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Since completing my Masters degree in 1996 I have been a lecturer in Environmental Science at Deakin University, both on the Rusden and Burwood Campuses. I was employed to specifically focus on teaching undergraduate students. My main role has been to develop engaging units for first year students which I have really enjoyed. I have supervised many honours students during this time in the areas of coastal geomorphology, coastal management, and in more recent times environmental sustainability.
In 2009 I was part of a cross faculty team that developed Deakin’s first cross faculty undergraduate unit. The unit – Creating Sustainable Futures - ran for the first time in 2010, and has continued to be well received by the students in 2011. This has been the most rewarding teaching experience of my career.
I have a strong interest in undergraduate transition, focussing on transition of students into first year, as well as transition into 2nd year. In 2009 I implemented a transition program for environmental science students at Burwood moving from first year into second year as well as for those articulating straight into 2nd year. Transition ‘through’ university has not received the same recognition as first year transition and I hope to get this on Deakin’s agenda.