BA (Soc Sci)
BA Hons (English)
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)
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 "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).
Over the last decade I have mainly been supporting the language needs of nearly 1,000 international nursing students. One of my 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 also teach postgraduate research method topics for health sciences and nursing. My other main area of research is in health, namely social and educational aspects, e.g. social support for breastfeeding and exclusive expression, and nursing education.
I am an elected academic representative member of Flinders University Council.
Clinical Communication, English Language, Linguistics, Educational Gaming, e-Learning, Quantitative Research Methods, Postgraduate Nursing
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