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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
Te Whare Wananga o Otago
Teaching Fellows (Science)
Teaching Fellows support teaching by carrying out tutoring, demonstrating and related administration
under the supervision of senior academic staff members.
The duties of Teaching Fellows are carried out under the supervision of academic colleagues who are
responsible for course design and delivery.
To team-teach laboratory classes to:
the first and second semester Human Body Systems papers (HUBS 191, 192) of the
Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) and taken by non-HSFY BSc and BPhEd students;
the first semester health-related
physiology paper (“PHSL” 251) delivered to Dental,
Medical Laboratory Science, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy students,
the 200-level papers for BSc and BBiomedSc [and BPhEd] students (first semester: PHSL
231 Neurophysiology; second semester: PHSL 232 Cardiovascular and Respiratory
Physiology and PHSL 233 Cellular, Gastrointestinal and Renal Physiology); and
300-level physiology laboratories (nervous system) to medical students.
The balance of allocation to (i) to (iv) will depend on requirements and the applicant’s expertise.
To spend ~66% of employment time during each semester in student teaching contact hours.
[The ~66% is based on the average over a fortnightly cycle and there may be some fortnights
which are lighter and some heavier than the average].
To spend the balance of time in personal preparation for teaching (including attendance at
training/briefing sessions), in responding to student queries about the academic content of the
various programmes in which you are involved, marking student internal and final
assessments and assisting with revisions of teaching materials.
To deliver high quality well-prepared teaching sessions that facilitate student learning.
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Provide high quality technical and theoretical guidance in physiology laboratories.
A balanced selection of:
- Deliver three-hour physiology/anatomy laboratory sessions in the first semester HUBS
191 and second semester HUBS 192 papers (~100 students per teaching session) as
part of a team of 6 Teaching Fellows and Demonstrators. This will require some
- Deliver three-hour
physiology laboratory sessions to “PHSL” 251 (Dental, Medical
Laboratory Science, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy) students in first
semester and take sole responsiblity for 12-16 students per teaching session.
- Deliver three-hour physiology laboratory sessions with oversight from a roving
lecturer to PHSL 231, 232 and 233 students (BSc and BBiomedSc programmes) in
first and second semester (~30 students per teaching session).
- Deliver two-hour physiology laboratories to groups of ~30 medical students in a nine-
week rotation for the Med 3 nervous system module.
Attend all training and briefing sessions and any de-briefing sessions for each type of
Allocate time for personal preparation for teaching.
Allocate office hours for respondi-up” tut
ng orto ials)
ries (e.g. “catch
academic content of the various programmes in which you are involved.
Assist with maintaining student attendance records and report attendance or student
performance problems, as directed.
Assist with invigilating the occasional evening test.
Assist with the marking of assessments using model answer schedules.
Assist with revisions of teaching materials.
Service to the University and the community and collegiality within the Department
Undertake co-ordination duties within the Department.
Demonstrate and foster collegiality within the Department/School.
Participate in quality assurance activities.
May contribute to external academic and professional activities.
May contribute to continuing education in the professional field.
Health and Safety
Ensure the health and safety practices are observed in all workplace activities.
Ensure that exemplary health and safety practice is taught to students in relation to the
Report all accidents, incidents and near misses in accordance with policy.
Take responsibility for ensuring that you have carried out relevant health and safety training.
Ensure sound health and safety practices are in place in teaching student related activities and
Identify and report all hazards.
Assist the Department Health and Safety Officer, when requested.
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Directly responsible to:
The senior Science Teaching Fellow and Deputy Head of
Functional relationships with:
Academic and General staff, Department of Physiology, in
Deputy Head of Department (Teaching)
Teaching Fellows (Medical and Science) and Lecturers of the
Teaching Resource Developer
Administrative/Computer Support staff
A science degree or equivalent qualification, preferably in Physiology and with papers in
Anatomy, or alternatively in areas strongly related to physiology.
An ability to use physiology recording equipment and computers, the latter as a recording
instrument and for office use.
Preferably experience in tertiary teaching in physiology.
A commitment to keep up-to-date in their tertiary knowledge and acquire new knowledge.
A commitment to facilitate student learning by promoting active learning.
Ability to relate well to students, academic, technical and administrative staff.
Ability to work without direct supervision and set priorities.
A thorough, organised and systematic approach to work.
Willingness to work co-operatively and constructively as part of a team.
A commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and to equal opportunity.
All applicants should have a science degree or an equivalent qualification which should include
papers preferably up to at least 300-level in Physiology and up to at least 200-level in Anatomy.
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