James Cook University

Head of Centre

Role and Responsibilities of Director

The Director is responsible for:

  • Overall leadership of the Directorate, including setting the operational plan in consultation with staff and the Senior Deputy Vice‐Chancellor;
  • Achieving Operational Performance Targets assigned to the Directorate through the University planning process;
  • Ensuring staff within the Directorate operate effectively and meet the University’s needs in relation to the Directorate’s functions;
  • Ensuring the Directorate has a healthy and productive relationship with Faculties, Schools and other Directorates;
  • Monitoring national and international trends in relation to teaching and learning and disseminating these to the University community;
  • Maintaining networks with the national and international community of teaching and learning leaders and exploiting those to promote teaching and learning within JCU;
  • Contributing to the overall leadership and progress of teaching and learning within the JCU;
  • Ensuring the Directorate meets budgetary targets;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Deputy Vice‐Chancellor from time to time.


Structure and Staffing


  • The core relationships with the faculties are managed with regular meetings with the Associate Deans of Teaching and Learning and a quarterly meeting with Heads of School. There is also a Teaching and Learning Academy that has 165 members.


Typical Activities of the Centre

Conduct of staff development in collaboration with ADTLs:

  • Induction- Foundations
  • Graduate Certificate in Education (Academic Practice)


  • TEQSA and AQF compliance
  • Language and numeracy development
  • Flexible delivery and active learning spaces

Current Projects/Research

  • Flexible delivery
  • Systematic Integrated Learning Adviser model
  • Student Mentor Program
  • New teaching evaluation system
  • Active learning technologies

Major Challenges

  • Continuation of funding to support priorities
  • Staff capabilities in learning technologies
  • Attracting quality staff to the regions
  • Changing leadership and directions within the University