Sessional staff

Sessional staff play a vital role in the University and a number of services and resources have been developed to support staff.

Tutoring @ UniSA

Tutoring @ UniSA is a 3 hour workshop that has been developed specifically about tutoring skills and strategies. 

Planning for Success: Teaching active learning classes at UniSA

Planning for Success is a 50 page booklet that is a practical resource for all teaching staff that run active learning classes at UniSA (tutorials, practicals, workshops, seminars, studios, practical classes etc). The booklet includes:

  • Definitions of effective teaching in higher education
  • strategies to plan, conduct and evaluate active learning classes
  • advice for teachers supporting learning through feedback, group work, online learning
  • an outline of assessment, marking, moderation and academic integrity at UniSA

A quick guide for sessional academic staff

The Human Resources Unit has developed a Quick guide for Sessional Academic Staff (PDF 473kb - download Adobe Acrobat)

The RED report: the contribution of sessional teachers to higher education

The RED (Recognition, Enhancement and Development) report presents the outcomes from an Australian Learning and Teaching Council project on the contribution of sessional teachers to higher education. The RED report and RED resource are available to download on the CADAD website.

The AUTC Sessional Teaching Website

An outcome of the 2002 AUTC Teaching large classes project was the recognition that the Australian higher education system is one of the most casualised industries in the employment market. In light of this, a second project was developed to focus on establishing guidelines and support mechanisms at the university level for policy development purposes, and at the organisational unit level (school and subject level) for the support and training of sessional teaching staff.

A major aim of the project was to provide a range of models of good practice at each level.

The specific aims of the project were to:

  • identify implications and issues related to sessional teaching staff 
  • identify policies and models of best practice 
  • disseminate best practice for training, supporting and managing sessional staff.

A comprehensive body of information has been obtained, literature reviewed and resources including case studies, guideline for good practice and checklists developed. All of the information and resources are available on the project site.

  • Sessional Teaching project (PDF 222kb - opens in a new window), University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.