Dr Amanda Muller

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N226)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

BA (Soc Sci)

BA Hons (English)

PhD (English/Linguistics)

Grad Cert TESOL

Grad Cert Education (Higher Ed)

Introduction to Classical and Rasch Measurement Theories (graded topic)

Nationally Accredited Editor (IPEd) (one of approx 309 nationally)

TEQSA Register of Experts (one of approx 300 nationally)

Australian Research Council (ARC) Assessor

Nationally Accredited Dog Behaviour and Training (National Dog Trainers Federation Cert III)

Honours, awards and grants


2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

2018 National Excellence Award for Best Practice in International Education (International Education Association of Australia - IEAA)

2017 College of Nursing and Health Sciences Award - Outstanding Individual Prize (Innovation)

2017 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

2015 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers

2014 Faculty Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award

2014 Quality Labels for Valid Serious Games (Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare)

2012 HESTA 'Innovation in Nursing' category finalist (top 3)

2004 FUSA Service to International Students Award


2020 “Co-design and evaluation of resources and training strategies to support technology use in the hospital setting” CRG8: Collaborative Research Grant ($46,891)

2020 "Error rates and types expected for IELTS half-band scores between 5.5-7.5, and the effect of this knowledge on stakeholders" IELTS Research Grants ($48,438)

2019 "Updating the ALL University Register of Teaching and Learning Centres/Units" AALL Research and Resource Development Grant ($3901)

2017 “Development of an interactive online teaching tool to promote nursing students’ clinical decision making skills” FMNHS Executive Dean Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants ($5,000)

2017 “Evaluating the impact of a 3D cultural simulation experience on a diverse cohort of nursing/midwifery students” SoNM Start-up Grant ($4,974)

2016 “A causal experimental study of the reciprocal relationship between vocabulary knowledge, IELTS, and academic grades.” Flinders University Re-Entry Fellowship ($40,000)

2015 “Vocabulary size effects on the academic achievement of equity groups.” SoNM Start-up grant ($4,981)

2014 “Improving International Students’ Writing Skills.” SoNM Strategic Research Initiative Grant ($5,000)

2014 “‘viRtual Nurse education’: To what extend does virtual gaming support nursing students’ development of clinical decision making?” SoNM seed grant ($4,608)

2010 “CALL for Nursing English.” Flinders Teaching & Learning Innovation Grant ($10,000)

2010 “InSoNMia project.” SoNM Special Project ($50,477)

Key responsibilities

My areas of teaching are postgraduate research topics for nursing, undergraduate quantitative methods for health sciences, linguistics for speech pathology, and nursing English for international nursing students.

My research spans across disciplines, but focuses on health, namely the social and educational aspects of nursing and midwifery, e.g. social support for breastfeeding and exclusive expression, nursing education, and mental health.

Other main areas of research is linguistic: e.g. nursing English, language testing and policy, vocabulary-centred language competence, and the efficacy of videogames and mobile apps to teach English.

I am an elected academic representative member of Flinders University Council.

Teaching interests

Clinical Communication, Nursing English, Linguistics, Educational Gaming, e-Learning, Quantitative Research Methods, Postgraduate Nursing

Supervisory interests
Animal-human relations
Applied linguistics
Cognitive linguistics
Communicative competence
Computer assisted language learning (CALL)
Computers in second language learning
Digital game design
English as a second/foreign language
Games in education
Non-verbal communication
Second language acquisition
Teaching and learning a second language
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Educational Gaming (1), Trilingualism (1)
Associate supervisor: Community of Inquiry; Education (1), Curriculum Development; Psychomotor Skills (1), Midwifery (2)
Expert for media contact
English language
English as a second language
International Students
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Media expertise
  • English language
  • Nursing
  • English as a second language
  • International Students
  • OET
Further information

Doctoral and Masters projects are available, see "PhD and Masters projects available NOW".

PhD and Masters projects available NOW (pdf)

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