Friday, 20 March 2015

1.  Issue 32 of SaMnet’s monthly newsletter 

This Month’s Question:
What is the biggest hurdle preventing you from using more new innovations in the classes you teach, or units you manage? (Click to answer)
Results available in April Newsletter

2.  Conferences & publication
Melbourne, 27-30 October, 2015
Abstracts due 24 April
This is the 12th annual conference of ISSOTL. It is a rare opportunity to participate with low cost as it is hosted locally this year.
(The conference organisers are also looking for reviewers for the conference abstracts – see section 7. Classifieds for more information).

Monash University, 25-27 November, 2015
Universities are invited to send two person teams to showcase a laboratory experiment for improvement. Due date for EOI for experiments to be evaluated at the workshop: 17 August

3.  Connections/Events  
February SaMnet Leadership Development Workshops

An additional workshop will be held in June this year for Queensland and Northern Territory academics in Brisbane. More details will be available in the coming months. You can register your interest at the link below.

Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME)
30 September – 2 October, 2015
A date for the diary – this conference is the main gathering of the SaMnet community and all SaMnet newsletter recipients are invited. The ACSME conference website will soon be open for abstract submission.

4.  SaMnet activity 
With four February Leadership workshops completed, and one planned for June, SaMnet HQ has now turned efforts towards what SaMnet should look like moving forward. If you would like to make suggestions from what you would like to see from SaMnet, send ideas and questions to

5.  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
This month we have tips for writing including how to get published, and how to motivate one’s self to write.

The Guardian: Higher Education Network
Journal editors share their advice on how to structure a paper, write a cover letter – and deal with awkward feedback from reviewers. A must read.

Tanya Golash-Boza, Associate Professor at University of California
Research teaches us strategies to settle into being a prolific writer. How can you motivate yourself to write more?

6.  Leadership insights
Meghan M. Biro in Forbes magazine
Why do you admire particular leaders? Why might people admire you as a leader? Biro argues that the most admired leaders reach people on emotional levels. Is this a characteristic that you show?

David Gooblar,
This is an example of how opening up to a classroom (reaching people with emotional levels) has pedagogical power. Why is this in the leadership section? We suggest that opening up may have the power for other benefits than pedagogy, how might opening up strengthen your leadership?

7.  Classifieds
Job vacancies:
The Faculty of Science is recruiting for a Lecturer in Higher Education Learning Design to play a key role in the development of students’ future focussed graduate capabilities and professional identities.
Closing date for applicants is 9:00am on Thursday 26th March.

Applications are invited for two full time permanent positions at the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level (equivalent to Assistant/Associate Professor in the USA system) in Mathematics Education within the Department of Mathematics at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. One of the appointments will be made at Lecturer Level, the other may be at either Lecturer or Senior Lecturer.
Closing date for applicants is Wednesday 15th April.