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    Lacklustre management with a number of bullies thrown in the mix, avoid.

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Darwin (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Darwin (Australia)

    I have been working at Charles Darwin University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good number of highly professional and committed academics, located on a beautiful tropical campus. It doesn't rain for six months, but unlike other areas we don't have water restrictions or any lack of water.

    Cons

    Career limiting, few of my colleagues who have moved on (which most do due to a range of negative factors) have been able to secure work at the same level with other universities, senior lecturers with a decade of experience accepting lecturing roles as no employers will offer senior roles. High quality pedagogical practice is being discouraged, while multi choice assessments are promoted purely for profit, little to no regard is placed on student learning or future employability of graduates. Good academics who speak up against the current administration are bullied or simply ignored, producing a high rate of turnover - three years seems to be the average timeframe before good academics get out. Complete lack of support from senior management. Very limited focus on research, with academics expected to teach year round, while still having to maintain a number of publications each year. Outside of environmental science, few grants ever seem to come our way, in many instances CDU's reputation seems to precede grant applications - if it's not environmental science then there's no money. Funds from highly successful courses with high student numbers are siphoned off to support far less success or relevant courses with ten students, essentially punishing good lectures who produce compelling content in sought after areas by removing the potential to build these courses further.

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    Start leading, less rhetoric and more action. Stop running the place into the ground, and let us teach, let us attract students through growing the reputation of CDU. We have a long way to go to establish CDU as a credible place of higher education, let's work together rather than management being anti academics.

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