Sessional staff induction

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Sessional staff induction

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Sessional staff are a vital and valued constituent of the University's workforce. As for all new staff, sessionals need to be introduced systematically to the organisation and their new job, colleagues and the work area.

USC has a strong reputation in teaching, having consistently been awarded five stars for teaching quality and student satisfaction by the Good Universities Guide over many years.

Priority two in the University's Strategic Plan makes clear the importance placed on delivering high quality teaching, learning and graduate outcomes. Our sessional staff are key to achieving these outcomes.

This component of the induction process aims to introduce you to key aspects of the University's operations. It includes sections that are mandatory because of legislated compliance requirements.

There's a lot of information to absorb and some of the mandatory sections have to be completed before or soon after you commence. We are providing it online so it is accessible and available whenever you want or need it.

Faculties also have an important role to inducting new sessional staff and, through the Associate Deans, Learning and Teaching, each Faculty organises opportunities for sessional staff to get together and be inducted into Faculty operations and key people and processes.

The Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning (C-SALT) also organises a sessional development day early in each semester. These days are designed to:

  • encourage and support effective learning and teaching practices
  • foster commitment to the University's programs and courses
  • recognise the contribution of sessional staff.

We would like to welcome you to the University of the Sunshine Coast and hope you find your teaching experience enjoyable and rewarding.

To help you get started, this part of induction will guide you through the necessities for your first week.

Travelling to work and parking

We encourage you to investigate all alternative travel methods to and from work. If you do choose to drive then you will need a parking permit to park in any of the allocated staff car parks.

More information about parking and applying for a parking ePermit.

Staff ID and access card

Your staff ID/access card can be used for a number of purposes. ID/access cards can identify you as a staff member, be used to borrow books from the library and allow access to secured buildings within the University for your specific area permissions.

Visit Facilities Management to have your photograph taken and ID/access card prepared.

Network login

You will receive your network login username and password by email. Contact your Course Coordinator or School Administration Officer if you have submitted all of your Human Resources forms and have not received this email.

Blackboard

Blackboard is the Learning Management System (LMS) used by USC. The system provides an online site for each USC course where students can access material, communicate with staff and students and participate in activities.

Blackboard is accessible at https://online.usc.edu.au.

Blackboard help for staff is available on MyUSC in the Educational Technologies and Environments area under the Teaching tab.

MyUSC

MyUSC (staff login required) is the staff intranet and contains University news, content relevant to teaching and working at USC, research, supporting students and much more.

Shared network drives can be accessed through MyUSC – regardless of whether you are on or off campus.

Everything you need to know about working at USC is on MyUSC.

USC Staff

USC Staff is accessible at http://uscstaff.usc.edu.au. USC Staff provides you with access to your payslips, payment summaries and personal details.

You can update details such as your address, contact phone numbers and emergency contacts. You can also request and review leave absences and balances.

Code of Conduct

The University's Code of Conduct reaffirms the University's commitment to the ethics principles detailed in the Queensland Public Sector Ethics Act 1994, by making clear that all staff are required to abide by this code, behaving professionally and with respect and consideration of others.

You are obligated to familiarise yourself with, and adhere to, the Code of Conduct and other relevant University policies. This requirement extends to the Enterprise Agreement, as varied from time to time.

Copyright

USC teaching staff must ensure they understand and comply with the restrictions and obligations of University policy, copyright legislation and commercial contracts when including third-party content in teaching material.

The Information Officer (Copyright) is available to provide best practice training and guidance for all staff.

Teaching staff should contact their Faculty Librarian for advice and assistance when developing course readings.

For detailed information about using copyright material, see the copyright pages on the staff intranet, MyUSC (staff login required).

Web accessibility

The University's Disability Action Plan supports the fundamental right of students with disabilities to  participate in all aspects of university life on the same basis as their peers.

It is committed to delivering an online experience that is as accessible as possible for the widest range of visitors, including those using adaptive and assistive technologies.

