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Conference 2006, The University of Canterbury

Organisers

Alison Holmes

I began my career in higher education teaching property surveying but after many years doing that, I became more interested in teaching than in property so I moved into educational quality enhancement where my passion for teaching and learning could have an influence beyond my Alison Holmes immediate teaching department. Then I had a wonderful role supporting large educational development projects in all discipline areas across the UK. I was an Accreditor for the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education before it was subsumed into the Higher Education Academy. I joined the University of Canterbury in December 2004 and my role now is to promote and support the development of teaching and learning at the University.  

Billy O’Steen

Billy O’Steen

Billy O’Steen is a Lecturer at the University Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Canterbury. His teaching and research focus on innovative curriculum design, professional development, and teacher preparation. He received his B.A. in English and History from Vanderbilt University and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Prior to his current appointment, his experiences include working as a Peace Corps administrator, teaching English at a high school in Tennessee and two community colleges in California, guiding whitewater raft trips, and facilitating multi-cultural education programs in Brazil and Tennessee. In 1994, he created and directed Nature’s Way Middle School - a school dedicated to curriculum integration through experiential education and service-learning. He has facilitated workshops and presented at international and regional conferences around the world and his work has appeared in various publications including The Creative College Teaching Journal, The Journal of Experiential Education and The Handbook of Research on Middle Level Education. While an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at North Carolina State University, he was honored as the 2003-2004 Outstanding Teacher of the College of Education.

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Billy now lives in Christchurch with his wife, Susan, and daughters, Lawson and Stewart.

Stanley Frielick

Stanley began his academic career at the University of the Witwatersrand inStanley Frielick Johannesburg where he worked from 1988 to 1996. He started off with an MA in African Literature while lecturing in the department, and then moved into higher education as lecturer in the Academic Staff Development Centre. Here he began work on a PhD, which was interrupted by a move halfway across the world to New Zealand in 1997. After a stint as IT Consultant in the Centre for Professional Development (CPD) at the University of Auckland he was appointed to the academic staff as a lecturer. At CPD he initiated the annual in-house conference on teaching and learning and the development of the Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, and assisted Tony and Kathryn with the establishment and growth of TERNZ (now supported by HERDSA NZ). He completed his PhD in 2004 and moved to his current role at NorthTec as Director of Flexible Learning.

Stanley has wide-ranging research interests in higher education theory, complexity science and ecological approaches to learning, and the implications of social software and 'e-learning 2.0' for education. He was project leader of the Certificate in e-Learning Design and Development in 2005-06, and is now on part-time secondment from NorthTec as manager of the Flexible Learning Leaders in New Zealand project (both funded by the e-Learning Collaborative Development Fund).

 

Tony Harland

Tony Harland

Tony graduated from the University of Newcastle (UK) in Zoology in 1987 and then did a Masters degree in marine biology at Newcastle and Plymouth Marine Laboratories. His PhD at the University of Glasgow was in the physiology and ecology of marine invertebrates, in particular the symbiotic sea anemones and tropical corals. After his PhD, he taught at Glasgow before going to the University of Strathclyde where he spent a year training to be a secondary school science teacher.

In 1994 he returned to teach biology at Glasgow's Zoology Department. At this point he began to shift the emphasis of his research to Higher Education and started to work half-time in the Undergraduate Teaching Unit. In 1996 this interest took him to the University of Sheffield where he directed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, a professional course for university teachers. His current position is Senior Lecturer in the Higher Education Development Centre at Otago, where he works in university teaching and learning. He maintains an undergraduate teaching role and has experience in enquiry and problem-based learning in ecology teaching. Tony's research interests include the professional development of university teachers and student learning.

Kathryn Sutherland

Kathryn Sutherland

Kathryn has a BA(Hons) in English and New Zealand Studies from Waikato University, and a Masters in English from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In the early nineties, she had brief stints working in Canada and Malaysia, as well as teaching English, Art, History and Drama at an Auckland secondary school.

While in Canada, completing her Masters, she changed her focus from post-colonial literature to pedagogy, and came back to New Zealand to undertake a PhD in English and Education at Massey University. Her PhD thesis, completed in 1999, called for a reconceptualisation of teaching, scholarship, and the PhD programme in New Zealand university English departments.

This research focus, and her experience in teaching English literature and written communication to undergraduate students at various universities, led to her current employment as a lecturer in the University Teaching Development Centre (UTDC) at Victoria University of Wellington. She works primarily with new academics and her main research interests lie in the professional development of new university teaching staff, the reconceptualisation of the PhD programme in NZ universities, and looking into new ways for framing the work that academic developers do.

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