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Voting: Academic Board — election of academic staff members (levels A, B and C)

Election of four academic staff members (levels A, B and C) to Academic Board (no more than two from any one faculty)
Terms begin from 1 January 2018 and last for either two or three years (see term of office)

Any academic staff member (continuing or fixed-term at levels A, B or C) can vote in this election (Rule G3-24(1)(h)).

Restrictions: Undergraduate students, postgraduate students and postgraduate research students who are also members of academic or professional staff of the University (either continuing or fixed term) are not entitled to vote in this election (Rule G3-24(2)).
Ballot opens Tuesday 7 November 2017
closes Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 3pm
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Candidates in ballot paper order

Candidates' statements

Lynn Sinclair

Lynn Sinclair RN PhD joined the Faculty of Health in February 2017. She currently coordinates undergraduate (Professional Identity) and postgraduate (Specialty Clinical Practice (SCP)) nursing subjects and an undergraduate midwifery subject (Complex Care of the Newborn). She is working with the Postgraduate.Futures team to re-design SCP, developing and coordinating the new BN subject Leadership for Beginning Practice and will contribute to the introduction of genomics into the curriculum. She secured both a Blended Learning Grant and an Internal Research Grant in 2017.

Lynn has extensive experience in clinical practice, education, research integrity and policy development and has held many leadership positions. She is the current President Elect of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, chair of the society’s policy committee and executive member of the Interdisciplinary Maternal Perinatal Australasian Collaborative Trials (IMPACT) Network. At UTS, Lynn is a member of the faculty’s Patient and Public Involvement working party.

Helen Lu

Haiyan (Helen) Lu is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Software, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. She has experience in being a member of Faculty Board, a member of Senior Lecturer Promotion Committee and other various committees. She has been playing an important role in improving the research project program for the IT Master by course work students. Helen would like to bring her collective expertise to Academic Board particularly to help strengthen the capacity and quality of research training for Master by course work students.

Cat Kutay

I am lecturing in the Faculty of Engineering and IT in the Professional Practice Program and the Software Development Studio.

I am interested in promoting and improving university teaching through experiential learning implementing social constructivism. This work can be improved through research and experimentation across disciplines and with support of the Academic Board to ensure the process supports the collecting of evidence.

I value the industry focus of UTS courses, but also hope our students will develop critical thinking to manage the changing employment market, and the present epoch of escalating fluctuations in social and physical environments.

UTS also promotes Indigenous knowledge in our teaching and I will promote Aboriginal approaches of narrative teaching, tacit knowledge sharing, sustainable practises for resources management and a deep knowledge of cyclic factors and patterns. This engages our students in this unique and provides them with a deep understanding of these issues.

Jenna Price

If elected to Academic Board, I will actively represent the perspectives of less senior academics and communicate Academic Board issues to colleagues across UTS.

My career at UTS is marked by enthusiasm for learning, teaching and discussion. As an active member of the UTS Learning and Teaching committee, I led development of the online behaviour module, piloted this year, set to launch next Autumn. I have extensive experience in teaching large collaborative classes and volunteered to be part of the Large Classes Working Group to better understand and request resources needed to make these classes work well. Academic Board is the key forum for policy development for academic programs and so is crucial to the interests of learners and teachers at UTS. As a member of the committee to redevelop our assessment policy, I understand the hard graft of making change – and the importance of communicating change to our community.

Bhuva Narayan

I have been a research-active academic at the School of Communication at UTS FASS for five years, and in this time, I have gained governance experience through my membership at various school, faculty, and university committees, and also the FASS Faculty Board. Through my attendance at the Academic Board Forums, I have also gained an insight into the work of the academic board, and wish to represent my electorate, my school, and my faculty on the board. Apart from university policies and the quality of its academic programs, I am able to contribute to board discussions on the following specific topics: international student experience at UTS, the university library, social enterprise and innovation at UTS from a social justice perspective, teaching technologies and teaching spaces at UTS, and the issues around human research ethics in the age of digital social media.

Gabriela Quintana Vigiola

After arriving from Venezuela, I have held since June 2012 the position of Lecturer in Urban Planning at School of Built Environment from Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. Since then, I have built strong relationships with academics of the same level within my school, DAB and other faculties in UTS. As an Academic Board member, I would advocate for the advancement of innovative teaching and learning, as well as the strengthening of collaborative research. As an academic coming from overseas, I deeply and directly understand and value the importance of diversity, which encourages me to promote equality and inclusion. In this board position, I would represent the academic staff in levels A, B and C, and their teaching and research interests.

Stephen Woodcock

Stephen Woodcock joined UTS in 2010 and is now Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences and an Associate Member of the Climate Change Cluster (C3) in the Faculty of Science.

He has a strong and continued commitment to university outreach and external engagement. In addition to his traditional research outputs, he has been a frequent contributor of popular articles to The Conversation and has received citations for outstanding contributions to student learning, both internally (UTS Teaching and Learning Awards, 2015) and at a national level (Australian Awards for University Teaching, 2017).

Throughout his time at UTS, he has maintained broad engagement across the university, serving on the University Misconduct Appeals Committee since 2011 and as a member of Faculty Boards in Science (2011-2015) and Transdisciplinary Innovation (2017).

Peter McLean

I have worked at UTS for 25 years, teaching a range of subjects in my field-of-practice and engaging with industry partners in collaborative research.

I am currently the Deputy Head of School (Teaching & Learning) and have served on the Academic Board, Faculty Board and other committees, and understand the realities of providing high quality teaching and course administration.

I will actively participate in the functions of the Academic Board, especially in relation to setting the principles, priorities and standards appropriate to all aspects of the academic work of the University, and in particular to teaching and learning, research and research training. Our future depends on positive input and active involvement in providing solutions to the challenges confronting the University.

I have the knowledge and skills necessary to serve the UTS community and I would welcome the opportunity to represent my academic colleagues on the Academic Board.

Rachel Shepherd

Candidate did not submit a statement.

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  2. Log in to UTS: Elections Online Polling Booth
  3. Choose the election you wish to vote in
  4. Select the candidates you wish to vote for
  5. Check your vote
  6. When you are ready, choose 'submit' to record your vote.


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Further information

The schedule for this election has information about the election rules, Returning Officer and Academic Board.

About voting has information about votes, confidentiality and determining election outcomes.