Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

FAQ

What is the role of VAs?
VAs can act as mentors and supervisors of students undertaking research or practicums.  They can also participate in consultancies, contribute to online teaching materials, deliver teaching or guest lecturing as well as contribute to ongoing research or scholarship activities.

What are the expectations?
All VA staff are subject to the provisions of CSU's policies on:

  1. Outside Professional Activities;
  2. Intellectual Property; and
  3. the Code of Conduct for Staff.

Where HVA staff use CSU's facilities to assist in the generation of research publications, it is expected that their affiliation with the University will be noted on these publications.

What does CSU get out of the VA program?
The VA program provides the opportunity for CSU staff to have more vigorous interactions and collaborations with colleagues outside of CSU thus enhancing the learning, teaching and research experiences and activities of students and/or staff.

How do VAs fit into CSU?
VA titleholders have the status of CSU staff and may be granted access to staff privileges.  For ceremonial occasions, VA titleholders rank with equivalent levels of mainstream staff of CSU.

What are the benefits of being a VA?
Core privileges and benefits for VA Staff may include:

  • Access to the physical and online resources of the Division of Library Services;
  • Access to on-site information technology services, a CSU logon, use of the Internet for CSU purposes, and email (if eligible); and
  • A Staff ID Card specifying the card holder is a member of the VA Staff (if eligible).
  • VA titleholders have the status of CSU academic staff and may be granted access to staff privileges.
  • For ceremonial occasions, VA titleholders rank with equivalent levels of mainstream academic staff of CSU.
  • The names of VA titleholders may be listed under the appropriate Faculties or Research Centres in the CSU Handbook

What are the obligations of VA staff in regards to research publications?
Where VA titleholders use CSU's facilities to assist in the generation of research publication, it is expected that their affiliation with Charles Sturt University will be noted on these publications, which should be submitted to the University for the purposes of calculating research quantum.

What further opportunities are there for me?
VA staff have the opportunity of more vigorous interactions and communication with other HV staff as well as Faculty, Centre and School staff via 'Linkedin', which enables staff to exchange teaching and research information, ideas and opportunities with others.  Sign up now by visiting:  http://linkedin.com/

How long can I be a VA?
VA appointments are normally up to three (3) years in duration and may be renewed by mutual agreement.  CSU reserves the right to terminate a VA appointment with four (4) weeks' notice in writing.

How do I apply?
Make contact with the appropriate School or Centre Contact Person.  VA appointments are made by a nominator' (CSU staff member) completing a 'Recommendation to Offer a Visiting or Adjunct Appointment' form for the intended appointee and attaches a comprehensive curriculum vitae.  The appropriate Head of School or Director of Centre will then be asked to make a recommendation to the Dean, or Deputy Vice-Chancellor, as appropriate.

How to publish?
The appropriate CSU staff member in the School or Centre will be able to advise you about publishing opportunities.

How do I get an IT account (CSU logon, email and use of the Internet)?
Provision of access to on-site information technology services, a CSU logon, use of the Internet, and email is for CSU purposes only.  Where there is a reasonable expectation that another institution or affiliated body will continue to provide information technology services or support, no CSU logon will be provided.  The determination of a reasonable expectation is the responsibility of the Executive Director, Division of Information Technology. If you are eligible for an IT account you will be informed on confirmation of your appointment.

How do I get access to the Library?
Provision of access to the physical and online resources of the Division of Library Services is for CSU purposes only.  No access to online services will be provided to VA titleholders where there is a reasonable expectation that another institution or affiliated body will continue to provide information services.  The determination of a reasonable expectation is the responsibility of the Executive Director, Division of Library Services. If you are eligible for acess to library facilities you will be informed on confirmation of your appointment.

How do I get IT support?
IT support is provided to all staff and students of CSU by phoning 02 6338 4357 or 1300 653 088, or by visiting the website:  http://www.csu.edu.au/division/dit/services/service-desk/.  Operating Hours are:  8 am - 6 pm, Mondays to Fridays.

How do I get access to buildings?
Make contact with the appropriate School or Centre Contact Person.

What is the renewal process?
Make contact with the appropriate School or Centre Contact Person.

Why do you need my photo?
If your appointment entitles you to a CSU Staff ID Card specifying the cardholder is a member of the VA staff, then the Division of Student Services requires a photo for this card.

How can I contact other VAs?
The Faculty has set up a professional network system for HV staff, via 'Linkedin', which enables staff to exchange information, ideas and opportunities with others.  Sign up now by visiting:   http://linkedin.com/

How do I find other VAs in my field?
All VA staff and their areas of interest are located at the Faculty's VA staff website.

Where do I go for help?
Make contact with the appropriate School or Centre Contact Person.