The Web Accessibility Specialist is available to provide best practice training and  guidance for all staff.

For detailed information about creating accessible digital content, see the Web accessibility pages on the staff intranet, MyUSC (staff login required).

Student Engagement Program (StEP)

The Student Engagement Program (StEP) is designed to help support both academic and support staff in engaging and retaining students.

A central repository of information and activities to help support student engagement is available on Blackboard.

It provides information on a range of amenities, co-curricular and curricular standards to support both domestic and international students.

Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETAC)

USC is committed to delivering high quality teaching and courses. The collection of feedback through Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETAC) is one of the University's key tools for reviewing student satisfaction with teaching and courses and informing its strategy for maintaining very high standards in learning and teaching.

Teachers and Course Coordinators are required to conduct regular SETAC surveys with new teaching staff needing to initiate teaching evaluations within their first teaching session.

Courses are to be evaluated in the first teaching session that the course is offered and at least once in each year the course is offered.

The Strategic Information and Analysis Unit (SIAU) manages the processes associated with staff ordering evaluations, generating surveys, collecting student responses, and the analysis and release of results of student feedback on teaching and courses.

Full details regarding the Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETAC) evaluations process is available on Blackboard.

As part of your induction, we require you to complete the following modules to ensure you understand the responsibilities of staff at USC regarding health, safety and wellbeing and equity.

Health, safety and wellbeing

USC is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff, students, visitors, volunteers and contractors.

As a sessional staff member you are required to complete relevant work health and safety training.

There are two modules on the health, safety and wellbeing web page that are compulsory and must be completed on commencement of work (within 0 – 5 days of employment) and then annually.

Equity – EO Online

USC is committed to the principles of equity and freedom from discrimination in employment and education.

EO Online supports this commitment to equity through a comprehensive self-paced, online training program about equal opportunity and legal responsibilities.

The interactive program is available for all staff of the University. EO Online training must be completed as soon as practicable after commencement of employment and then every two years.

All USC staff who interact directly with international students must be aware of the University's obligation under the ESOS framework and the potential implications for students arising from the exercise of these obligations.

Getting to know USC and how the University operates will help you in your role. The links below give you information about the USC community.

Sessional Development Day – Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sessional Development Day, which focuses on Learning and Teaching, is held early in each semester and coordinated through the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT). The aims of the program are to:

  • encourage and support effective learning and teaching practices
  • foster commitment to the University's programs and courses
  • recognise the contribution of sessional staff

The Semester 2, 2017 program is on Saturday 12 August 2017 from 9am to 3pm.

Sessional staff with a current appointment for Semester 2, 2017 will be eligible to be paid for attendance on the day.

Resources from previous sessional development days are available on MyUSC [staff login required].

Register here to attend the Sessional Development Day.

Staff development calendar

Our Strategic Plan is clear about the integral role staff play in meeting the challenges of advancing USC's institutional capability and capacity.

To ensure you have the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in your work, the University is committed to investing in a comprehensive range of staff development programs and activities.

A range of activities is offered through the staff development calendar.

To register your interest or enquire about current or new staff development opportunities, email staffdevt@usc.edu.au.

Vice-Chancellor and President's Awards for Excellence

The Vice-Chancellor and President's Awards for Excellence provide opportunities to recognise and reward exceptional performance and achievements that are well beyond reasonable expectations in the key areas of: learning and teaching; research; engagement and service.

Two awards for Excellence in Learning and Teaching are available each year – one for an ongoing or fixed term member of staff and one for a sessional staff member. In 2014, the Learning and Teaching award for sessional staff was won by Rosanna Natoli from the School of Communication and Creative Industries. She was recognised for her many contributions to the success of the University: as a media spokes-person and ambassador, as a teacher of journalism and media communication, and as a mentor for students.

For more information refer to the Vice-Chancellor and President's Awards for Excellence - Managerial Policy and procedures.

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