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Boost from Developing Research Leaders Program

Dr Pamm Kellett
Dr Pamm Kellett
Mon, 21 Dec 2009

Dr Pamm Kellett is absolute in her belief that being part of Deakin University’s Developing Research Leaders program has provided an enormous boost to her career.

Dr Kellett, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, is a former elite tennis player now looking at sport from the other side of the net.

As part of the Developing Research Leaders program she is being mentored by Associate Professor Heath McDonald from Deakin’s Business School.

“The program has been a real boost - absolutely,” Dr Kellett said.

“One of the things that Heath has got me involved in is writing a chapter for a book called Managing Football – An International Perspective which is being edited by Sean Hamil and Simon Chadwick. I would not have had the opportunity to write with these renowned scholars otherwise.

“Heath has also been really fantastic at providing good advice on my personal career.

“Under Heath’s guidance I successfully applied for the University’s OSP program, the Outside Studies Program.

“Through that, I have been able to spend time dedicated to my research career.

“I have also spoken to Heath at various times over the year about publishing in different places just to build an overall perspective of where I am getting published and why.

“Heath’s advice has really allowed me to streamline the way I go about my research career, and to think more strategically about it.”

Dr Kellett said she was indebted to Associate Professor McDonald and also to Dr Maree Gladwin, who has set up The Developing Research Leaders program in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin.

“Another thing that Maree has done is to bring us all together a various forums, where we can take advantage of knowledge from all the mentors, and share experiences with other mentees,” Dr Kellett said.

“That’s a great environment in which to learn more about academia and how to shape your own career.”

Associate Professor McDonald believes that being mentored by someone outside her own School had also been an advantageous to Dr Kellett, who is a senior lecturer in Sports Management in the School of Management and Marketing.

“With Pamm, I think she was able to remove herself from the politics, if you like, of her own area, and to speak more openly about her own career goals,” he said.

“From my perspective, it is a great program to be involved in as you feel you are helping someone else.

“The other advantage from my point of view is that I get to discover what a wide range of my colleagues from all over the University are doing.”

Dr Kellett is currently involved in research that examines the impact of the drought on the sport and recreation sector.

As part of her OSP she has studied a range of locations in the US who have experienced drought to explore their practices in relation sport and recreation through drought.

“As we have been in significant drought for many years in some parts of Australia, I think generally we are probably dealing with the issues from a more experienced perspective” she said.

“After a slow and very reactive start, I think we have moved much better here in Australia, recognising the positive social aspects of sport and being proactive to ensure that sport and recreation opportunities are able to continue.

“However, there are still issues for some of the minor sports who use turf fields, yet have low participation rates—many of those sports probably haven’t been seen as important for access to turf fields through drought as major participation and spectator sports like football.”

Source: Deakin University Research News

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