Dr Amanda Muller

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North Wing (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)

Nationally Accredited Editor (IPEd)

TEQSA Register of Experts (2013-2018): International – Onshore, English for Specific Purposes, and Learning Technologies

Australian Research Council (ARC) Assessor (2018-)

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


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 main role is to support the language needs of nearly 1,000 international nursing students (see the document "What I do in the College" on the right sidebar giving Further Information).

I deliver face-to-face classes and online support to students, and engage in a range of staff and curriculum-based activities to enhance international student learning.

I research 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.

Research expertise
Cognitive psychology and educational practice
Language studies
Research interests

Please look at the "PhD and Masters Projects Available NOW" document, to the right of this page (or on http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/amanda.muller).

I research communication and learning. Areas of particular interest include language testing and policy, e-learning (including educational gaming), and more.

Teaching interests
Communication, English language, Linguistics, Educational Gaming, e-Learning
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
Associate supervisor: Community of Inquiry; Education (1), Curriculum Development; Psychomotor Skills (1)
Expert for media contact
English language
English as a second language
International Students
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
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)

What I do in the College (pdf)

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