I have been a Lecturer in Management and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) since 2008. As an educator I support individuals to build a sense of identity, to be excited about learning yet not fearful of failure. My intention is to create learning experiences that act as ‘stimuli’ for behavioural awareness and change. I encourage an individual’s higher-order critical thinking skills through experiential learning activities that can bring brain plasticity to life: long lasting functional changes that may occur when we learn new things or memorize new information. Critical reflection is central to developing my teaching practice that has transformational learning at its heart. For me reflection requires exploring both the inner and outer worlds and the dynamic relations that exist between my worlds.
My teaching practice embodies my PhD research and a framework I developed that addresses: ‘How can students engage with the learning environment to think, learn and show graduate attributes? In recent research I investigated the value of ‘students as partners’ as ‘lead feedback’ of teaching effectiveness: feedback that can be acted on during the semester. In was a 2018 recipient of a UTAS citation for an outstanding contribution to student learning. I am an active member of the SoTL community of practice at UTAS and the HERDSA special interest group on SoTL. I have co-authored cross-disciplinary publications on graduate attribute development, and am currently exploring what habits of mind are important for productivity or employability for preparing students for life.