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Teaching Philosophy
Teaching is a relationship between lecturer and student. My teaching philosophy is in three inter-related parts: encouraging student engagement; maintaining course relevance and quality; and encouraging deep learning.

The key to engagement is enthusiasm and desire on both sides, coupled with academically robust courses that provide current, relevant and authentic learning experiences. I ensure the learning outcomes link to the assessment, and that the assessment addresses the course content. I ensure my courses provide clear direction to students through appropriate language and a well designed web page. Students learn in a variety of different ways, and experience a variety of motivations to learning. I have a direct approach to student learning. I recognise the differences in student cohorts and attempt to engage students in an appropriate and rewarding manner. My philosophy is that students have the right to be treated equitably regardless of whether they are studying internally or by distance. It is my aim as a lecturer to engage all students regardless of their learning approaches. I want students to get the most from their learning experiences, and to engage with my courses in a way that sets the standard for their academic life and professional career.

My philosophy is to engage with my students via online content and through punctual feedback in order to provide a level of support that exceeds their student expectations. A lot of my students are distance based and first year, often struggling with full time employment and family commitments. Regardless of the influences on their outside lives, students deserve to receive a level of personal contact that can reduce feelings of isolation or being overwhelmed with their study. I am willing to engage students in discussion through a variety of high tech and low tech methods – from an online classroom to a simple phone call. Favourable student feedback received from past courses has reinforced the effectiveness of this approach, and the appreciation of students.

I want to encourage students to ask “why?” and for them to form the desire to answer that question themselves. I want students to go beyond surface learning and to seek a deeper level of understanding about the nature of professional communication. I use stories of current events and authentic learning tasks to get to this deep learning. Students are encouraged to share their own stories and to apply the course content in an individualised way, within the parameters of the course learning outcomes. This constructivist approach has also received favourable student feedback.

I love what I do. I enjoy teaching and I believe in the content that I am teaching. If students see my commitment to the course content and to the industry, and then develop their own respect of professional communication and satisfy the learning outcomes of the courses, I have achieved my goal.

Awards and Recognition

2017
National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning for producing work-ready graduates by developing and implementing innovative best practice teamwork assessments, that motivate, inspire and retain students, Department of Education and Training, Australian Government.
2017
Student Voice Awards for Educator of the Year 2017 Certificate of Commendation, Term 2, Public Relations and the Media.
2017
Student Voice Awards for On-Campus Educator of the Year 2017 Certificate of Commendation, Term 1, Introduction to Journalism.
2016
Shortlisted. Educational Publishing Awards, Australian Publishers Association, Best Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning Resource, Communication Skills for Business Professionals, Cambridge University Press.
2016
Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Teaching (Tier 2), for outstanding contribution to the development and implementation of innovative best practice teamwork assessments, which motivate, inspire and retain students, producing work-ready graduates.
2016
Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Good Practice in Learning and Teaching (Tier 1), for excellence in developing and implementing innovative best practice teamwork assessments and for encouraging engagement and support in the process from students, peers and industry.
2016
Student Voice Commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia
2016
Student Voice Commendation, Term 1, Advanced Public Relations, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia
2016
Student Voice Commendation, Term 1, Introduction to Journalism, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia
2015
Student Voice Commendation, Term 2, Public Relations and the Media, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2015
Student Voice Commendation, Term 1, Introduction to Public Relations, Rockhampton on campus lecturer, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2014
Student Voice Commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University Australia.
2014
Course evaluation commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2014
Course evaluation commendation, Term 1, Introduction to Public Relations, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2013
Highest student satisfaction score, School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2013
Student Voice Commendation, on campus teaching, Term 1, Media Writing, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2013
Student Voice Commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2013
Student Voice Commendation, Term 1, Media Writing, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia
2013
Student Voice Commendation, Term 1, Introduction to Public Relations, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2012
Student Voice Commendation, on campus teaching, Media Writing, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2012
Student Voice Commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2012
Student Voice Commendation, Term 1, Media Writing, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2012
Student Voice Commendation, Term 1, Introduction to Public Relations, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2011
Course evaluation commendation, Term 2, Advanced Public Relations Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.
2011
Course evaluation commendation, Term 2, Organisational Communication, Course Coordinator, Central Queensland University, Australia.

Post Graduate supervisions

Principal Supervisor, PhD Candidate, CQUniversity, Paramedic clinical decision making: a comparison of different paramedic educational curriculums (Commenced 2016)

Principal Supervisor, Master of Health Science, CQUniversity, Food allergy: impact of social media patient acceptance of medical information (Commenced 2016)


Associate Supervisor, PhD Candidate, University of Southern Queensland,  Learning Analytics and complexity (Commenced 2016)

Associate Supervisor, PhD Candidate, CQUniversity, The role of simulation in the construction of an undergraduate sonography curriculum: an evaluative case study (Commenced 2015)

Associate Supervisor,  PhD Candidate,  CQUniversity, Social media and Defence families (Commenced 2015)

Associate Supervisor, PhD Candidate, CQUniversity, A global ethnographic comparative analysis of radiography. (Commenced 2013)

Critical reader for Professional Doctorate student, A proposal to manage social mediated You Tube threats to the reputation of the Queensland Police Service (Graduated 2014).


Unit Development

Introductory level
•  Introduction to Journalism (Law and Ethics module)
•  Communication and Democracy (Political Communication module)
•  Media Writing
•  Introduction of Public Relations

Advanced level
•  Advanced Public Relations
•  Organisational Communication

Unit Coordination/lecturing

Unit Coordination includes preparation and presentation of lectures and tutorials across multi-campuses and distance students.

Introductory level (multi-campus and Distance mode)
•  Introduction to Public Relations
•  Media Writing

Advanced level (multi-campus and Distance mode)
•  Advanced Public Relations
•  Organisational Communication
•  Public Relations and the Media
•  Communication Project A
•  Communication Project B

Lecturer (Internal and Distance mode)
•  Introduction to Journalism (Law and Ethics module)
•  Media Writing (Student Voice Award 2012, Student Voice Award 2013)
•  Introduction of Public Relations (Commendation 2012 and 2013)
•  Advanced Public Relations
•  Organisational Communication (Commendation 2012 and 2013)
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