Under the DASSH Discipline Support Strategy, DASSH established a Networks 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:
- To provide network members with professional development, on issues such as standards and outcomes, higher education policy, leadership, resource sharing and professional skills
- To engage members as advocates for humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) disciplines, emphasising teaching and learning issues.
The Network meets twice annually, with the most recent meeting taking place in September 2019.
Future meetings have been postponed pending the easing of domestic and international travel restrictions related to the spread of COVID-19.
Gavin believes that the Network constitutes a powerful opportunity for enacting professional development on higher education policy and practice, in promoting leadership in the academy and for sharing resources.