Professor Heather Smigiel

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (1301)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Professor Heather Smigiel is Director of the Centre for University Teaching,  She provides strategic leadership and management of the Centre for University Teaching in the specific areas of leadership in teaching and learning, policy advice, consultation, and research into teaching and learning, within the framework of the University's Strategic Plan.  She is responsible for contributing to the institution's achievement of teaching excellence, implementing an academic development programme responsible to the needs of the University community, fostering capacity building through facilitating structures and activities such as communities of practice, networks and interest groups that encourage the sharing of expertise between individuals and organisational units and actively engaging in scholarship in the field of Higher Education in order to provide the University community with a source or research-based expertise about higher education on an institutional, national and international level.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, 1997, 'The use of educational drama in workplace and vocational training.'
Master of Education: Human Resource Management, University of South Australia, 1993.
Bachelor of Education, University of South Australia, 1987
Honours, awards and grants
Winner OLT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - Heather Smigiel and Ann Luzeckyj for Flinders Academic Internship Program 
Winner of National President's Award for Contribution to Educational Drama (2005)
Winner of Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award, University of Tasmania (2003)
Key responsibilities
It is the mission of the Centre for University Teaching to influence learning through enhancing quality in teaching.  The Centre contributes to the implementation of strategic organisational change and development of teaching and learning in the University.  The Centre for University Teaching provides workshops and courses for staff; instigates and manages University-wide projects to address new strategic directions; consults with individual academics and provides individualised assistance for staff with specific needs; provides generic resources and self-directed learning packages for commonly felt needs;  works with Faculties and Schools to address specific concerns, and providing customise workshops and establishes special interest groups and forum for sharing expertise and fostering collaboration.
Supervisory interests
Arts education
Education, higher
Narrative inquiry
Teaching and learning
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: On-line teaching, Adoption of new technology, Change, Case study (1)
Associate supervisor: Nursing Education (1), Work-Integrated learning in health promotion (1)
Associate supervisor: Language Teaching (Univ of Tasmania) (1), Staff selection at schools (Univ. of Tasmania) (1), Drama teaching (Univ. of Tasmania) (2), Teen mothers and education (Univ. of Tasmania) (1), Neuroscience - a bridge too far from education (Univ. of Tasmania) (1)