Getting started – information for casual academic staff

Essential information and a comprehensive checklist for casual academic staff new to the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Meet with your Course Coordinator or Program Manager/Coordinator

Ensure you are clear about payment for teaching duties, contact hours and administration duties.

  • How many direct hours will you be teaching?
  • What is expected from you during the associated working time (preparation time) for each direct teaching hour?
  • Will you be paid separately for attendance at lectures or are these included in the teaching preparation rate?
  • Are you required to attend course teaching team or moderation meetings?
  • What is the level of student correspondence or consultation expected outside of class time?
  • Are you required to prepare tutorial or workshop activities or learning materials?
  • How much reading and reflecting on course materials is required?
  • Are you clear about the rates of pay for marking (hours per student)?
  • What is the level of administration required for the course?
  • An outline of HE casual academic staff duties and pay rates (DOCX 661 KB)

Organise the basics

Participate in an induction or orientation session

Resources and links

Get to know your administrative and teaching colleagues

Your supervisor will be able to assist you with settling in and meeting key staff in your team. Ask for a tour of the workplace and to meet the Program Administration Officer for your discipline. Contact Daniel Teague or Sue West (guss.academic.services@rmit.edu.au) to find out who the academic administration staff contact is.

Resources and links

Ask for a copy of the program guide and course guide

In GUSS, course guides are submitted for publication by Course Coordinators and approved by the relevant Program Manager.

If you are a Course Coordinator or Offering Coordinator requiring access to the course guide editing system, complete the online access request form (login required) and include the learningandteaching.guss@rmit.edu.au email address under the ‘Authorisation’ heading on the form.

Get access to the teaching spaces you will be using this semester

Resources and links

Get to know RMIT’s emergency procedures, exits and assembly points and the location of first aid kits and first aiders

Visit RMIT's health, safety and wellbeing website for general information or contact Steven Cuce, Senior Advisor, Health and Safety.

For OH&S queries at the School level, contact Pierce Brown. You can also access School level information on health and safety for more details.

Immediate safety issues including safety or medical concerns, fire, criminal activity or security issues

Student risk to self or mental health concerns

Contact the RMIT Counselling Service on 9925 4365 or 9925 3999 (after hours).

Student discipline/misconduct

Staff welfare

RMIT makes available professional, free, confidential, offsite counselling service to all staff through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (login required).To access this program, please contact Counselling Appraisal Consultants (CAC) on 1300 786 860 or email them at reception@cac.com.au. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For urgent after hours counselling, please call on 0431 119 909.

First aid

Safety team

Email safetyteam@rmit.edu.au or the Behavioural Risk Assessment and Management Panel on bram@rmit.edu.au

Get to know RMIT’s online systems

The Learning Hub is the point of entry for RMIT staff to online teaching and learning resources. Staff can access Blackboard (learning management system) via the Learning Hub. Students access their online learning resources, including Blackboard materials, via the Studies tab in myRMIT.

Casual teaching staff can use iExplore to access basic student information including contact details and student lists by course or class.

Resources and links

Access professional development and Learning and Teaching resources

As a casual teaching staff member, you have access to a range of professional development opportunities. In particular, workshops on Learning and Teaching and RMIT Knowhow will provide a good introduction and assist you in your role. You can book into workshops and access online resources through developME.

Get started with online modules on Learning and Teaching

Resources and links

Teaching with Technology resources

Learning and teaching contacts

Know how to access information on student or academic administration

The School’s Academic Services team is responsible for providing efficient and effective high quality and client focused academic and program administrative support to student life cycle activities across the School. Contact Daniel Teague (VE) or Sue West (HE) at guss.academic.services@rmit.edu.au to find out who your academic administration staff contact is.

Ask RMIT is an online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) listing topics important to RMIT students and can be a good starting point to find answers to student-related questions.

For any student or academic related policy or procedure queries, you can contact your manager, the Course Coordinator, the Program Manager/Coordinator or the Program Administrative Officer for assistance.

Know where to direct students to access study resources or student services

Still stuck? Just ask!

Contact your supervisor, the Course Coordinator, the Program Manager or Coordinator for assistance.

Acknowledgements: Lynch, K. (2010)Guide for Sessional Teachers, College of Science, Engineering and Health