Institute of Teaching and Learning

Professional Development for Teaching and Learning

Casual academic staff

Welcome to the Deakin casual academic staff website.

Teaching and learning at Deakin is guided by the Principles of Teaching and Learning and the Student Experience, principles which were developed to help Deakin achieve its aspiration to be in the top third of Australian universities in relation to teaching and related measures.

As a casual academic at Deakin, you are in a position to contribute significantly to our students' learning experience. In many instances, you have primary contact with students, who can come to regard you as their first point of contact regarding teaching and learning issues. Ultimately then, you are in a role which can influence student feedback on their Deakin experience through such instruments as Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning (SETU), the Australian Graduate Survey and the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE).

This site

This site is designed to provide information for both casual academics and also for those who are involved in the process of recruiting and supervising them in their work at Deakin.


The process of inducting casual academics into the university begins at school level. The casual academic signs a Casual Employment Agreement form, which is forwarded by the school to Human Resources Division (HRD):

If the school believes that the new casual academic qualifies to be exempted from Deakin's Professional Development for Casual Academics program (PDCAS), the relevant sections of the PDCAS Advice Form (41 KB) are completed, and forwarded to HRD. The same form is used by the school to nominate casual academics for enrolment into the PDCAS program.

HRD forwards the PDCAS Advice Form to the Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) who then enrol the casual academic into the program. Once enrolled, the casual academic is notified by mail to his/her home address and by email to his/her Deakin email address of details of how to access the program. It is important that all new casual academics have an email account created for them at school level.

For forms and associated information sheets for the employment of sessional and casual staff go to: There are also Guides and Checklists available to assist new casual academics and Unit Chairs/Supervisors of casual academic staff at:

A Casual Academic Handbook is also available for all casual academic staff for 2012. This handbook provides a wide range of information useful to new casual teaching staff commencing at Deakin. It may be accessed and downloaded from:

Teaching and learning resources

Resources to support teaching and learning at Deakin are available from the ITL site at

We also suggest that you access the Deakin 'Student Engagement' site at where you will find Information and Resources, which you may find useful in your role.

Casual academics may also be interested in accessing a set of Teaching Tips at


Program coordinator

The program is coordinated by Zosh Pawlaczek at Deakin Learning Futures:

Phone: (03) 9246 8161 (ext 68161)

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19th July 2012