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Casual academic staff (CAS) are lecturers, tutors, markers, lab/prac demonstrators, online tutors, research assistants, clinical teachers who are employed on a limited time span basis, and are paid for the hours they work.
Casual academic staff do not have definite continuing employment within the University. Many have worked for the University over several years, but on an ‘as needed’ basis.
Casual academic staff may be employed in higher education:
Casual academic staff are primarily involved with the delivery of the University’s programs to students. They perform the duties of:
As such, casual academics are often at the forefront of teaching and learning activities. To many students, their tutor or lab/prac demonstrator is the person with whom they have primary and most contact during trimester.
It is important then that casual academics are regarded as an important component of the University community and are given the support and opportunities needed to contribute effectively to the student experience at Deakin.