Olga Kozar Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesOlga Kozar is a Ph.D. researcher in Applied Linguistics. She is currently completing her candidature at Macquarie University (Sydney,  Australia).

Her main research interest is private one-on-one ESOL lessons conducted via videoconferencing tools (e.g., Skype) with learners and teachers from different cultural backgrounds. The questions that she addresses in her Ph.D. and a series of related publications are the following: Who teaches and who learns privately via videoconferencing tools? What expectations do private language learners have of their future instructors? What are the discourses and genres of private ESOL lessons conducted via Skype?

Her work can be found in both academic journals (for example, Distance Education, Research in Comparative and International Education) as well as practice-oriented publications such as Modern English Teacher and English-teaching Professional. Olga’s personal website is: www.olgakozar.com

Head, School of Journalism/Comm, U Queensland job ad

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Head, School of Journalism and Communication
University of Queensland, Australia

The School of Journalism and Communication offers the longest-standing Journalism program in Australia. It also has a distinctive program in Communication for Social Change, and Communication degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels with growing higher research degree enrollments. The School is responsible for a number of undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Communication) and teaches majors in the Bachelor of Arts. It is also responsible for the Masters of Journalism and the Masters of Communication. It teaches a student load of 650 EFTSL with an academic staff of 31.

The School’s aggregated research measured through ERA has been assessed by the University at the rank of 4. The School’s strengths are reflected in its awards for teaching excellence, a research centre, and active engagement with industry and the professions. Details of the areas of interest of academic staff in the School may be accessed on the School’s web site. In addition to research conducted by staff the School includes a research centre – Centre for Communication and Social Change. The school is one of six schools within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and is based at the St Lucia (Brisbane) campus.

The Role
The University now wishes to appoint a new Head of the School of Journalism and Communication. The new Head will provide a future vision that will give teaching and research programs in Journalism and Communication an outstanding international profile within higher education. The vision will be implemented by the Head providing academic, research, teaching and organisational leadership to expand research output, increase external funding support, build postgraduate culture, and broaden the undergraduate teaching base.

The Person
Applicants must possess a PhD in a relevant field of study. The successful appointee will have excellent leadership and management skills that will enable the School to develop and realise a vision that builds an excellent teaching and research culture. The new Head will be expected to have and to maintain an international reputation for excellence in research in journalism and/or communication.

Remuneration
This is a full-time, continuing appointment at Academic Level E. The remuneration package will be $151,735 per annum, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be $177,530 per annum).

Enquiries
To discuss this role please contact Bill Newton at HigherEd Appointments, the firm assisting the University, by phoning +61 (0)419 275 583 or email search@higheredappointments.com.au for initial enquiries or information on the role. Applications with full supporting documentation should be forwarded to the above email address by 23 March 2012.

Position description

Application closing date:
23 Mar 2012 11:55pm E. Australia Standard Time

University of Melbourne

Between talks in Dunedin and Brisbane, I had a chance to visit the University of Melbourne and meet a few faculty members there. On February 15, 2012, I met with Dr. Ingrid Volkmer, Director of the Media and Communication program at the School of Culture and Communication there. In addition, I met with Prof. Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor in the same school. Both are extremely active scholars, producing particularly interesting research (follow the links provided for details). We found potential future connections, and I look forward to following up on the conversations.

The buildings at the University of Melbourne are like those elsewhere in the city in that they are eclectic in design, often combining multiple elements in ways I have not seen previously. A pleasure to see!

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz,Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

U of Melbourne job ad

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
School of Culture & Communication, Faculty of Arts
Lecturer – Quantitative Media Research

Salary: AUD$81,925 – AUD$97,283 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% superannuation

Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne was ranked by the Australian Research Council in 2011 as ‘world class’. Our courses reflect this international standing.
We train students for careers in the fast-changing professional areas of digital, broadcast, print and mobile communication. We equip students with an in-depth understanding of the changing nature of media industries and professional practices in the contemporary world and of how these industries inform diverse social, cultural and political processes at global to local levels.  Our program seeks to fill a 0.5 FTE Level B position for three years in the area of quantitative media research. An important outcome of the position is that of curriculum development.

In this role you will assist the Media and Communications program in developing subjects in both the undergraduate postgraduate levels. You will be expected to have expertise in the area of quantitative media research, including data collection, statistical analysis and evaluation procedures.  A background in social sciences is highly desirable.

Employment Type:
Part-time 0.5FTE (fixed-term) position available for three years Jan 2012 to Dec 2014

Enquiries only to:
A/Prof Ingrid Volkmer, Head, Media & Communications Program  Tel +61 3 8344 3500 Email ivolkmer@unimelb.edu.au

Close date:
18 December 2011

For position information and to apply online go to www.hr.unimelb.edu.au/careers, click on ‘Job Search’ and search under the job title or job number 0027852.