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Dr Sarah Steen





Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 45093


Dr Sarah Steen is a Lecturer and Course Director of Bachelor of HRM (Psychology) in the Department of Management at Deakin Business School. 

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Biography summary

Dr Sarah Steen is a Lecturer in HRM in the Department of Management, Deakin Business School and Course Director of Bachelor of HRM (Psychology). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has received an Australasian award for Recognition of Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning (PASS), and received a Vice Chancellor’s award for her honours thesis on Questioning the Value of Usefulness of Student Evaluation of Teaching. Sarah is an enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated university educator with a proven twelve-year track record of outstanding teaching excellence with extensive undergraduate and postgraduate experience.

Sarah’s PhD investigated employees’ environmental behaviours within the banking industry and she has experience with quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research study designs. She has developed an ebook, an Open Educational Resource called Workplace Role-Play Scenarios: Practise Navigating Difficult Conversations, Negotiation and Mediation and was a grant recipient in the 2022 Student as Partners program. She has held student and staff leadership and mentoring roles in the Master of Leadership as a research project supervisor, as a Teaching and Learning mentor for new academic staff, as an MBA coach and chair and panel member of the Faculty of Business and Law Academic Progress Committee.

Research interests

Student engagement

Employee workplace environment behaviours

Green HRM

Student evaluations in higher education

Workplace training and development

Teaching interests

Human Resource Development

Human Resource Management

Strategic Human Resource Management 

Workplace Negotiation, Mediation and Counselling

Units taught

MMH232: Human Resource Development 

MMH250: Workplace Conflict Resolution 

MMH331: Strategic Human Resource Management 

Supervision: MPP703 Leadership Research Project 

Media appearances

How to negotiate your salary when you’re offered a new job.


Vice Chancellor 10-year Service Award (2021)

Australasian Outstanding Senior PASS Leader Award in Recognition of Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning