Associate Professor Jennie Billot

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AUT Head of Researcher Development

Phone: +64 9 921 9694

Email: jbillot@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

AUT University
Level 4 WU Building (Room WU410)
Wellesley St
Auckland 1010

Postal Address:

Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142

Qualifications:

  • PhD University of Auckland
  • BSc(Hons) London
  • Certificate of Education (postgraduate), Loughborough.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Biography:

Experience

I have held a number of leadership roles in higher education, including teaching, directorships of research centres, as well as  research and advisory positions.


I am currently the University's Head of Researcher Development — a role that involves me leading varied initiatives and projects to support researcher capability building at AUT.

AUT specific initiatives/projects include:

  • The development of supervision feedback strategies (in process)
  • The AUT Researcher Development Project (2014-15) — assessing research support for staff and students at AUT, facilitating a cross-University activity database and developing a comprehensive researcher development programme
  • Examination of the postgraduate student research culture
  • Piloting of a national Transferable Skills programme
  • The development and facilitation of the Research Blog Thesislink (www.thesislink.aut.ac.nz)
  • Assessment of the roles for mentoring supervisors
  • The development of video interviewing of research staff, students and workshops
  • The creation of a research student peer mentoring scheme.

Teaching Areas:

  • Masters level courses: Education, Educational Leadership
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research Methods and Design
  • Postgraduate supervision: Doctoral students.

Research Summary:

International collaboration and research have been germane to my development as an academic. Previously, as research centre and project director I examined school leadership; evaluated educational issues (for example home-schooling and school review), the use of the Internet in New Zealand (the project is part of an international consortium of 30 countries) and the impact of the Internet on social well-being; and delivered leadership programmes.


Further studies involved researching school programmes for children at risk; children as viewers within broadcasting; and language development strategies to enhance student success; and the impact of technology on tertiary teaching. My personal research interests include leadership, academic identity, higher education and postgraduate education and supervision.


Current collaborations focus on Researcher Development, supervision and doctoral study. Journal editorships and reviewing within higher education and leadership, policy and practice support these fields. Recent invitations have included designing and facilitating a leadership programme for women in Saudi Arabia (2015) and a professional development programme for academics in Japan (2017).

Supervision

I have supervised and examined Masters and Doctoral students’ research, sometimes supervising as the methodologist. I have supervised research topics in disciplines that include:

Masters: Education; Osteopathy; Medical Imaging; Health Science
Doctoral:
Education:

  • Technology use in teaching in higher education
  • Mentoring of new teachers in primary schools
  • The use of wikis in collaborative learning in higher education
  • Psychological Capital and experiences of academic leaders during change and challenge
  • Educational outcomes for domestic undergraduate South Asian students.

Social Sciences:

  • Nationhood in Second Life

Current Research Projects:

  1. Conceptualising and operationalising Researcher Development
  2. Credibility in teaching and learning research
  3. Feedback and reflection on research supervision
  4. The scholarship of academic leadership
  5. Doctoral study within a dual role
  6. Induction and early career academics

Schedule:

  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Executive committee meeting and conference. Sydney, February, June and November 2017
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference. Paper presentation and conference workshop on developing SIGs. Sydney 2017.
  • Convenor of the 3 annual AUT Postgraduate Research Writers' Retreats: Doctoral (2) and Masters (1)
  • Academic Identities conference, Sydney, 2016.

Leader of the ISSOTL International Collaborative Writing Group for Researcher Development (online and meeting) in Melbourne, 2015-2017

Publications:

