Staff profile - Sarah Paddle

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Prof Sarah Paddle

Position: Honorary Professor
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Off-Campus (Home)



As Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Sarah Paddle leads the teaching and learning portfolio within the Faculty of Arts and Education, including support for the Deakin student experience. Her achievements include:
innovation in course development;
high level support for Faculty-led curriculum renewal;
strengthened regional, national and global connections in curriculum and partnerships;
recognition for student and staff achievements in teaching and learning;
leadership in the Faculty's engagement with research - led teaching.

Prior to taking on her current role, Sarah Paddle taught History and Australian Studies at Deakin. Trained in the fields of history and education at Monash and the University of London, she has also worked in short term appointments in China and Japan. She has played a national role in shaping how we think about teaching, and the leadership of teaching and learning, especially in the Arts and Humanities. Over the last five years, she has generated funding for the portfolio from internal and external grants totalling $2,924 million.

Other roles:
Co-Convenor of the national network of Associate Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, from 2009 2010
Lead investigator on a national applied research project on the work of Associate Deans funded by this network, and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Chair of the state-wide panel for the review of the Victorian Liberal Arts Diploma curriculum in 2012.
Funding for significant scholarly research and applied projects in teaching and learning over four years which have totalled $2,924 million.
Lead academic for five internally funded programs in 2012 supported by the Federal Governments Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPPS: Deakin University DUPPP), totalling $430,000.
Faculty level program on student retention and success funded at $120,000.

Professional activities

Member:National Network of Associate Deans Teaching and Learning in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 2013
Chair Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee
Chair Associate Heads of School (Teaching and Learning)
Member:University Teaching and Learning Committee
Member:Academic Board
Member: Faculty Board


Teaching Interests

Course Director, Bachelor of Arts
* Team member of AIH205/305 Sex and Gender in History


Awards and prizes

Awards include:
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership in the Faculty (2010)
Partner in four Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) national competitive program grants 2008-2013.


Research projects

Missions and Modernity; China and Australia
Biography of Ethel Reid

Research interests

Sarah Paddles research interests include gender in history, Australian women's history, and writing cross-cultural histories on women in Australia, Britain and China. Her PhD was in British cultural history and reform movements of the late nineteenth century.

Recent research includes a study of Australian women and China over the last two centuries. The Australia-China Council funded joint research with Associate Professor Li Ping, from Remnin University, Beijing. Recent publications include studies of Western feminists, colonisation and international citizenship, and the Chinese slave girl campaigns of the 1920s and 1930s.

Sarah Paddle has also edited a collection of postwar journalism with Deborah Jordan, University of Queensland, titled Theres a Woman in the House. A 1950s Journey. She has taught in a range of units in the History major, and over the last decade has taught Australian Studies and Women's Studies in short courses in both China and Japan.
Current research is on Australian women missionaries who went to China from the 1880s to the 1950s.

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