As Director of Education, you are responsible for ensuring that the academic and wellbeing needs of all Deakin law students are met. Essentially Education is split into three spheres:
- Academic; your role will be to assist all law students with their academic pursuits by hosting events on behalf of the DLSS such as information seminars, Q and A panels and workshops.
- Advocacy; your role will include advocating on behalf of the law student body when issues arise (e.g. lecture or tutorial complaints and wider student issues)
- Mental health and wellbeing; your role will be to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing issues, host information seminars and physical exercise sessions. The aim is to ensure that the law student body’s mental health and wellbeing is looked after as we all know how stressful law school can be. This also includes an effort to assist those from a ‘diverse’ background (e.g. multicultural, religious, LGBTI, low-socio economic etc.)
In the lead up to major events the time commitment may be upwards of 15 hours per week.
In quiet weeks, you may be required to spend up to eight hours completing Education and DLSS tasks. These time requirements include DLSS meetings.
You will have direct control of the DLSS Peer Assisted Learning Sessions (‘PALS’) program. You are expected to manage this with the PALS Co-ordinator, whose position is to manage day-to-day administration of the program.
It is recommended that anyone taking on this position has an established on-campus presence and is willing to take the time to build networks with on-campus services and faculties. A strong understanding of Deakin support services is required (such as DUSA Advocacy, SHS Hub, Student Life, etc.), as you should be able to direct students in need of assistance onwards if asked. While your role is mainly on-campus it is also important to consider the interests of the off-campus law students.
Additionally, in this role you should act as a conduit between the LSS and Faculty, and be able to report student interests to both the LSS and Faculty.
Clear communication and empathy are essential skills in this role.
- Peer Assisted Learning Sessions
- Managing PALS in conjunction with PALS officer
- Grow the PALS program and improve its sustainability
- Seek funding from law school and/or university
- Updating and maintaining PALS Tutors’ Handbook
- Organising and implementing Education portfolio events and initiatives (examples):
- Academic events:
- Crash Course (first year guide to succeeding in law school)
- Advanced Legal Research Workshop
- PLT Information Seminar
- How To Law Blog (aiming for at least once per week during the Trimester)
- Mental Health and Wellbeing information blogs
- Mental Health and Wellbeing events:
- Physical exercise session
- Information session to create awareness about Mental Health
- Bake Sale
- Fruit and stationary drop
- Academic events:
NOTE: these are events that have operated over past years HOWEVER it is highly encouraged to innovate, create new initiatives and improve student engagement!
- Production of the ‘Student Handbook’ for law students
- Corresponding and facilitating communication with Law school staff
- Corresponding with high level Deakin administrative staff
- Communicating relevant information to students regarding their studies, welfare or other interests
- Commitment to students and their welfare
- Conflict resolution
- Time management
- Clear communication