  • Billot, J., & King, V. (2017). The missing measure? Academic identity and the induction process. Higher Education, Research & Development, Special Issue: Academic life in the measured university: Pleasures, paradoxes and politics, 36(3), 612-624.
  • Billot, J., Rowland, S., Carnell, B., Amundsen, C., & Evans, T. (2017). How experienced SoTL researchers develop the credibility of their work. Teaching Learning Inquiry, 5(1).
  • Billot, J. (2017). Adding strength to leaders' agency: Privileging the relational space between academics. Presentation at the International Leadership Association Conference: Leadership in Turbulent Times. Brussels. 
  • Billot, J., & King, V. (2016). Creative research strategies for exploring academic identity. In J. Smith, J. Rattray, T. Peseta, & D. Loads, (Eds.), Identity work in the contemporary university: Exploring an uneasy profession, (pp.157-186). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Skorobohacz, C., Billot, J., Khong, L., & Murray, S., G. (2016).Metaphors as expressions of followers' experiences with academic leadership. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(5),1053-1067.
  • Billot, J. (2016). The real and the imagined: identifying the tensions for academic identity. 2010 paper selected for a special edition: in B. Macfarlane, (Ed.), From identity to identities: a story of fragmentation. Special virtual edition. http://explore.tandfonline.com/content/ed/academic-identities-vs
  • McNaughton, S., & Billot, J. (2016). Negotiating academic teacher identity shifts during higher education contextual change. Teaching in Higher Education, 21(6), 644-658.
  • Billot, J., & King, V.(2015).Understanding academic identity through metaphor. Teaching in Higher Education, 20(8), 833-844.
  • Billot, J., & Irvine, A. (2015). Supporting researchers at different career levels. HERDSA conference: Learning for life and work in a complex world. Melbourne.
  • Billot, J. (2015) Developing research education videos: Building postgraduate students’ research capabilities. Video for the Learning and Teaching Development Fund e-book. Auckland University of Technology.
  • Billot, J., & King, V. (2015). Positive staff development interventions to enhance academic life and work in our complex world. HERDSA conference: Learning for life and work in a complex world. Melbourne.
  • Westberry, N., McNaughton, S., Billot, J., & Gaeta, H. (2014). Resituation or resistance? Higher education teachers’ adaptations to technological change. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 24(1), 101-116.
  • McNaughton, S., Westberry, N., Billot, J., & Gaeta, H. (2014). Exploring teachers’ perceptions of videoconferencing practice through space, movement and the material and virtual environments. Journal of Mixed Research Approaches, 8(1), 87-99.
  • Billot, J. (2014). The leader-follower dyad: A critical focus for leadership in change? HERDSA Conference, Hong Kong.
  • King, V., & Billot, J. (2014). Creative research strategies for exploring academic identity. Academic Identities Conference, Durham, UK.
  • Billot, J., Jones, M., & Banda, M. (2014). Supervisor development and reflection. HERDSA Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Jones, M., Billot, J., & Banda, M. (2014). Developing supervisors through mentorship. Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
  • Billot, J., West, D., Khong, L., Skorobohacz, C., Roxa, T., Murray, S., & Gayle, G. (2013). Followership in higher education: Academic teachers and their formal leaders. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 1(2), 91-103.
  • Westberry, N., & McNaughton, S., Billot, J., & Gaeta, H. (2013). Lost in space: Physically, virtually, and pedagogically. In S. Frielick, N. Buissink-Smith, P. Wyse, J. Billot, J. Hallas, & E. Whitehead (Eds.), Research and Development in Higher Education: The Place of Learning and Teaching, 36, (pp 502 - 513). Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Billot, J., & King, V.(2015).Understanding academic identity through metaphor. Teaching in Higher Education, 20(8), 833-844.DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2015.1087999
  • Billot, J., & Irvine, A. (2015). Supporting researchers at different career levels. HERDSA conference: Learning for life and work in a complex world. Melbourne.
  • Billot, J., & King, V. (2015). Positive staff development interventions to enhance academic life and work in our complex world. HERDSA conference: Learning for life and work in a complex world. Melbourne.
  • Westberry, N., McNaughton, S., Billot, J., & Gaeta, H. (2014). Resituation or resistance? Exploring higher education teachers’ adaptations to technological change. Technology, Pedagogy, and Education, DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2013.86
  • McNaughton, S., Westberry, N., Billot, J., & Gaeta, H. (2014). Exploring teachers’ perceptions of videoconferencing practice through space, movement and the material and virtual environments. Journal of Mixed Research Approaches, 8(1), 87-99. mra.e-contentmanagement.com/archives/exploring-teachers
  • Billot, J., West, D., Khong, L., Skorobohacz, C., Roxa, T., Murray, S., & Gayle, G. (2013). Followership in higher education: Academic teachers and their formal leaders. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 1(2), 91-103.
  • Westberry, N., & McNaughton, S., Billot, J., & Gaeta, H. (2013). Lost in space:
    Physically, virtually, and pedagogically. In S. Frielick, N. Buissink-Smith, P. Wyse, J. Billot, J. Hallas, & E. Whitehead (Eds.), Research and Development in Higher Education: The Place of Learning and Teaching, 36 (pp 502 - 513). Auckland, New Zealand. herdsa.org.au/conference/HERDSA_2013
  • Billot, J., & Codling, A. (2013). Voicing the tensions of implementing research strategies: Implications for organizational leaders. Management in Education, 27(2), 75-80. doi: 10.1177/0892020613476729
  • Billot, J., Jones, M., & Banda, M. (2013). Enhancing the postgraduate research culture and community. In S. Frielick, N. Buissink-Smith, P. Wyse, J. Billot, J. Hallas, & E. Whitehead, (Eds.), Research and Development in Higher Education: The Place of Learning and Teaching, 36 (pp 48 - 57). Auckland, New Zealand. herdsa.org.au/conference/HERDSA_2013
  • Billot, J. (2013). Follower experience of the leadership dyad. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, Brighton, UK.
  • Jones, M., Billot, J., Banda, M., & Smith, N. (2013). The challenge of the supervision mentorship- whose journey is it? HERDSA conference, Auckland.
  • Westberry, N., McNaughton, S., Gaeta, H., & Billot, J. (2012). Sustaining a problematic innovation: A ‘grounds-eye’ view of video conferencing through teachers’ experiences. In M. Brown, M. Hartnett, & T. Stewart (Eds.), Future challenges, sustainable futures. Proceedings Ascilite Wellington 2012 (pp. 1039-1043). http://www.ascilite2012.org/page.php?31
  • Billot, J., Jones, M., & Banda, M. (April, 2012). Enhancement of a postgraduate research environment and culture: Research in progress. In M. Kiley (Ed.), Narratives of Transition: Perspectives of research leaders, educators and postgraduates: Proceedings of the 2012 Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, (p. 257). Canberra: The Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching, The Australian National University.
  • Billot, J., & Codling, A. (2011). Lost in translation: Aligning strategies for research. Journal of Higher Education Management and Policy, 23(3), 93-113.
  • Xiaomin, J., Kumar, R., Billot, J., & Smith, R. (2011). Developing research skills and capability in higher education: Combining collaborative research with mentoring. Journal of Educational Leadership Policy & Practice, 26(1), 42-55.
  • Billot, J. (2011). The changing research context: Implications for leadership. Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management, 33(1), 37-46.

Awards:

  • 2016 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • 2013 Nominated and selected by AUT University for the New Zealand Women in Leadership programme
  • AUT Faculty of Applied Humanities: conference and research grants
  • 2007 New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society (NZEALS) President's Award For Meritorius Research and Scholarship.
  • 1995 Federation of University Women Research Fellowship.
  • Aeronautical award (aged 16): the Scheel-Bauer trophy for the youngest solo pilot.
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