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General tasks of the ACT coordination team, of which the new colleague ACT academic coordinator will be part of, are:
- Coordination of the student teams and coaches during the periods the course is running
- Support and motivation of staff involved in teaching, and in content and process coaching
- Maintaining the balance across learning outcomes related to consultancy, academic, transdisciplinary, team and personal development skills
- Course evaluation from the perspective of students, involved staff and commissioners
- Communication with involved study programs
- Continuous innovation of the course
- Development of (transdisciplinary) educational material
- Coaching and teaching
- Assessment students requests for exemption.
The new ACT academic coordinator is expected to coordinate the ACT course during two periods per year, is supposed to contribute to coaching, and to contribute to other general coordination tasks highlighted above based on his/her interest and to be agreed upon with the coordination team.
Wageningen University & Research
General skills and qualifications of the new ACT coordinator are:
- Organisational skills
- Transdisciplinary thinking
- Pro-active attitude
- Passion and creative thinking in relation to education
- Ability to motivate students and colleagues
- An academic background preferably in the WU field
- Experience in ACT coaching and a university teaching qualification (BKO) are a pré
- Fluency in English.
The task of coordinator is reimbursed, as any course, through the education database. The activities are recognised as part of tenure track.
Conditions of employment
The position is 0.2 fte.
Wageningen University & Research
About WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY & RESEARCH
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is 'to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life'. All our 6000 staff and 12,000 students work and learn in fields relating to healthy food and a healthy living environment. Key themes are sustainable agro-production systems, nutrition & health, animal health & welfare, liveable green spaces and social innovation.
Wageningen University & Research consists of Wageningen University and nine market-oriented research institutes, which work together in five thematic Science Groups. In addition to teaching, they conduct both fundamental and applied research. Our ambition is to distinguish ourselves nationally and internationally through excellent teaching and research in our field.
The University provides education for some 6000 Bachelor's and 6000 Master's students. Roughly half of the Master's students come from abroad, from more than 100 different countries. Students rate our teaching very highly: Wageningen University has ranked first place in the Higher Education Guide (Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs) for the past 14 years.
In order to retain this top position in education, our focus in the coming years will be on maintaining the high quality of teaching in the face of growing student numbers, on strengthening the relationship between research and teaching, on reaching new target groups such as lifelong learners, and on further integrating digitisation and online education. Internationalisation and sustainability are important themes in this regard.
Education and Student Affairs
As the central department within Wageningen University & Research, the Education and Student Affairs department is responsible for strategic issues and policy making in the field of education, as well as operational and supporting activities. The department matches the demand and supply of teaching, guarantees the quality of education, and develops and implements educational policy. In addition to accredited programmes, the department helps to develop an online education portfolio. The department coordinates and facilitates the preparation and implementation of vital processes such as accreditations, external reviews and other quality audits of teaching at Wageningen University & Research. Lastly, the department provides services to existing and potential students and to WU lecturers and supports the delivery of teaching.
Academic Consultancy Training
One of the courses present in all MSC-programmes is an Academic Consultancy Training. In this course students work on a real life case and learn by working together. As this is a general course which is not linked with a particular chair group in the university, the department Education & Student Affairs feels itself responsible for hiring a new coordinator for this course. In the end however, the coordinator we are looking for, will stay positioned within the chair groups of Wageningen University he or she is already part (and thereby the organisation of the course will be comparable to all other courses).
The current team coordinating the Academic Consultancy Training (ACT) course (YMC-60809) is searching for a new motivated colleague that joins the team as ACT academic coordinator. The current ACT coordination team consist of three ACT academic coordinators and examiners, and two support staff in charge of the day-to-day coordination.