AUT Head of Researcher Development
Phone: +64 9 921 9694
Level 4 WU Building (Room WU410)
Private Bag 92006
Links to relevant web pages:
- PhD University of Auckland
- BSc(Hons) London
- Certificate of Education (postgraduate), Loughborough.
Memberships and Affiliations:
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.
- Masters level courses: Education, Educational Leadership
- Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research Methods and Design
- Postgraduate supervision: Doctoral students.
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).
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
- 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.
- Nationhood in Second Life
Current Research Projects:
- Conceptualising and operationalising Researcher Development
- Credibility in teaching and learning research
- Feedback and reflection on research supervision
- The scholarship of academic leadership
- Doctoral study within a dual role
- Induction and early career academics
- 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