PhD (Philosophy, 2014) - Thesis entitled I am; I exist: an exploration of what the self is and how it is constituted
Flinders University Leadership Program (2013)
TESOL Certificate IV (2003)
MA (Philosophy, 2002) -Thesis entitled Dennett's Conception of the Self: Is the self purely a social construction or a product of our biology?
BA (Hons) majoring in English and Philosophy - Thesis entitled Dennett's Theory of Consciousness.
2016 National Australia Award for Teaching Excellence; Introductory Academic Program (IAP), program award for Global citizenship and internationalisation.
2014 Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant; Enhancing university study through critical thinking
2007 National Carrick Award for 'sustained excellence' in team teaching, Introductory Academic Program (IAP),
Oversee Orientation and transition initiatives (O'Week/O'WAG); design and develop transition initiatives
Oversee Mentoring Program, provide centrally-run mentor training, coordinate Transition Office mentoring program
Coordinate academic writing stream in IAP; co-deliver research skills stream; teach in all academic components of the IAP;
Design and develop transition programs and related teaching resources and materials for all Transition Programs (IAP, FSP, UniLEAP)
Deliver critical thinking lectures or workshops as requested (i.e Masters of Audiology; FSP)
Sandra's PhD was in the field of metaphysics, on the reality and nature of the self. Her research covered identity and the role of narrative, psycho-social pathologies and the neurology of the mind, perception, philosophy of language, and the biological foundations of consciousness. Drawing from her thesis, she has presented papers at two international conferences, on the self and phenomenal consciousness at the Self: Between Consciousness and Non-Being conference at Hokkaido University, Japan in 2017 and a paper on self-identity at the Re-member: self-narrative, memory and identity conference at the Sorbonne, Paris in 2015.
Sandra has established a research nexus between philosophy and learning and teaching through her interest in critical thinking. She has researched the teaching of critical thinking skills to international students, along with the role of critical thinking and argument in the thesis. She has collaborated with other academic staff to research the most effective ways of teaching critical thinking to best develop critical thinking capacities in students. She is a member of the Embedding critical thinking skills in all graduates forum and Writing across the Curriculum CoP. She is also engaged in research on transition and retention matters, in particular the efficacy of intervention strategies (such as mentoring) on retention and student engagement.
Sandra started teaching in Philosophy in 1993 and has since taught extensively across the University while with the Student Learning Centre and later the Transition Office. Her areas of specialisation are teaching academic, critical thinking and argumentation skills, and working with Masters and research higher degree students (RHDs) on all aspects of thesis construction. She has a great deal of experience working with a diverse range of students, particularly mature-age, international and NESB. She has taught in the International Academic Program (IAP) for Australia Award students since 2002 and currently delivers lectures in UniLEAP and the Foundation Studies Program as well. In 2016, she was part of the Flinders' teaching team to win a National Australia Award for Teaching Excellence. Sandra has been developing a stand-alone critical thinking topic and has also been working with staff to improve the efficacy of critical thinking teaching within the curriculum. She has presented at conferences on teaching critical thinking and presented workshops for staff and student amabassadors in this area.
2018 Best HDR Student Publication Award - MAR 2019
First Year Teaching and Learning CofP
Writing across the curriculum CofP
Embedding critical thinking skills in all graduates interest group
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