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CREATEC Weekly Seminar Series - Professor Joe Luca, Ms Martine Hawkins & Ms Narelle Jones with Associate Professor Trevor Cullen

Thursday, 27 April 2017

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Presenters: Professor Joe Luca, Ms Martine Hawkins and Ms Narelle Jones

Title: Rethinking the PhD – The Latest Research

Biographies: Professor Joe Luca is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Edith Cowan University. His research interests are focused on promoting the quality of research training, supervisory practice, online learning, graduate attributes and project management. In these fields he has written over 100 refereed journal, book chapters, book and conference publications. He has been recognised for his excellence in teaching and learning and awarded a national award for Teaching Excellence (Australian Awards for University Teaching), and an Australian Citation Award. He has also been awarded two Australian Government grants to help improve the quality of research training in Australia.

Martine Hawkins is the Manager of the Graduate Research School.

Narelle Jones is a Project Officer in the Graduate Research School, and is project lead on Rethinking the PhD. Her projects focus on providing tools for improved HDR employability and promoting the importance of career development from the start of candidature.

Abstract: There is an increased need for Australian Universities to engage with industry and produce professional researchers who possess transferrable skills to enter the workforce. (ACOLA Report, 2016). With less than 50% of PhD graduates finding employment in academia (Graduate Destinations Australia, 2015), candidates need to build research and professional skills relevant to both industry and academia.

To align with contemporary thinking and Australian Government requirements, it is timely and necessary to ‘Rethink the PhD @ECU” Working with School representatives, Industry and PhD representatives, GRS will collaborate with key stakeholders to help redevelop our PhD.

Key changes will include modifying Course Learning Outcomes to include: Milestones, Career and skill development requirement (including 100 hours of professional development), publication requirements and oral examinations.


Presenter: Associate Professor Trevor Cullen

Title: Rethinking Undergraduate Courses: The Latest Research

Biography: Associate Professor Trevor Cullen is Associate Dean for Design Media and Communications and Director of CREATEC Research Centre in the School of Arts and Humanities. He has received several university and national teaching and research awards. In July 2015, he was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship to design and develop journalism capstone units for tertiary journalism programs throughout Australia. He is the first journalism educator in Australia to become a National Teaching Fellow. In December 2016 he became the first journalism educator in Australia to receive the prestigious Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT). For more information, please visit the Trevor Cullen's website.

Abstract: Nearly 180,000 students in Australia graduate with a bachelor’s degree every year, 113,000 students graduate from postgraduate coursework degrees, and 10,000 from postgraduate research degrees. These graduates are moving on to a world characterised by rapid and complex change, globalisation and lower graduate employment rates than that experienced by their predecessors. Most will experience multiple occupations over the life of their careers in a degree of discipline mobility not seen in previous generations.

The complexity and uncertainty inherent in graduate futures presents particular challenges for both educators and contemporary students. Despite an already overcrowded curriculum, do we need to re- evaluate what we currently offer in our undergraduate courses? This talk presents the latest research and arguments to guide our discussions.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 10, Room 10.308
Cost: Free
Light lunch will be provided

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