Teaching and Learning

Casual Academic Staff Handbook

Checklist for new Casual Academic Staff

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Part 1: Employment & Administrative Support
      Sign and return your Casual Employment Agreement form - keep a copy for your records Casual Employment Agreement form
      Ask your supervisor to nominate or exempt you from the Professional Development for Casual Academic Staff (PDCAS) program, sign and return the PDCAS Advice Form PDCAS program
PDCAS Advice Form
      Familiarise yourself with university emergency management processes Emergency management
      Ask for an email account to be set up Email and calendar
      Familiarise yourself with university email policy Information Technology use - operational policy
      You should have office space, desk, computer, phone available  
      If casual academic staff office is locked, find out location of office key  
      Ask if you need swipe card access  
      Ask for photocopier location, PIN, copyright information to be explained  
      Find out location of school admin. office and staff  
      Check if a pigeon hole has been arranged for you in a staffroom  
      Ask if you will be added to school/faculty email lists  
      Ask for the school structure to be explained  
      Check Security contact details Security
      Clarify your pay rates
Pay rates
      Ask for access to Deakin Studies Online (DSO) to be arranged DSO
Part 2: Induction & Academic Management
      Record details of supervisor’s/unit chair’s office location, email, phone number, days on campus  
      Collect a Staff ID Card (from Deakin Central) Deakin Central
      Check that you can access: Library, email, IT Help Desk, User Management System User Management System
      Ask for contact details of other CAS in your Unit/School  
      Check the CAS webpage Casual Academic Staff
      Check the Principles of Teaching and Learning & the Student Experience website Principles
      Ask for timesheets, the procedure for submitting them and the pay cut off dates Timesheets
      Ask if you need to attend lectures and will you be paid  
      Ask your supervisor to show you the staffroom / lunchroom  
      Find out how your unit(s) fits into the course  
      Find out details about SETU (Student Evaluation of Teaching and Units) as your teaching may be evaluated SETU
      Learn how students enrol in classes via STAR (Student Timetable Allocation and Registration) STAR
      Ask for textbook(s), Unit Guide, Study Guide, Readings  
      Ask about access to stationery supplies  
      Ask what role you are expected to play in DSO (Deakin Studies Online)
      Ask for class lists of student names (& photos if possible)  
      Find out classroom locations and numbering system Floor Plans
      Find out room numbers and timetable of your classes Rooms
      Learn how to access timetable & audio-visual equipment details per classroom Equipment
      Find out the student assignment submission procedure & location of assignment attachment sheets
      Ask about the school's preferred referencing system Referencing systems
      Inquire about assignment extensions process & special consideration Special consideration
      Ask if you are required to keep class attendance records
Part 3: Professional Development
      Access the support resources on the Institute of Teaching & Learning (ITL) website http://www.deakin.edu.au/itl/
      Ask about any School PD opportunities  
      Access the Teaching and Learning website Teaching and learning
      Ask for feedback on your teaching during and at end of trimester - from supervisor and/or students
      Find out about the PD program for casual academics (PDCAS) PDCAS
      Ask other CAS to conduct a peer observation of your teaching
      Read Deakin's staff Code of Conduct Code of conduct
      Check for any training opportunities – e.g. DSO Support and development
Event registration system

Find out classroom locations and numbering system

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5th March 2012