Independent assessors

Someone who has not worked directly with you but is recognised in the field and has the credentials to assess your work and provide an objective assessment of the quality of what you do. 

An independent assessor for the purpose of an application for Academic Promotion is different from the referee you would choose if you were applying for a position (job) at UniSA. 

Referees who have worked closely with you (i.e. on joint research or publications, or as close recent work colleges or in supervisory positions, or who were your PhD or Masters supervisor) are not considered independent. 

The level is similar to what is expected of an independent reviewer or assessor under the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) peer review or an independent referee for a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowship report. 


Some examples of the difference between someone being considered independent and someone being considered too close could include the following: 

Independent Too close to you
Someone from the Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide (HERGA) A sessional academic you have employed to assist you with your marking
Someone from the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Your Executive Dean,  Dean of Research or Dean of Programs as they may already be providing an academic  supervisor report or input into your academic supervisor report for the panel

Someone from the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF) or a recognised UK Advance HE Teaching Fellow or a Fellow from your field ie ‘A Fellow of Engineers Australia’

A teaching (or research) colleague you share an office with, or you regularly catch up with to discuss your (or their) work
Someone from Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education ( ASCILITE) - professional association for those engaged in the educational use of technologies in tertiary education) Part of the teaching team who works closely with you to implement the digital learning strategy into the course or program
Someone from your profession or industry who is aware of your work (ie the manager of a close colleague) A close colleague from your profession or industry whom you regularly collaborate with
Someone that your PhD / Masters supervisor recommends Your PhD / Masters supervisor
Someone from another university who teaches (or researches) in the same discipline as you The person is someone you worked very closely with in the last 5 years - ie just prior to coming to UniSA or they have just left UniSA
Someone who has provided a formal peer review of your work (especially from outside your local area) may be able to recommend a colleague at another University Your course coordinator or program director (Note - it might be reasonable for a new level A teaching academic to have their program director as their internal UniSA referee)
Someone who has referenced (and has been positively influenced by) a piece of your work Someone you have published with (more than once) in the past 5 years
Someone you had one grant with over 5 years ago Someone you have several grants (or contract) with (within the past 5 years)
Someone who sits on a board (that relates to your work with UniSA) with you Someone who sits on a board of a company you own
Someone who has directly been influenced by your work (i.e. a someone who has utilised your research to change practice) Your PhD / Masters supervisor or someone who you supervised
An expert in or someone recognised in your discipline field Someone who is a family member or in a close personal relationship
An industry partner or someone from industry who knows of your work but hasn't contracted you to do anything for them. Some who worked for you / you employed (within the past 5 years)
Someone you have done an annual or one-off guest lecture for Someone you worked for / was employed by (within the past 5 years)
Someone who is recognised as a thought leader or expert in their field - who has quoted / re-tweeted / blogged or referenced you and your work Someone you are regularly interviewed with, share tweet or blog dialogues etc or some other form of public debate where you are 'recognised' as part of team that is brought together to provide balanced public perspectives
A recognised expert who has had work published in a journal you edit Someone you co-edit regularly with

Someone who has sat on a review panel with you

Your Director: Research Institute or Unit (they already provide the academic supervisor report to the panel)

Someone (from another institution) who has won awards for their teaching or research or whose University has won recognition for the quality of their program, course, innovation or research

Your immediate past Executive Dean as they are too close to you and/or may be asked to provide input into your academic supervisor report

Someone who has worked at UniSA (but no longer does, for example, having moved on to a more senior role at another university) who did not work closely with you

Someone who has worked at UniSA (within the last 5 years) but now left who was part of your team / previous area / research area

Please note: These are only examples and not an exhaustive list.

Please do not ask your independent assessors to provide written reports as part of your application.

The Executive Officer on behalf of the Chair is responsible for contacting the applicable independent assessors, should an independant assessment be required by the assessment panel, and asking them for a written report. 

Only applicants who have been shortlisted may have independent assessors contacted.

To ensure true independence is maintained applicants are asked not to contact their nominated independent assessors or provide them with a copy of your application or supporting materials.

The Executive Officer on behalf of the Chair will contact independent assessors at the direction of the Chair. 

Submit the names and contact details of your nominated independent assessor using the relevant segment in the online application form.