Controlling/Coordinating and Lecturing, Mere Controlling/Coordinating? An Australian Standpoint

By Theodora Issa and Tomayess Issa.

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This paper aims to participate in the ongoing discussions relating to the control modes being adhered to at Australian Universities. This paper intends to somehow enhance the literature relating to the ‘Unit Controller/Coordinator’ duties, demands, responsibilities and required capabilities. Depending on the unit size, which is judged by the number of students and number of campuses where the unit (course) is run, an academic would become responsible either on mere controlling/coordinating, or controlling/coordinating that might be coupled or decoupled with teaching/lecturing and research. At an Australian University, a mix of these modes is considered and employed. This paper, which is the base for future research, provides a brief account of two lecturers’ experience with unit controlling/coordinating, aiming at the engagement in discussion in relation to the control modes and academics workload being applied in Australia. These two lecturers were either given the responsibility to develop unit material or provided with unit material with lecturing and controlling/coordinating responsibility, which is in most cases coupled with demands for conducting research. Following an overview of the literature, this paper provides a perspective on these modes and their impact on the academic workload, suggesting a methodology for the future research, concluding with the provision of an idea about the limitations, significance, and implications.

Keywords: Australia, Teaching and Learning, Lecturer, Unit Controller, Unit Coordinator, Academic Workload

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.147-160. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 793.855KB).

Dr. Theodora Issa

Lecturer, Curtin Business Faculty, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr Theodora Issa is the Unit Coordinator and Lecturer at the Faculty Office, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Australia. Theodora is responsible on the re-design of the final core unit offered at the Business School that intends to cultivate students’ learning experience, thus enhancing their abilities to participate in the development of global society, being more equipped to meeting the ever-increasing challenges locally and globally. Theodora’s PhD thesis was on ethical mindsets, spirituality and aesthetics that has been the recipient of the 2010 EFMD/Emerald Outstanding Doctoral research award. Theodora holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Electronic Commerce and a Master of Management Research. Theodora’s engagement with higher education started with her teaching at the School of Information Systems in the areas of Web Design and Problem analysis, during which period she supervised students who implemented industry-based information systems projects. Thereafter, Theodora moved to the School of Management teaching management and business ethics for undergraduate and postgraduate. Theodora’s research interests include teaching, online teaching and learning, ethical mindsets, ethical climate, spirituality, aesthetic judgment, sustainable business development and ethical strategies, which ignited her interest in Green IT and cloud-computing. Theodora participated in several conferences on ethics, teaching and learning, sustainability, and has been the recipient of ‘best paper wars in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Theodora has been awarded the ‘New Researcher of the year’ by the Curtin Business School on 3rd August 2011. Theodora had published in several peer-reviewed journals, member of editorial committees, and member of different governing bodies.

Dr. Tomayess Issa

Lecturer, School of Information Systems, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Tomayess Issa is a senior Lecturer at the School of Information Systems at Curtin University, Australia. In addition, she is a Postgraduate Course leader and Postgraduate Online Coordinator. Tomayess has vast experience in Australian tertiary education, teaching Usability and Human Computer Interaction, Social Network, Sustainability and Green IT, Networking and Operating Systems. Tomayess completed her doctoral research in Web development and Human Factors. As an academic, she is also interested in establishing teaching methods and styles to enhance the students’ learning experiences and resolve problems that students face. Currently, Tomayess is teaching undergraduate and postgraduate units at the School of Information Systems focusing mainly on usability, human computer interaction, web 2.0, web 3.0, sustainability and Green IT, Cloud Computing, networking and operating system. In recognition of her hard work and dedication, she received awards from the Curtin Business School and her school for her teaching. Tomayess participated in several conferences on Human Computer Interaction, Internet, teaching and learning, and published her work in several peer-reviewed journals. Tomayess is a member of an international conference program committee, and she is currently conduct research locally and globally in information systems, HCI, Usability, Internet, Sustainability and Green IT, social network and teaching and learn- ing.

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