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ACHIEVEMENTS 3

International Bridging Program (IBP)

In 2011, through the Graduate Centre, I taught in the University of Adelaide’s International Bridging Program (IBP). This program aims to help postgraduate international ‘research’ students develop an understanding of the academic, linguistic and cultural conventions of postgraduate study in their disciplines. Compulsory for all commencing Master and PhD candidates, seminars covered key topics in research communication and discipline/paradigm-specific issues, and were coupled with one-to-one consultations focused on students’ research proposals.

English Language Methodology Lecturer

In 2011, I was the English Language Curriculum and Methodology Coordinator (Junior and Senior levels) in the Graduate Diploma in Education Program at the University of Adelaide. This course was designed for (a) education administrators and managers; (b) policy makers and education planning professionals; and (c) general and specialist curriculum teachers to receive insights into creative and innovative approaches to, and methodologies for, the teaching of this subject. This course provided a theoretical and practical pre–service qualification for English language teachers in Australia and abroad. In brief, I led teacher training that incorporated young adolescent literature, classroom and professional materials of necessity and interest, and techniques for building practical strategies to support student learning and development within a broad range of educational settings, but more specifically SACE.

National MET Facilitator

In 2012, I completed the ‘Mentoring for Effective Teaching’ (MET) program, as part of the Teacher Education Done Differently (TEDD) project funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). This program was founded on action research conducted by teachers for teachers, stressing the importance of a discourse community whose members can take advantage of each other’s expertise to create new pedagogical insights. I am a ‘nationally’ accredited MET program facilitator and have the capacity to work with staff to identify, implement and embed strategic interventions to improve student learning.

HERDSA Commissioned Report

In 2012, I was lead researcher for a Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) project at the University of Adelaide on ‘Australian learning and teaching scholarship and research’. I am presently undertaking a comprehensive review of what has been learnt in the last five years (2008-2012) and creating a database of prominent articles tackling this issue from an Australian perspective. I will then be required to create forums and other knowledge sharing opportunities to discuss the findings and explore future directions. Participation in this project will maximise my publishing output in national refereed journals and for presentation at national and international academic seminars and conferences over both the short- and long-term.

Sino-Australian Forum in Beijing, China

In 2015, I was selected as 1 of 50 Australians to attend the ‘Sino-Australia Forum on Transnational Education and Student Mobility’ in Beijing 27-28 March, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Australian Department of Education and Training. After this event, I co-authored book chapter with fellow attendees titled: Australian students in China: Making the foreign familiar. In F. Dervin, X. Du & A. Härkönen (Eds.), International students in China: Education, student life and intercultural encounters. Palgrave Macmillan.

Eynesbury Institute of Business & Technology (EIBT)

From 2013-2016, I was Academic Advisor (Deputy Director role) at the Eynesbury Institute of Business & Technology (EIBT); a pre-university pathway provider offering diplomas for international students with low English-language proficiency (75% Chinese students, 25% other international) who had been given provisional entry into the University of Adelaide. Foremost, I engaged departmental team members by overseeing their recruitment, training, development and performance management to ensure high levels of competence and commitment to partner institutions. Moreover, I devised staff and student policies and procedures, and analysed empirically-based data using standard analytical/statistical techniques to prepare meaningful and impactful reports for strategic decision-making by the Academic Directorate. Coordinating the reporting of information across the Institute, I regularly published media—print and digital formats—containing content appropriate for many and varied purposes and audiences.

Pearson Education MWL

In 2016, I lead a pilot project to implement Pearson’s MyWritingLab (MWL) across the Business School—undergraduate level—at the University of South Australia. The MWL is an online program that aims to elevate students’ English grammar through personalised and integrated learning aids, and intuitive digital navigation.

 

Extra-Curricular Capabilities

In terms of extra-curricular activities, since the age of two years, I have explored many genres of dance including: ballet; calisthenics; contemporary; folk; hip-hop; jazz; marching; modern; and tap dance. I have completed gold examinations in jazz, modern and tap dance from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). I performed in the prestigious Royal Tournament for Queen Elizabeth II and for several years I was a professional cheerleader for the ‘Adelaide Crows’ Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Other co-curricular activities I have experience in facilitating include, but are not limited to: athletics, camping, concerts, debating, musical productions/theatre, netball, service programs, taiko drumming, tennis, trekking/hiking, and volleyball.

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