Position

Senior Lecturer Higher Education: First Year Undergraduate Teaching Advisor
Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

Biography

I currently hold the position of Senior Lecturer in Higher Education: First Year Undergraduate Teaching Adviser, a role that provides me with the opportunity to draw on my knowledge and experience to lead initiatives with as well as support staff who work with first year students. I have worked in higher education for over 20 years in both Australia and England, as a lecturer and in libraries (in a range of different roles). I have also tutored and worked as a research assistant on various projects which explored: support for first year students; preparing academics to teach in universities and redeveloping curriculum. I am committed to ensuring university teaching provides students from a diverse range of backgrounds with opportunities to succeed, my current role builds on this commitment.

In May 2011 my doctoral thesis titled "The knowledge economy goes to work: a critical analysis of policy and practice in Australian Technology Network universities and their libraries" was conferred by UniSA. The thesis utilises aspects of critical discourse analysis to explore policy and practice in higher education.

Qualifications

2002 - 2011  University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, Doctor of Education
2001  University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Graduate Certificate in Adult Education in Training
2001  University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training
1996 - 1997  Thames Valley University, London, UK, Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Research Methods
1991 - 1993  University of North London, London, UK, Postgraduate Diploma in Information Studies
1985 - 1988  James Cook University, Townsville, Qld, Australia, Bachelor of Arts (History/Politics Major)

Honours, awards and grants

2015 Co-lead on OLT Seed Grant “Helping first-year students flourish through languages: Integrating positive psychology, transition pedagogy and CLIL principles” (with Dr Antonella Strambi from Italian Studies and colleagues from the University of Sydney)

2015 Reference Group member OLT Seed Grant “The power of things: enhancing employability in higher education through object-based learning” led through the Flinders University Art Museum

2014 Won Internal ETII: Educational Technology Innovation Incubator grant (with Kelly Marshall from the Centre for Educational ICT, to explore the use of Learning Analytics in learning and teaching contexts

2013 Awarded OLT extension grant for project initiated in 2009, titled "A collaborative multi-faceted approach to address the gaps between student expectation and experience at university" (Lead), for more information visit: First Year Student Expectations and Experiences

2013 Winner OLT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning with Heather Smigiel for Flinders Academic Internship Program

2009 Project team member on OLT competitive grant on "A collaborative multi-faceted approach to address the gaps between student expectation and experience at university"

Key responsibilities

My current responsibilities include:

  • coordinating the Flinders Foundation of University Teaching (FFOUT) program;
  • teaching into the Academic Internship Program for Doctoral Students (AIPDS);
  • contributing to the program of academic development workshops and leading other activities related to teaching first year undergraduate students and students from diverse backgrounds provided by the Centre;
  • leading and supporting the various projects and strategic initiatives related to teaching first year undergraduate students and students from diverse backgrounds undertaken by the Centre;
  • supporting sessional staff; and,
  • leading projects and initiatives related to Learning Analytics undertaken by the Centre and in collaboration with other areas of the University.

I am also active in research in higher education particularly in relation to the first year and higher education policy issues.

Teaching interests

  • First year curriculum design and development
  • Pedagogical practices related to teaching first year undergraduate students
  • Supporting Sessional teaching staff
  • Issues related to learning and teaching in higher education

Research expertise

  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Library and information systems
  • Other education

Research interests

  • Policy issues related to higher education
  • The first year in higher education
  • Pedagogical principles and practices related to the teaching of adults
  • Equity in higher education

Supervisory interests

  • Bourdieu
  • Critical theory
  • Education, higher
  • Higher education
  • Higher education policy
  • Pedagogy
  • Sociology of education
  • Teaching and learning in higher education, quality learning

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Education - various (4) ;

