Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
The role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) takes a leadership responsibility for providing services, programs and resources that support UOW staff and students and foster innovative teaching and learning, to enhance University-wide educational practice.
DVC(A) comprises the following Portfolio Areas:
- Academic Quality & Standards
- Graduate Career Development & Employability
- Learning, Teaching & Curriculum
- Library Services
- Regional Campuses & Student Diversity
- South Western and Southern Sydney Campuses
- Strategic Marketing & Communications
- Strategic Planning
- Student Services & Education Analytics
- Woolyungah Indigenous Centre
Launching Jindaola: An Aboriginal approach to embedding Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into UOW curricula
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) has announced the Faculty of Business and the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health as the inaugural Indigenous Knowledges Grant recipients for 2017. In a collaboration between the Office of the PVC (Inclusion & Outreach) and the division of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum (LTC) each faculty has been awarded $50, 000 to embed Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into their curricula. Additionally, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences has been awarded $10, 000 to evaluate their previous ground-breaking work undertaken as part of their OLT grant ‘Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives into Engineering Education’.
To date, the embedding of alternate perspectives into mainstream tertiary curriculum has, for the best part, followed non-Aboriginal approaches. Jindaola, however is a new and exciting initiative, developed by LTC in consultation with local Elders and Knowledge holders that follows an approach modelled on traditional Aboriginal systems for maintaining knowledge integrity. Jindaola brings together the grant recipients, LTC and Aboriginal community in a collaborative and authentic knowledge exchange for the purposes of achieving the grant outcomes.
On the 20th of July 2017, Indigenous Knowledges Grant recipients were welcomed to their first Jindaola workshop called ‘Joining the Journey’ held at the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation (IAC) in Wollongong. The day consisted of sharing through yarning circles and a combination of networking activities. The objective of the gathering was to allow teams an initial appreciation of an Aboriginal way of maintaining knowledge integrity, and to give each Faculty time to identify methods for ‘mapping their landscapes’ around appropriate Indigenous knowledges and perspectives relevant to their disciplinary areas. This initial gathering was engaging and emotive, and established a strong sense of enthusiasm and collegiality amongst the teams. ‘Joining the Journey’ being only the first of 5 formal gatherings in Jindaola, gave a great foundational understanding to those involved on how to conduct future engagements with Aboriginal Elders, Knowledge Holders and Communities around knowledge creation, development and protocol. This approach to embedding will provide opportunities for students to participate in projects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities as part of the UOW curriculum model.