Under the DASSH Discipline Support Strategy, DASSH established a Network of Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) in 2009 funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). The network's inaugural meeting was at the DASSH 2009 Conference and AGM in Newcastle.
The Newcastle Declaration articulates the Network's founding principles with the following key aims:
The network's current focus is research productive, with network members working on three collaborative research projects relating to ASSH disciplines: Undergraduate Assessment - Scoping Guidelines, Good Practice and Benchmarking; First-Year Student Experience - Recruitment, Transition and Retention; and Social Inclusion.
Dr Royston Gustavson has been convenor of DASSH’s Associate Dean Learning & Teaching Network (ADLT) since September 2015. He is the Associate Dean (Education) in the Australian National University (ANU) College of Arts and Social Sciences, with academic oversight of the College’s 78 degree programs and 1,483 courses.
A passionate educator, in 2009 he received the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, from 2010-2011 was Associate Dean (Education) of the ANU College of Business and Economics, and from 2010-2012 served on ANU’s 15-person governing body, the ANU Council.
He chaired the first ever formal review of the ANU Bachelor of Arts, which resulted in a significant refocusing of the program on theory and method and the development of research skills to underpin the research-led nature of degree. He chaired the ANU Honours Working Party, the recommendations of which have put in place significant minimum standards for research-training in the honours year, which are currently being duplicated in the university’s Master (Advanced) degrees.
His service to government includes membership of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s Register of Experts (2013-current), a Peer Reviewer for the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), and an assessor for Australian Research Council grants (2008-current).
Royston is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Bruce Hall at ANU, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
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DASSH has published the "HASS Engagement & Impact" collection at Australian Policy Online.
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New Zealand Bachelor of Arts Infographic sheet now available.
The 2017 DASSH conference will be held in Melbourne, Victoria from 13th to 15th September.
DASSH has prepared a briefing paper following the Australian Government's 2017-18 Budget. A New Zealand commentary will follow shortly after its release on 25 May.