Publications

  • McCann, B., Graham, C., King, S. and Luzeckyj, A.M. (2015). “One ambition I’ve always had is for when I have a family not to have to be ‘stretched’ like my mum was” Being First in Family: Motivations and Metaphors. In HERDSA 2015: Learning for life and work in a complex world. Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc. HERDSA 2015: Learning for life and work in a complex world. Melbourne. Jul 2015.
  • Luzeckyj, A., Schmidt, L. and Reynolds, L.C. (2012). Using Australian Survey of Student Engagement data to stimulate discussion in a First Year Community of Practice. In R Mortimer, ed. 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference. Brisbane, QLD: QUT Events. 2012 FYHE Conference. Brisbane, QLD. Jun 2012, pp. 1-5.
  • Brinkworth, R., Burke Da Silva, K., King, S., Luzeckyj, A., McCann, B. and Palmer, E. (2012). Building Partnerships to Ease Transition and Avoid Attrition: Some Local Findings. In ERGA Conference 2012. Adelaide: Adelaide University. ERGA Conference 2012: Partnerships. Adelaide.
  • Luzeckyj, A., Schmidt, L. and Reynolds, L. (2012). Using Australian Survey of Student Engagement data to stimulate discussion in a First Year Community of Practice. In 15th International First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) Conference 2012. International First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) Conference. Brisbane.
  • Luzeckyj, A. (2011). Higher Education policy into practice: Universities in competition or collaboration. In Crossing the Boundaries. Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute. Crossing the Boundaries. Adelaide. Nov 2011.
  • King, S., Luzeckyj, A., Scutter, S. and Brinkworth, R. (2011). Widening participation: does cultural capital really make a difference for first year students? In HERDSA conference. Higher Education on the Edge. Gold Coast. Jul 2011.
  • Luzeckyj, A., Burke Da Silva, K., Scutter, S., Palmer, E. and Brinkworth, R. (2010). "Don't ask me what I think of you I might not give the answer that you want me to": An exploration of 1st year university students' expectations and experiences from the students' and the teachers' perspectives. In Jason Thomas, ed. First Year in Higher Education: Aspiration - Access - Achievement. Brisbane, QLD: QUT Publications. 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010. Adelaide, Australia. Jun 2010.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A., Agutter, K.M., Sliuzas, R.A., Schmidt, L. and Reynolds, L.C. (2010). Formally calling the CoPs for staff working with first year students. In Jason Thomas, ed. First Year in Higher Education: Aspiration - Access - Achievement. Brisbane, QLD: QUT Publications. 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010. Adelaide, Australia. Jun 2010.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A. (2007). Commercially viable, online and centred: Exploring discursive practices in the educational offerings of an evolving Australian Technology Network. In Australian Association for Research in Education. Australian Association for Research in Education. Australian Association for Research in Education. Freemantle.
  • Brinkworth, R., McCann, B., King, S., Burke Da Silva, K., Luzeckyj, A.M., Scutter, S., et al. (2013). Student and staff expectations and experiences: Final report of the project A collaborative multi-faceted approach to address the gaps between student expectation and experience at university.
  • Luzeckyj, A.M. (2011). The knowledge economy goes to work : a critical analysis of policy and practice in Australian Technology Network universities and their libraries. Dr Susan Nichols and Dr Ingrid Day, ed. Other. University of Souuth Australia
  • Hicks, M., Smigiel, H., Wilson, G. and Luzeckyj, A. (2010). Final Report: Preparing Academics to Teach in Higher Education.
  • Graham, C., King, S., Luzeckyj, A.M. and McCann, B. (2015). Beyond the economics, benefit and cost of higher education: First in family student perspectives. In STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Handbook & Proceedings. Online: Jason Thomas Events. STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Melbourne. Jul 2015.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A.M. and Hood, C.D. (2015). Developing teaching capability – the missing link for global employability of post-doctoral students? In Conference proceedings of Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World. Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc. Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World. Melbourne. Jul 2015, pp. 305-318.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A.M., Graham, C., King, S. and McCann, B. (2015). First in family students – what they say about being at university. In STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Online: Jason Thomas Events. STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Melbourne. Jul 2015, pp. 1-10.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A.M. (2014). A web of support: an exploration of the support provided to FYE staff via Australian university websites. In 17th International First Year in Higher Education Conference. Darwin Convention Centre: FYHE. International First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) Conference. Darwin. Jul 2014.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A. (2009). Are the changing discourses of lifelong learning and student-centred learning relevant to considerations of the first year experience as foundation? In Jason Thomas, ed. First Year in Higher Education 2009 Conference: Preparing for tomorrow today: The First Year Experience as foundation. Brisbane: QUT Publications. First Year in Higher Education 2009 Conference. Townsville. Jun 2009, pp. 1-10.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A. (2009). Games played on Australian university alliance websites as they collaborate and compete. In Australian Association For Research In Education International Education Research. Coldstream, Vic: AARE. Australian Association For Research In Education International Education Research Conference. Canberra, ACT.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A. (2006). What is at the centre of the discourse about student-centred learning? In 4th International Lifelong Learning Conference, Lifelong learning: Partners, Pathways, and Pedagogies. Yeppoon, QLD: Central Queensland University Press. 4th International Lifelong Learning Conference. Yeppoon, QLD, pp. 193-198.
