Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Chinese New Year round the corner

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and the reb will 'close shop' for a few days to balik kampung (return home) to kampar where my parents and brother and his family stays.

Chinese New Year is the most elaborate and important festival in the Chinese culture. it is celebrated on the first day of the First Moon of the Lunar Calendar. the chinese used the moon to calculate their calendar. CNY is a time for the Chinese to congratulate each other for passing through another year and welcome the arrival of a new year. this coming new chinese year is the year of the rat - the beginning of another cycle in the chinese horoscope.

all Chinese holidays stress the significance of family ties. among all, the Chinese New Year's Eve reunion dinner is the most important family occasion of the year. everybody tries to make the trip home to have the reunion dinner. woe to the sons who miss this auspicious event! of course, not to forget is the lou sang - the chinese dish of raw fish and other delicacies where everyone put in their chopsticks and raise up the food as high as possible. this is to ensure prosperity and long life for the new year ahead.

Often times, a luck character is displayed in Chinese homes and department stores. It is written on red paper with black ink. This character is "Fook" (Fortune), and is hung or posted upside down to symbolize fortune has arrived. (In the Chinese language, the word "Upside down" is a homonym of the word "Arrival").

Monday, 4 February 2008

Vacant position

Faculty of Education and Arts
Professor of Theology
School of Humanities and Social Science
Position No. 792

The University is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar to the newly established Morpeth Chair of Theology in the Faculty of Education and Arts. Suitable candidates might come from any relevant sub-discipline, with preference for systematic or dogmatic theology.

The position is available on a full-time, continuing basis.
Women are particularly encouraged to apply as they are under-represented at senior academic levels in the School/Faculty.

Position Description

Essential Criteria
• Research doctorate or equivalent research achievement in theology.
• A strong research track record in theology, as demonstrated through funded research and/or high impact publications.
• International reputation in theology, and demonstrated impact of research in theology.
• Demonstrated record of successful teaching in theology at higher education level.
• Demonstrated ability to lead a team in developing a new degree program in theology.
• Ability to engage with relevant communities outside the university in promoting research collaboration and outcomes.

Desirable Criteria
• Experience in successful leadership in a University setting.
• Successful record of supervising research higher degrees.
• Successful record of leading research teams in theology.

The Position Classification Standard for Professor, Level E should be viewed before applying.

Conditions and Benefits

Academic Level E $126,089 per annum.
Compulsory contributory superannuation is a condition of employment plus generous employer contribution of 17%.

The successful applicant will be offered employment on an Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA). You may choose to have your conditions of employment covered by an AWA or a Certified Agreement.

A range of flexible salary packaging options is also available.
Further information on benefits and conditions of employment is available at the following link: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/employment/conditions.html

Further Information

For additional information on the position please contact Professor Terry Lovat, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Education and Arts on 49216445.

Related Links
• Faculty of Education and Arts
• University of Newcastle Annual Report

Closing Date

Applications close on Friday 02 November 2007. (extended)

Note: All applications must include a statement addressing each selection criteria.
All applications must include the Application for Employment Cover Sheet (PDF or MS Word) including an email and/or fax address for each nominated referee.
Please read the important information contained via the How to apply link before submitting your application.

How to Submit Your Application

DO NOT send your application to the Faculty or Division in which the position is located.

For Internal applicants Current University of Newcastle staff members MUST use HRonline to lodge their application.
• Log into HRonline
• Click on University Job Vacancies
• Click Apply for a Vacancy and select the position you wish to apply for

For External applicants

Please forward your application by email to: employment@newcastle.edu.au and ensure you quote the position number and title in the subject line of your email.

Attachments must be in either Word Version 6.0 (.doc) or later, or Rich Text Format.
Applicants who do not have access to email can still provide a paper application, in one of the following ways:

You should staple your application in the top left corner with the Application For Employment Cover Sheet (PDF or MS Word) on top. Please do not submit your application(s) in binders, folders or plastic sleeves as often the applications are required to be photocopied by Human Resource Services staff.

1. By hand, ensuring that you include one (1) copy of your complete application to:

Human Resource Services
1st Floor, Eastern Wing
The Chancellery
Ring Road
Callaghan Campus
The University of Newcastle

2. By mail, ensuring that you include one (1) copy of your complete application to:

Client Service Teams
Human Resource Services
University of Newcastle

Envelopes containing your application should be clearly marked "Confidential", and indicate the Position Number for which you are applying.

3. By fax, sending one (1) copy of your application to:
a confidential fax on (+61 2) 4921 5285.