Profile

I am an award-winning and innovative educator. I was a Lecturer at La Trobe University and Academic Coordinator of the Learning Hubs (2018-19), setting up a full program of learning support for students on all campuses and online. I have lectured in English Literature at the University of Melbourne, professional communication at the Melbourne Business School and have a particular interest in  doctoral development including as an external supervisor for doctoral candidates at the School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne and a lecturer in the Graduate Research School at La Trobe.

I have a track record of successfully managing small and large projects, particularly in building digital systems and resources, and in developing collaborations across institutions, to support student learning. I am passionate about helping students and researchers transition into the highest levels of achievement through one-to-one and group teaching, and online engagement. I have a wider interest in university policy and governance, particularly in increasing access to educational opportunity. 

My research focuses on the relationship between poetry and music; on 20th-century poetries; and, and on interdisciplinary cultural histories of language and literature. I am increasingly focusing on student learning and attainment. My new book, How to Fix your Academic Writing Trouble: A Practical Guide, co-authored with Dr Inger Mewburn of the Thesis Whisperer Blog and Shuan Lehman of ANU, is out with Open University Press. Our next book Level Up your Essays: Two Weeks to a Better Essay with the same team is due out in 2020 with NewSouth.

I am also writing Your PhD Survival Guide with my Thesis Boot Camp co-founders, Peta Freestone and Liam Connell, forthcoming with Routledge in 2021. 

I am available as a speaker and panelist, see my Victoria Women’s Trust Profile or contact me via this form. My Thesis Writing Masterclass is a 2-day program suitable for graduate researchers–the first session was given at Griffith University in September 2018.