  • Luzeckyj, A., Scutter, S., King, S. and Brinkworth, R. (2011). The significance of being first: A consideration of cultural capital in relation to 'first in family' student's choices of university and program. A Practice Report. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 2(2) pp. 91-96.
  • Scutter, S., Palmer, E., Luzeckyj, A., Burke Da Silva, K. and Brinkworth, R. (2011). What do commencing undergraduate students expect from first year university? The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 2(1) pp. 8-20.
  • Luzeckyj, A.M. and Hood, C.D. (2015). Developing teaching capability – the missing link for global employability of post-doctoral students? In Conference proceedings of Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World. Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc. Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World. Melbourne. Jul 2015, pp. 305-318.
    [Web Link]
  • Graham, C., King, S., Luzeckyj, A.M. and McCann, B. (2015). Beyond the economics, benefit and cost of higher education: First in family student perspectives. In STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Handbook & Proceedings. Online: Jason Thomas Events. STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Melbourne. Jul 2015.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A.M., Graham, C., King, S. and McCann, B. (2015). First in family students – what they say about being at university. In STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Online: Jason Thomas Events. STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success. Melbourne. Jul 2015, pp. 1-10.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A.M. (2014). A web of support: an exploration of the support provided to FYE staff via Australian university websites. In 17th International First Year in Higher Education Conference. Darwin Convention Centre: FYHE. International First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) Conference. Darwin. Jul 2014.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A. (2009). Are the changing discourses of lifelong learning and student-centred learning relevant to considerations of the first year experience as foundation? In Jason Thomas, ed. First Year in Higher Education 2009 Conference: Preparing for tomorrow today: The First Year Experience as foundation. Brisbane: QUT Publications. First Year in Higher Education 2009 Conference. Townsville. Jun 2009, pp. 1-10.
    [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A. (2009). Games played on Australian university alliance websites as they collaborate and compete. In Australian Association For Research In Education International Education Research. Coldstream, Vic: AARE. Australian Association For Research In Education International Education Research Conference. Canberra, ACT.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Luzeckyj, A. (2006). What is at the centre of the discourse about student-centred learning? In 4th International Lifelong Learning Conference, Lifelong learning: Partners, Pathways, and Pedagogies. Yeppoon, QLD: Central Queensland University Press. 4th International Lifelong Learning Conference. Yeppoon, QLD, pp. 193-198.
  • Scutter, S., Palmer, E., Luzeckyj, A., Burke Da Silva, K. and Brinkworth, R. (2011). What do commencing undergraduate students expect from first year university? The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 2(1) pp. 8-20.
  • Luzeckyj, A., Scutter, S., King, S. and Brinkworth, R. (2011). The significance of being first: A consideration of cultural capital in relation to 'first in family' student's choices of university and program. A Practice Report. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 2(2) pp. 91-96.
  • McCann, B., Graham, C., King, S. and Luzeckyj, A.M. (2015). “One ambition I’ve always had is for when I have a family not to have to be ‘stretched’ like my mum was” Being First in Family: Motivations and Metaphors. In HERDSA 2015: Learning for life and work in a complex world. Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc. HERDSA 2015: Learning for life and work in a complex world. Melbourne. Jul 2015.

Professional and community engagement

Teaching and learning issues, perceptions about higher education, first year students, widening participation

HERDSA member since 2008, currently Secretary of South Australian group.

In 2014 I ran a Special Interest Group at the First Year in Higher Education Conference in Darwin. The group was titled "Implementing First Year Ideas and Resources In Practice SIG"

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Education - Teaching

Interests

  • First year undergraduate teaching

Contact

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Location: Physical Sciences Building (1302a)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Further information

I was Project Manager on the ALTC funded Preparing Academics for Teaching in Higher Education (PATHE) project (2008 - 2010) and I was part of the project committee and a key researcher on the ALTC (now OLT) funded First Year Student Expectations and Experiences project (2009 - 2011) for further details see http://fyhe.com.au/projects/student-staff-expectations-and-experiences/. The following publication is associated with this research: Brinkworth, R., McCann, B., King, S., Burke Da Silva, K., Luzeckyj, A., Scutter, S., Palmer, E., Hill, J., Wright, V., McCann, J., 2013 Student and staff expectations and experiences: Office for Learning and Teaching Final Report, ISBN: 978-1-74361-382-5.

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