  • Dr Wylie Bradford
  • Dr Yvonne Breyer
  • Associate Professor Steve Cassidy
  • Lindie Clark
  • Dr James Downes
  • Associate Professor Mark Hancock
  • MIrjana Jovancevic
  • Dr David Kaplan
  • Associate Professor Peter Keegan
  • Dr Shane Magee
  • Associate Professor Jane Messer
  • Dr Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan
  • Darren Peters
  • Simon Populin
  • Dr Tanya Rose
  • Kate Roth
  • Professor John Simons
  • Dr Helen Slatyer
  • Susan Vickery
  • Professor Leigh Wood
  • Professor Sherman Young
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