E J Barker Fellowship

The E J Barker Fellowship was established by the University Council to support the professional development of academic and teaching staff.The Fellowship is awarded biennially (in years ending with an even number).

The Fellowship is named in honour of Mr E J (Jack) Barker, a former lecturer in mechanical engineering at the School of Mines and Industries (SMB) - a predecessor institution of Federation University. Jack Barker's career in education in Ballarat began in 1949 with his appointment to the staff of SMB. In 1960 he was appointed Vice-Principal and in 1964 became Principal of SMB. He continued in this position until 1976, when he was appointed as the Foundation Director of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education, a role he filled with distinction until his retirement in 1987. In 1985-86 Jack Barker served as Chair of the Australian Committee of Directors and Principals in Advanced Education.

2014 recipient

Dr Jessica ReevesLecturer, Environmental ScienceSchool of Applied and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Technology

Scope and eligibility

Academic and teaching staff of the University employed in their current position for a minimum of 12 months, in either a continuing or fixed-term position which extends for at least one year beyond the completion of the proposed program submitted, are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. The Fellowship will not normally be made available to Executive Deans/Directors.

The Fellowship may be used for a structured program to support and enhance the professional knowledge, skills and abilities of University staff. Examples of appropriate activities include: inter-institutional visit(s) to other Universities (especially dual-sector institutions), TAFE Institutes and/or professional association(s); advanced leadership and/or discipline specific short courses; study tours and/or industry placements. The Fellowship is not available to fund research, research training or formal award courses.

Applicants for the Fellowship must be able to demonstrate how the proposed program supports the University's Strategic Plan, particularly University values and current priorities.  The program must be of relevance to the applicant's current position and/or career development.

Applications require the endorsement of the relevant Executive Dean/Director. Deans will use the Performance Review and Development Program (PRDP) to help identify, support and encourage Fellowship nominations. The successful applicant will be required to confirm the ways in which they will seek to transfer and share their Fellowship experiences with work colleagues and the broader University community.

The Fellowship is valued at a maximum of $12,000 and all funds allocated must be expended within one year of the announcement of the Fellowship.

Within six to eight weeks of completing the Fellowship program, the successful applicant must provide a final written report to the Vice-Chancellor, which will briefly outline the program undertaken, identify its outcomes and indicate how the outcomes have been/will be disseminated within the University.

Please note that if the recipient of an Award resigns from the University within 12 months of the Award's announcement, they may be required by the University to re-pay in whole or part of Award funds expended.

Application and selection processes

The E J Barker Fellowship Committee oversees the application and selection processes. The Committee is established by the Vice-Chancellor and comprises:

  • A lay member of University Council (as Chair);
  • Chair of Academic Board or nominee;
  • A member of the Academic Board; and
  • A nominee of the Vice-Chancellor.

The Committee will reflect gender representation in its composition.

The Committee through the nominee of the Vice-Chancellor will call for applications, consider them against the selection criteria and make a recommendation to the Vice-Chancellor on the awarding of the Fellowship.  The Vice-Chancellor will report the outcome to the University Council.

The timetable for applications and the selection process would normally be as follows:

April: Applications called for in early April, followed by reminders in May, June and the commencement of July.

July: Applications close at the end of July.

August: Committee established by Vice-Chancellor early in August.  Applicants may be invited to speak to their application before the Committee. Committee finalises recommendation to the Vice-Chancellor and provides a brief review on the application/selection processes.

October: Fellowship recipient announced.


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