University of Technology, Sydney

Voting: Teaching and Learning Committee special election — election of academic staff

Election of one academic staff member
Term one year: 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022
Electorate Only members of the 2022 Academic Board can vote in this election
(UTS General Rules, Rule G3-22(1)(h)).
Ballot opens Thursday 18 November 2021
close Thursday 2 December 2021 at 3pm
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Candidates in ballot paper order

Candidates’ statements

Katie Schlenker

I am an Associate Professor in the Management Department in the UTS Business School. I have previously held positions as the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and subsequently, Deputy Head (Teaching and Learning) for the Management Department. In both positions, I have led activities designed to support academics in delivering high quality, student-oriented teaching programs and learning practices.

In 2017, I served as an academic staff representative on the Teaching and Learning Committee of Academic Board. I would welcome another chance to serve on this important committee, especially to contribute now to discussions around the future of learning and teaching in line with UTS2027. I will bring to the role a passion for learning and teaching matters as well as a commitment to represent the academic voice in discussions surrounding the University’s strategic directions for learning and teaching.

Lana McClements

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Science and a subject coordinator for Medical Biotechnology and Biobusiness. My substantial experience in developing both undergraduate subjects and postgraduate courses, as well as effective supervision of Honours degree students will enable me to make quality contribution to the initiatives of the Teaching and Learning committee.

The approach I take to teaching is based on blended learning pedagogical models that is research-inspired and inquiry-based hence facilitating personalised and life-long learning aligned with UTS 2027 vision for teaching and learning. I provide students with opportunities to work effectively within diverse teams, think independently, use their initiative and be creative.

As an inaugural member of Teaching and Learning Committee, I look forward to learning and playing an active role in strategic planning and decision making at the University level, hence contributing to high quality and standard of teaching and learning at UTS.

Amanda Wilson

No candidate statement provided.

Alice Loda

My name is Alice Loda and I am a Lecturer in International Studies and Global Societies in FASS. I am an expert in multilingualism, migration and textuality. I have a genuine passion for learning and teaching, and I am fully committed in conceptualising, exploring, and piloting innovative, technology-enhanced, and inclusive pedagogies. I have been myself an international student in Australia, and I believe this experience has provided me with important insights which I am very willing to share. I am also a carer of two young girls and a committed researcher.

If elected I aim to develop a specific focus on sustainability and scalability of teaching innovations, as well as on personalised and lifelong learning experiences. I will bring to the committee my expertise in working in international and multilingual contexts, my enthusiasm for socially-engaged innovative projects, and a desire to give meaningful contributions to our academic community.

Gabriela Quintana Vigiola

I have been in UTS since 2012 as an academic in School of Built Environment from Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. Since then, I have built strong relationships with colleagues withing DAB and other faculties in UTS, and I have embraced, adopted, and championed the T&L initiatives, models, and approaches.

Professionally and personally, I’m committed to strategic change and to the development and delivery of high-quality teaching approaches, guidelines, and directions. As a Teaching and Learning Committee member, I would advocate for the advancement of innovative teaching and learning, as well as the strengthening of fair and equitable benchmarks to assess our T&L quality. In this committee position, I would also contribute to the revision and future progress of the university’s T&L strategic directions keeping our students and our practice-oriented perspective at front.

Gregory Martin

Gregory is passionate about improving systems and cultures to drive innovation in learning and teaching. It’s a passion that informs all aspects of his role, including research, e.g., as a non-Indigenous ally on an ARC project titled Indigenous Persistence in Formal Learning. He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and Director of a newly launched suite of OPM courses including the Master of Education (Learning and Leadership). Gregory belonged to a team awarded a UTS Learning and Teaching Award: Team learning.futures Award in 2018. Prior to this, he was Director of the Teaching Technologies Innovation Support Unit in FASS where was responsible for ensuring consistency and collaboration across academic programs in 3 schools. He has experience teaching across courses comprised of diverse cohorts of students including at Jumbunna. He has a reputation for leading change through approaches that are participatory and student-centred.

Bernard Saliba

I am a lecturer and early-career researcher within the School of Public Health. Since the initiation of the Bachelor of Health Science degree in 2016, I have contributed to its success through the design, development and coordination of a number of subjects, all of which were on the 2019 list of commendable subjects across UTS for having ‘Excellent’ Overall Ratings. In 2020, I received a High Commendation (Early Career Teaching) for inspiring and motivating Health Science students through teaching, developing a career-focused program, and organising the annual Health Science Amazing Race which has promoted a sense of belonging and connectedness among four cohorts thus far. With your support, I believe my addition to this committee will be of great value as I bring a wealth of knowledge in innovative pedagogical methodologies – many of which are needed in today’s fast-evolving world of higher education.

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