I am an award-winning and innovative educator. Currently, I am Academic Coordinator at International House, the University of Melbourne. I manage the academic program including academic advising, teaching, the library and archives, and graduate student academic development.
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 was published in March 2021 with NewSouth. Your PhD Survival Guide: Planning, Writing, and Succeeding in Your Final Year, written with my Thesis Boot Camp co-founders, Peta Freestone and Liam Connell, was published in December 2020.
I offer writing workshops to universities in Australia and internationally. Short classes, whole day and two-day writing masterclasses suitable for graduate researchers and supervisors can be delivered online or face-to-face.
University clients include: Canberra, Griffith, QUT, UNSW, Melbourne, RMIT, Monash, Deakin, La Trobe, Liverpool John Moore University (UK). To enquire, contact me via this form.
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 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 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, increasingly, on interdisciplinary cultural histories of language and literature.