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Corbell appointed adjunct professor at UC

By Charlotte Harper - 12 July 2016 9

Simon Corbell

The University of Canberra has appointed Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell as an adjunct professor.

As part of the university’s extended community, adjunct professors make a contribution to education and research at the University of Canberra, through sharing their skills and experience. They offer advice on courses, research and industry collaboration.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, Professor Lyndon Anderson welcomed Mr Corbell’s appointment.

“I’m very pleased that Mr Corbell will be joining the University of Canberra’s extensive community of adjunct professors,” Professor Anderson said.

“His knowledge and experience in fields such as urban planning, environment and health will benefit our staff and students and help strengthen our teaching and research activities.

“Mr Corbell is a University of Canberra graduate and was one of the first recipients of the University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2001.

“This appointment continues his strong ties with the University and we look forward to working with him.”

Mr Corbell, who graduated with an Arts degree from UC in 1994, said he was grateful to receive the honour as a graduate of the University.

“During my time as a Minister in Government, I am fortunate to have held portfolios that I am extremely passionate about,” Mr Corbell said.

“I consider the environment, urban planning and renewable energy initiatives to be particularly important for the ACT as a growing city.

“I have devoted much time to progressing innovative policy, programs and developments which position the Territory as a leader in Australia.

“I am honoured to have been recognised by the University, and I look forward to continuing work in these areas with staff and students in the future.”

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Corbell appointed adjunct professor at UC
DavidL 6:02 pm 18 Jul 16

@HenryBG

And the source of your comment is? Do some research.

Before I start, I am not an apologist for universities and their policies, in my case, in my view, I am being unfairly treated in the context of an unfair redundancy which I am fighting. But I am in favour of getting the facts – and having worked in administrative positions at 6 universities in Australia I have some experience in this area.

Have a look at the ANU’s policy on honorary appointments and visitors and identify whether the ‘benefits’ are real or actually incur obligations to the university https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000417 and use this link to explore further.

Or look at Wikipedia – a source of not always valid information but generally of some value where it states, in one example “Adjunct and conjoint professor is an honorary title bestowed upon a person to formally recognise that person’s non-employment ‘special relationship’ with the university.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_ranks_(Australia_and_New_Zealand)

As far as IT support goes most IT departments won’t provide any service for non institutional equipment unless it is directly related to using this in the context of university activiities. Bear in mind these areas, in today’s situation with university funding, are over-worked and overwhelmed. Personal wireless roouters are not generally allowed within a university and helping to set up a home wireless router is definitely not on the cards.

So before you reply please do enough research to quote back to me university policies, from any Australian source, which support your main comment. Google is your friend.

HenryBG 2:34 pm 18 Jul 16

miz said :

Adjunct appointments may be paid (including stipend) or unpaid, or have services provided as part of their agreement. Some get rooms and individual computers, some don’t. Often they are cheap labour with significant expertise, including their own research, supervision of research students, or substituting doing work for other academics, leaving them free for more research. Some, with no pay, apply and receive major grants including funding for other additional appointments – research assistants, etc. On the whole those who contribute are massively worthwhile. Some don’t contribute and if there is no agreement involving funding they are minimal cost – computer, possibly room/shared room. If they publish academic articles this brings the university extra income (from additional government funding). Some who contribute, in spite of this, are treated like sh… No, I am not an adjunct 🙂

On the whole they are not eating at the public trough and are good value for little or no expenditure.

The chances of this being unpaid are nil.

Also, people who occupy these sorts of positions make full use of various services the organisation has to fund, for example, they tend to have the local IT department regularly spending hours of their time fixing iPads or installing wireless routers for them.

DavidL 11:09 am 18 Jul 16

Adjunct appointments may be paid (including stipend) or unpaid, or have services provided as part of their agreement. Some get rooms and individual computers, some don’t. Often they are cheap labour with significant expertise, including their own reearch, supervision of research students, or substituting doing work for other academics, leaving them free for more research. Some, with no pay, apply and receive major grants including funding for other additional appointments – research assistants, etc. On the whole those who contribute are massively worthwhile. Some don’t contribute and if there is no agreement involving funding they are minimal cost – computer, possibly room/shared room. If they publish academic articles this brings the university extra income (from additional government funding). Some who contribute, in spite of this, are treated like sh… No, I am not an adjunct 🙂

On the whole they are not eating at the public trough and are good value for little or no expenditure.

pajs 10:06 am 18 Jul 16

justin heywood said :

so another $20,000 and $25,000 of public junket money goes to Corbell .

Do you have a source to support this claim? My understanding is that Adjunct appointments are honorary and unpaid.

gazket 10:22 am 17 Jul 16

so another $20,000 and $25,000 of public junket money goes to Corbell .

gooterz 4:31 pm 12 Jul 16

Conflict of interest?

MERC600 4:04 pm 12 Jul 16

dungfungus said :

dungfungus said :

Gee what a surprise. Another one on the payroll. Any room for our John ? Surely he deserves to be there as well. He could find time between his good contributions to Riot surely.

Given adjunct professors are not paid, not really one for the payroll.

Sorry. Stipend allowance..

pajs 2:40 pm 12 Jul 16

dungfungus said :

Gee what a surprise. Another one on the payroll. Any room for our John ? Surely he deserves to be there as well. He could find time between his good contributions to Riot surely.

Given adjunct professors are not paid, not really one for the payroll.

MERC600 12:02 pm 12 Jul 16

Gee what a surprise. Another one on the payroll. Any room for our John ? Surely he deserves to be there as well. He could find time between his good contributions to Riot surely.

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