Dr Ann Luzeckyj

Senior Academic Developer

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

place Sir Eric Neal - Engineering (456)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I currently hold the position of Senior Academic Developer, a role that provides me with the opportunity to draw on my knowledge and experience to lead initiatives with as well as support staff across the institution. 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.


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;
  • contributing to the Academic Internship Program for Doctoral Students (AIPDS);
  • contributing to the program of academic development workshops and leading other activities related to supporting quality outcomes for students and staff;
  • leading and supporting various projects and strategic initiatives 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 identifying and contributing to scholarship of teaching 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
Supervisory interests
Critical theory
Education, higher
Higher education
Higher education policy
Sociology of education
Teaching and learning in higher education, quality learning
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Higher Education (1)
Associate supervisor: Education (1)
Associate supervisor: Education (2)
Expert for media contact
Education - Teaching
First year undergraduate teaching
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Media expertise
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Further information

I have been a researcher and/or lead on a number of funded research projects in areas covering preparing academics to teach, first year student expectations and experiences, first in family students, flourishing in a second language and learning analytics. I am responsible for co-facilitating two communities of practice. One is related to teaching and supporting first year students and the other to learning analytics. Most recently I have worked on the development of a First Year Support Strategies portal housed in the Flinders LMS (FLO) and accessible to all. The site provides a range of resources related to teaching first year students as well as examples on their potential use. My teaching and research interests are closely aligned to my passion for supporting academic staff interested in ensuring students from diverse backgrounds succeed at university.