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Indigenous Teaching and Learning Committee

About the committee

The Indigenous Teaching and Learning Committee is a specialist consultative forum providing strategic advice and guidance in relation to cross-university Indigenous teaching and learning matters. The Indigenous Teaching and Learning Committee reports to the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee.

2021 meeting dates

Monday 6 September
Thursday 2 December

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Location: via Zoom

Committee contact

Jenny Luong
Senior Governance Support Officer (Electoral Officer)
Tel: 02 9514 1235
Email: Jenny.Luong@uts.edu.au

Composition and membership

Composition Membership
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) (Chair) Professor Shirley Alexander
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) Professor Michael McDaniel
Associate Dean (Indigenous Teaching and Learning), Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) Associate Professor Annette Gainsford
Associate Deans/Directors (Indigenous) from each faculty, or where such a position does not exist, a senior Indigenous academic nominated by the Dean To be advised (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Professor Robynne Quiggin (UTS Business School and Faculty of Law)

Associate Professor Jason de Santolo (Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building)

Associate Professor Megan Williams (Faculty of Health)

Associate Professor Christopher Lawrence (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology)

Professor Chris Matthews (Faculty of Science)
Director, Institute for Interactive Media and Learning Jan McLean
Director, Indigenous Students and Community Engagement, Jumbunna Institute Maree Graham
Chair, Courses Accreditation Committee Professor Sara Denize
One Faculty Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), to be appointed by the Chair following an Expression of Interest process Professor Bem Le Hunte
An Indigenous Graduate Attribute Champion or equivalent from each faculty, as nominated by the Dean To be advised (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Associate Professor Chris Bajada (UTS Business School)

Associate Professor Jacqueline Gothe (Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building)

To be advised (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology)

Danielle Manton (Faculty of Health)

To be advised (Faculty of Law)

To be advised (Faculty of Science)
Two undergraduate or postgraduate coursework students (one Indigenous, one non-Indigenous), to be appointed by the Chair in consultation with the Associate Dean (Indigenous Teaching and Learning) following a call for expressions of interest To be advised
Co-opted Indigenous and/or non-Indigenous members on the basis of their skills and experience as appropriate

Terms of reference

The Indigenous Teaching and Learning Committee provides advice and makes recommendations on the development, implementation, quality assurance and monitoring of cross-university Indigenous teaching and learning strategies, processes and initiatives. It assists the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) with achieving Indigenous education commitments in the Indigenous Policy and Indigenous Education and Research Strategy 2019–2023.

The Committee in particular:

  1. provides advice and makes recommendations on cross-university Indigenous teaching and learning matters, including their impact on UTS policies, strategies, procedures and guidelines
  2. considers and makes recommendations regarding the development and expansion of Indigenous teaching and learning strategy, as aligned with broader UTS teaching and learning strategies and initiatives (such as Postgraduate.futures, enterprise learning, and microcredentials/other short forms of learning)
  3. plays a leading role in the oversight, implementation and monitoring of the Indigenous Graduate Attribute (IGA), by:
    1. providing advice and recommendations on university-wide protocols and procedures for the development and approval of Indigenous subjects and content
    2. recommending mechanisms to ensure the centrality of Indigenous consultation, participation and endorsement throughout the faculty IGA implementation process
    3. providing specialist academic advice on ensuring standardisation of the IGA across faculties, and sharing examples of best practice, and
    4. monitoring progression and quality of the Indigenous Graduate Attribute through consideration of regular (at least annual) IGA performance reports
    5. makes recommendations on and contributes to the development of strategies to ensure cultural safety in the teaching and learning environment (primarily in relation to Indigenous staff and students), including initiatives to increase the cultural capacity of non-Indigenous academic staff delivering Indigenous content
    6. monitors Indigenous student success, retention and completion trends, and makes recommendations on strategies to promote academic success and achieve parity of outcomes with non-Indigenous students
    7. makes recommendations in relation to enhancing and improving the Indigenous student experience, including the non-Indigenous student experience in the context of Indigenous teaching and learning
    8. makes recommendations on a range of measures to ensure the quality of Indigenous teaching and learning generally
    9. provides advice or action as appropriate on any relevant matters referred to it by the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee.

    Procedural matters

    Term of office

    The term of office for a member of the Indigenous Teaching and Learning Committee, other than an ex-officio member, will be two years for staff and one year for students.

    Review of membership

    The composition and membership of the Indigenous Teaching and Learning Committee will be reviewed periodically by the Chair in accordance with the procedures approved by the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Strategies Committee and amended from time to time.

    Quorum

    The quorum shall be one-half of the current members of the committee, if one-half is not a whole number, the next higher whole number shall be used.

    Vacant positions on the committee do not count toward the total membership of which one-half is required to reach a quorum.

    Frequency of meetings

    The Indigenous Teaching and Learning Committee meets at least four times per year.