To be held at Flinders University , Victoria Square campus.
Date: Thursday 26th October 2017, 9.30 – 11.30am
Sessional staff overwhelmingly want greater job security, so they have more regular income certainty and can pursue an academic career. However, the latest higher education workforce data confirms that academic teaching continues to be casualised, while four out of five academic researchers are likely to be employed on short contracts. The NTEU has negotiated improvements in the industrial conditions of sessional and contract staff over many years, but the focus is also upon the creation of more secure jobs as this is critical for individuals’ livelihoods and careers – and for the future of the academic profession. This session provides an opportunity to examine the current and projected situation, and explore the consequences and what can be done.
JEANNIE REA was first elected NTEU National President in 2010, coming from two decades of academic and management roles at Victoria University culminating the position of Deputy Dean of Arts, Education and Human Development. Jeannie has a lifelong passion for excellent education accessible to all, and is particularly interested in how to achieve this in the current economic and political climate. Her own teaching and research is in women’s and gender studies, public relations, environmental science and history.