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Overview

Current Work

I teach general and organic chemistry to first year students studying health degrees at the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University. I am dedicated to positively addressing the challenge of scaffolding the academic success with a demanding curriculum. I am particularly concerned with enhancing the quality of my courses and student learning outcomes through scholarly reflection and systematic evaluation.

As First Year Coordinator, I facilitate the orientation and transition of 300 students each year in the School of Medical Science.

My greatest strengths are that I can relate to and connect with students from many backgrounds and with diverse abilities; I enjoy the process of learning and the content I teach; and I love to share that enthusiasm with the students, to see them succeed and to have a rich and satisfying university experience.
 

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Expertise Keywords

  • First Year University students
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Student engagement

Subject Area Codes

  • Organic Chemistry

Country Affiliations

  • Australia

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 16 (Other: 16)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Presentation
    Introduction of ePortfolios to promote employability for Foundation Year Health students,   Celebrating Teaching Week, Griffith University,   2015,  
    100 Griffith staff
  • Presentation
    Laboratory to large classes: researching what 'works' in large foundation year health courses,   Queensland University Educators Showcase,   2016,  
    As the first annual showcase sponsored by QPEN, educators from across Queensland are invited to network and learn from higher education colleagues across keynote presentations, short seminars and workshops on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 September 2016.

Learning and Teaching

Contribution to Learning and Teaching

My area of academic practice is the first-year large-cohort context in the health sciences. I teach two Foundation Year Health (FYH) physical science courses that have challenges of scale, diversity, and academic readiness. I am dedicated to positively addressing the challenge of scaffolding the academic success with a demanding curriculum. I am particularly concerned with enhancing the quality of my courses and student learning outcomes through scholarly reflection and systematic evaluation. My work on the processes for diagnostic testing of assumed entry level knowledge in mathematics and supplementary academic support, and academic recovery for students with early failure has received recognition at School, Group, and Institutional levels, with Learning and Teaching Grants, a Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Learning & Teaching Citation, a Dean’s Commendation for Excellent Teaching, and an international journal publication. Most importantly, my students both appreciate my efforts and improve their learning and academic achievement in my classes as a result of my activities and interventions.  

Current and Past Courses

  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems 1 (1013ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2019.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Chemistry of Biological Sys I (1001MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Chemistry in Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Chemistry of Biol Systems II (1015MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Cells. Tissues & Regulation (1014MSC)
    Teacher, Mixed Mode, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2010.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

Co-supervisor for Ryan Shiels

Background

Education and Training

  • BScHons Bachelor Of Science With Honours, University of Queensland 1998 - 2001
  • BBehSc Bachelor Of Behavioural Science, Griffith University 1993 - 1995
  • GCertHigherEd Graduate Certificate In Higher Education, Griffith University 2010 - 2012

Awards and Honours

  • Deans (Learning and Teaching) Commendation - Health, Griffith University 2010 -
  • Learning and Teaching Citation - Health, Griffith University 2013 -
  • Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching - High Impact Strategies, Griffith University 2014 -
  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government 2015 -

Internal service roles

  • Member, Griffith Honours College Virtual Faculty 2014 -
  • First Year Coordinator representative, Griffith Health Group Learning and Teaching Committee 2014 -

Professional memberships

  • MRACI Member, Royal Australian Chemical Institute -