New student Academic Services Manager for College of Humanities
Ms Karen Sallie, appointed Student Academic Services Manager at the College of Humanities, says she believes her new role will allow her to provide an improved service for students as well as heightened development opportunities for her staff.
‘I am excited and I feel this appointment will allow me to apply my experience in students’ academic services in a positive manner, which is an extension of my current functionality though at a higher level. I look forward to the challenge,’ said Sallie
‘My family and friends are incredibly proud of this achievement and I feel extremely blessed that they want the best for me. They keep pushing me to achieve more,’ she said.
Sallie has been working in academic services for many years at the University starting as an Assistant Faculty Officer in 2004 and moving on to a Postgrad Officer in the former Faculty of Education, and then Senior Faculty Officer to the Principal Academic Administrative Officer (PAAO) within the College of Humanities.
‘These opportunities have helped me to become diligent at looking after the basics which collectively help to create an environment of organisation. My colleagues have cottoned onto the need to look after the basics as they form the foundation for the bigger tasks. Attention to detail is critical,’ said Sallie.
Sallie, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education: Leadership and Management, believes her competencies match the new position as she has the right combination of skills and experience. ‘The new position will broaden my experience at a higher level of responsibility. As a PAAO I have achieved at the top of that level and with that experience I believe that I can make a positive contribution to an improved best practices philosophy.’
In her new capacity as Student Academic Services Manager, Sallie will be responsible for managing and coordinating student academic administration; the admission of students; on-going management of undergraduate, postgraduate, honours, masters, and doctoral students and managing the doctoral examination process. She will also have to ensure that rules, policies and procedures are adhered to.
‘I plan to emphasise the need for attention to detail as this impacts all the role players in areas such as personal performance, transparency and accountability, and improving service delivery to staff, students, parents and the public at large.’