Associate Professor Denise Jackson is the Director Work-Integrated Learning in the School of Business and Law. Denise is a National Board Member and WA State Chair for Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), the national association for WIL. She is an Editorial Board Member for a number of higher education journals.
Denise has facilitated in Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour and Management in the tertiary sector in both the UK and Australia for a number of years. Prior to this, she worked in Human Resources in the UK financial and manufacturing sectors before running her own business in the tourism industry in Southern Africa.
She liaises with local employers in her coordination of work-integrated learning programs in the School and has a keen understanding of the contemporary world-of-work and industry expectations of new graduates. Her research interests lie in enhancing graduate employability through WIL opportunities, professional identity development and career management learning. She is also interested in the relationship between graduate employability and employment outcomes and best practice in graduate recruitment and selection to alleviate documented skill gaps.
- Editorial Advisory Board member, Higher Education Research and Development
- Senior Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning
- Editorial Board member, Industry and Education
- Editorial Board member, Journal of Further and Higher Education
- Editorial Board member, Journal of Higher Education and Policy Management
- ECU Representative, WA State Chapter Chair and National Board Member, Australian Collaborative Education Network
- Member, Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) College of Reviewers
- Member, World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE) International Research Group
- Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Coordinator for the School of Business and Law
- Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
- Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia Inc. (HERDSA)
- Accounting and Finance Association of Australian and New Zealand (AFAANZ)
- Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
- National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service (NAGCAS)
- Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE)
Awards and recognition
- 2017 - School of Business and Law Excellence in Research
- 2017 - Australian Award for National Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
- 2016 - Vice Chancellor’s Award for Engagement in Learning and Teaching
- 2014 - Early Career Award, West Australian Institute for Education Research
- 2014 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Early Career Researcher
- 2014 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Engagement
- 2014 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research by Early Career Researchers.
- 2013 - Highly Commended Award Winner (for paper in Education + Training), Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
- 2011 - Cameron Prize in Education, University of Western Australia. Best piece of research submitted for a PhD.
- 2011 - Emerald/EFMD Highly Commended Award Winner of the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Management and Governance category.
- 2011 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Achieving a PhD.
- 2011 - Highly Commended Doctoral Dissertation Award, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).
- 2010 - Best Paper Award, Volume 8, International Journal of Management: Jackson, D. (2010) An international profile of industry relevant competencies and skill gaps in modern graduates. International Journal of Management Education, 8(3), 29-58.
- 2010 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Sessional).
Research areas and interests
- Graduate employment and underemployment
- Work-integrated learning in higher education
- Professional identity development
- Improving business curricula to enhance graduate employability
- Graduate recruitment and selection practices and their impact on documented skill gaps
- Improving productivity and performance in graduates in the workplace
Internal research grants
- 2016 SBL Teaching and Learning Grant. Dr Denise Jackson: “Developing online learning modules to better prepare students for the WIL experience” - $4948.
- 2014 FBL Strategic Research Grant. Dr Denise Jackson: “Career management competencies among Business undergraduates and the role of Work-Integrated Learning”- $8829.
- 2013 ECU FBL Teaching and Learning Grant. Dr Denise Jackson (Lead researcher) and Professor Grant Michelson: “Developing a systematic process for evaluating and tracking the Higher Degree by Research experience to enhance graduate employment outcomes” - $9,578
- 2013 ECU FBL Research Strategic Grant. Dr Denise Jackson: “The impact of undergraduate employability skill provision on Faculty graduate employment outcomes” - $9,920
- 2012 ECU FBL Teaching and Learning Grant. Linda Riebe and Dr Denise Jackson: “The development of industry-aligned rubrics for assessing employability skills in business undergraduates” - $6,000
- ECU FBL Teaching & Learning Grant. Dr Denise Jackson, Linda Riebe and Dr Ruth Sibson: “Auditing employability skill development in ECU business undergraduates” - $9,999