Dean (Research) EPSW
College of Education, Psychology and Social Work
A Kiwi Indian by nationality but a global citizen at heart, Professor Raj Shekhawat is an internationally recognized award-winning academic, mentor, keynote/TEDx speaker, and scientist. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Audiology from the University of Auckland which complements his outstanding international reputation for research and findings, which employ brain stimulation, sounds therapies & hearing aids for tinnitus management. A senior fellow of HEA, HERDSA, and CMALT, Professor Shekhawat has diverse work experience spanning four continents and six countries (USA, UK, Singapore, India, New Zealand & Australia), touching a plethora of cultural communities with his impeccable knowledge along the way. I am currently supervising 6 Ph.D. candidates and open to HDR/Honours students interested in researching hearing health, education, cognition related topics
Ph.D., PGCertAP, SFHEA, CMALT, FHERDSA, MASLP, BASLP
I am currently leading the International Discovery Research Grant funded by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID), United Kingdom. This is a 3-year project investigating the use of non-invasive brain stimulation for tinnitus management. This project will be conducted at Flinders University in collaboration with South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
2020: Student choice award nominee (Inspiring Teaching Delivery), University College London (UCL)
2019: Frontiers Spotlight award runner-up
2017: Butland Award for Early Career Excellence in Teaching
2012: Best oral presentation in HealtheX 2012 in Applied & Clinical Science, University of Auckland
2012: Finalist for the Exposure, University of Auckland
2011: Best poster in School of Population Health (SOPH) ResearchShowcase, University of Auckland
2011-2013:Tinnitus Research Scholarship
2006: Gold medal for the first rank in Mumbai University (Master’sDegree)
2006: Best Post Graduate Student award, Mumbai University
2004: Silver medal for second rank (Bachelors in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology)
2003: Young scientist award for best research work in Audiology
2003: Alps Audiology Quiz Award
I am a passionate teacher, central to my pedagogical grounding is student learning, experience, and wellbeing. I am a 'guide on the side, instead of the sage on the stage'. I love to use technology to enhance student engagement. My academic practice earned me international fellowships such as SFHEA, CMALT, FHERDSA. I am passionate about Hearing health, diverse Audiology topics, Speech Pathology, Mentoring, Coaching for effective communication, and the academic development of staff to improve their teaching practice.
Since 2020: Chair of Scientific Advisory Board, UNITI, Horizon 2020 https://uniti.tinnitusresearch.net/index.php/uniti/external-advisory-board
Since 2017: International Academic Mentor, ESIT, European Commission https://esit.tinnitusresearch.net/index.php/training/external-trainers
Since 2015: Public Relations Manager, Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI), Germany https://www.tinnitusresearch.net/index.php/about-tri/staff
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