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Teaching and Learning Committee

A committee of Academic Board

The Teaching and Learning Committee is a university-wide advisory and consultative committee, established by Academic Board. It deals with matters pertaining to the strategic planning, policy directions, quality, standard and integrity for teaching and learning in coursework programs as well as the development of the university’s teaching and learning culture and profile.

2018 meeting dates

Monday 5 February
Monday 5 March
Monday 7 May
Monday 9 July
Monday 13 August
Thursday 18 October

Time: 10am to 12pm, except for the Thursday 18 October meeting, which is scheduled from 2pm to 4pm
Location: Chancellery, room 26, level 4A, Building 1, Broadway (CB01.04A.26)

Committee contact

Lucille Paterson
Senior Governance Support Officer
Tel: 02 9514 1226
Email: Lucille.Paterson@uts.edu.au

Composition and membership

Composition Membership
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) as Chair Professor Shirley Alexander
Deputy Chair (Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) or equivalent nominated from committee membership) Professor Maryanne Dever
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Peter Scott
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement), or nominee Professor Susan Page (nominee)
Director, Institute for Interactive Media and Learning Associate Professor Jo McKenzie
Director, Planning and Quality Unit Martin Hanlon
Director, UTS International, or nominee Mychel Palamountain (nominee)
Director, Student Administration, or nominee Jacqui Wise
University Librarian, or nominee Michael Gonzalez
One Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) or equivalent from each faculty and the Graduate School of Health, nominated by the respective Deans Professor Maryanne Dever, Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Sara Denize, Business

Gavin Perin, Design, Architecture and Building

Associate Professor Rob Jarman, Engineering and Information Technology

Dr Lynn Sinclair, Health

Maxine Evers, Law

Associate Professor Peter Meier, Science

Associate Professor Alison Beavis, Transdisciplinary Innovation

Professor Kylie Williams, Graduate School of Health
Three members of academic staff (not necessarily members of Academic Board) elected by Academic Board Dr Mario Fiorini

Dr Katie Schlenker

Dr Amanda White
One undergraduate student elected by and from the undergraduate students of the university Charles Kekovich
One graduate coursework student elected by and from the graduate coursework students of the university Carlos El Ters

On the recommendation of the chair, the committee has the power to approve the co-option of members on the basis of their skills and faculty representation.

Terms of reference

The committee provides academic oversight for teaching and learning at UTS. The committee has responsibility for considering the following matters and making recommendations to Academic Board or the applicable decision-making authority, as specified in the UTS Rules, Delegations and policies:

  1. teaching and learning policies and guidelines, including developing, benchmarking, monitoring and reviewing teaching and learning policies and their effectiveness and monitoring the operation of the university’s teaching and learning governance instruments;
  2. teaching and learning strategy, including making recommendations on strategic priorities for teaching and learning; and monitoring and reporting on the achievement of strategic objectives against agreed targets;
  3. teaching and learning quality and performance, including:
    1. providing advice on the development of the university’s teaching and learning culture, communication and profile;
    2. enhancing and improving student experience, and encouraging excellence in teaching and learning through innovation and improvement, taking into account national and international benchmarks, use of emerging technologies and new approaches to teaching and learning;
    3. incorporating and receiving reports from a Curriculum and Cohort Review Advisory Group (CCRAG) for developing, overseeing, monitoring and reviewing the qualitative, and quantitative measures of evaluating performance and quality assurance in teaching and learning, and recommending actions to improve performance in, and quality of teaching and learning;
  4. teaching and learning integrity, including promoting, preserving and upholding academic integrity by providing advice on the supporting UTS governance instruments;
  5. academic staff development, including monitoring and reviewing academic staff development initiatives and their effectiveness; and
  6. teaching and learning risk management, assessing and monitoring risks to the teaching and learning activities, and reporting on these risks.

Membership term

The length of committee membership terms will be two years for staff and one year for students, consistent with the term of membership for elected members of Academic Board, including for co-opted members.

Number of meetings

Minimum of six scheduled meetings per year.

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.