VP Development

Vice President (Development) Duties

From the constitution:

The Vice-President for Development shall attend to matters related to political and curriculum developments in mathematics education, professional development for both teachers and researchers, capacity building of the association and its members, and shall compile an accurate record of all the activities of the office.

Duties related to MERGA’s aims

Working with other executive members and members of MERGA to:

  • promote quality research related to the teaching and learning of mathematics;
  • disseminate information on recent mathematics education developments;
  • seek to influence decision makers at all levels of teaching and teacher education to take into account research findings in mathematics education;
  • provide means for members to communicate with each other on matters concerning the teaching and learning of mathematics education;
  • maintain liaison with other organisations with interests in the mathematics education.

Typical activities and responsibilities

This is a position that will normally be filled by an Australian member of MERGA because of MERGA's relationship with FASTS  (Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies). A member from New Zealand is seconded to help identify equivalent opportunities in New Zealand. If a New Zealander is elected, an Australian will need to be seconded to do this in Australia.

The duties of the Vice President (Development) include:

  • Represent MERGA members on FASTS and other relevant peak bodies and to ensure that communications about, to and from these bodies are made available to MERGA members
  • Represent MERGA or arrange for its representation at meetings with AAMT, AustMS, AMSI and other mathematical and professional associations, and to liaise with these bodies about matters of common interest
  • Communicate with members about national initiatives related to mathematics in schools, mathematics teacher registration and teacher education, and to represent or arrange for representation of MERGA on relevant working groups and events related to such national initiatives
  • Prepare submissions for national and other relevant enquiries
  • Organise, correspond, and meet with judges nominated annually to select winners of the PIA and ECA conference awards
  • Handle proposals for and the management of professional development opportunities for MERGA members
  • Propose and manage press releases and other forms of media and public communication
  • Canvas New Zealand members on issues where MERGA could help influence the political scene, and respond accordingly
  • Stimulate and promote quality research related to teaching and learning
  • Keep the Development webpages up to date