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Associate Professor Denise Jackson

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2794, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.215B
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 2794
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.215B  


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.


  • By appointment


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

Professional associations

  • 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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2011.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, United Kingdom, 2003.
  • BA (Hons) First Class in Business Studies, United Kingdom, 1994.


Recent Research Grants

  • Enhancing graduate employability through the development of a capabilities/skills framework and supervisor assessment tools to standardise industry feedback and inform work-integrated learning curriculum design.,  Australian Business Deans Council,  Grant,  2018 - 2020,  $9,994.
  • Enabling the development of enterprise skills among higher education students through work integrated learning (WIL) in co-working spaces.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Engagement Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $121,453.
  • Developing Social Network Capabilities for Graduate Employability ,  Graduate Careers Australia,  Graduate Research Program,  2017 - 2019,  $10,860.
  • Enabling students to make sense of their fit in the new economy,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme – 2017 Round 2,  2018 - 2019,  $3,200.
  • Augmenting career development learning and professional identify development through post-practicum interventions,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Innovation and Development Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $4,350.
  • Enhancing graduate capabilities in innovation and entrepreneurial mindset in the contemporary working environment,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $3,570.
  • Gauging and developing innovative capabilities in Accounting and Finance graduates,  Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand,  AFAANZ - Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $3,500.
  • Enhancing Work-Integrated Learning outcomes among international students in Australia,  Australian Collaborative Education Network,  Grant,  2014 - 2016,  $10,000.
  • Working together to achieve better Work Integrated Learning outcomes: Improving productivity through better employer involvement,  Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry,  PET Industry Initiatives Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $25,000.
  • From university to the workplace: A pilot study investigating the transfer of non-technical skills in business graduates to the organisation.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2013,  $21,274.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Bridgstock, R., Jackson, D., Lloyd, K., Tofa, M., (2019), Social connectedness and graduate employability: Exploring the professional networks of graduates from business and creative industries. Higher Education and the Future of Graduate Employability: A Connectedness Learning Approach, 70-90, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, DOI: 10.437/9781788972611/.
  • Bridgstock, R., Grant-Iramu, M., Bilsland, C., Tofa, M., Lloyd, K., Jackson, D., (2019), Going beyond getting a job. Graduates’ narratives and lived experiences of employability and their career development. Education for Employability: Learning for Future Possibilities, XX, Rotterdam, Sense-Brill Publishers.
  • Wilkins, H., Jackson, D., (2016), Strategies for Graduate Success. Business Management for the Curious, 112-124, Franklin, ACT, The Curious Academic Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Jackson, D., (2020), Applying academic selection criterion to work-integrated learning programs: Risk management or perpetuating inequality?. Teaching in Higher Education, a(article in press), article in press, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2018.1541884.
  • Jackson, D., (2019), Evaluating the capabilities associated with professional identity: Comparing the perspectives of work-integrated learning students and their workplace supervisors. Vocations and Learning, article in press(article in press), article in press, DOI: 10.1007/s12186-018-9207-1.
  • Jackson, D., (2019), The employment outcomes of Accounting and Finance graduates: Underemployment, self-employment and progress in managing diversity. Australian Accounting Review, article in press(article in press), article in press, DOI: 10.1111/auar.12256.
  • Jackson, D., (2019), Gauging the development of innovative capabilities in Accounting and Finance students: Can they drive the national innovation agenda?. Accounting and Finance, article in press(article in press), article in press, DOI:
  • Jackson, D., Bridgstock, R., (2019), Evidencing student success and career outcomes among Business and Creative Industries graduates. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, Online(Online), Online, DOI:
  • Jackson, D., Fleming, J., Rowe, A., (2019), Enabling the transfer of skills and knowledge across classroom and work contexts. Vocations and Learning, Online(Online), Online, DOI:
  • Trede, F., Jackson, D., (2019), Educating the deliberate professional and enhancing professional agency through post-WIL peer reflection. Active Learning in Higher Education, NA(NA), NA, NA, DOI: 10.1177%2F1469787419869125.
  • Tomlinson, M., Jackson, D., (2019), Professional identity formation in contemporary higher education students. Studies in Higher Education, NA(NA), NA, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1659763.
  • Bridgstock, R., Jackson, D., (2019), Strategic institutional approaches to graduate employability: Navigating meanings, measurements, and what really matters. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, Online(Online), Online, DOI:
  • Jackson, D., Edgar, S., (2019), Encouraging students to draw on work experiences when articulating achievements and capabilities to enhance employability. Australian Journal of Career Development, 28(1), 39-50, DOI: 10.1177/1038416218790571.
  • Jackson, D., (2018), Challenges and strategies for assessing student workplace performance during work-integrated learning. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 43(4), 555-570, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2017.1378618.
  • Jackson, D., Collings, D., (2018), The influence of Work-Integrated Learning and paid work during studies on graduate employment and underemployment. Higher Education, 76(3), 403-425, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-017-0216-z.
  • Jackson, D., (2018), Developing graduate career-readiness in Australia: Shifting from extra-curricular internships to work-integrated learning. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 19(1), 23-35.
  • Jackson, D., Bridgstock, R., (2018), Evidencing student success and graduate employability in the contemporary world-of-work: renewing our thinking. Higher Education Research and Development, 37(5), 984-998, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2018.1469603.
  • Jackson, D., Ferns, S., Rowbottom, D., McLaren, D., (2017), Improving the work-integrated learning experience through a third-party advisory service. International Journal of Training Research, 15(2), 160-178, Melbourne, Victoria, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14480220.2016.1259005.
  • Jackson, D., (2017), Using work-integrated learning to enhance career planning among business undergraduates. Australian Journal of Career Development, 26(3), 153-164, DOI: 10.1177/1038416217727124.
  • Jackson, D., Wilton, N., (2017), Perceived employability among undergraduates and the importance of career self-management, work experience and individual characteristics. Higher Education Research and Development, 36(4), 747-762, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1229270.
  • Jackson, D., Rowbottom, D., Ferns, S., McLaren, D., (2017), Employer understanding of Work-Integrated Learning and the challenges of engaging in work placement opportunities. Studies in Continuing Education, 39(1), 35-51, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2016.1228624.
  • Jackson, D., Wilton, N., (2017), Career choice status among undergraduates and the influence of career management competencies and perceived employability. Journal of Education and Work, 30(5), 552-569, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2016.1255314.
  • Jackson, D., (2017), Developing pre-professional identity in undergraduates through work-integrated learning. Higher Education, 74(5 ), 833-853, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-016-0080-2.
  • Jackson, D., (2017), Exploring the challenges experienced by international students during work-integrated learning in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 37(3), 344-359, DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2017.1298515.
  • Jackson, D., (2016), Skill mastery and the formation of graduate identity in Bachelor graduates: evidence from Australia. Studies in Higher Education, 41(7), 1313-1332, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2014.981515.
  • Jackson, D., (2016), Modelling graduate skill transfer from university to the workplace. Journal of Education and Work, 29(2), 199-231, DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2014.907486.
  • Jackson, D., Michelson, G., (2016), PhD-educated employees and skill development: Evidence from PhD graduates. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 42(1), 110-138.
  • Jackson, D., (2016), Deepening industry engagement with international students through Work-Integrated Learning. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 42(1), 38-62.
  • Jackson, D., Wilton, N., (2016), Career management attitudes among business undergraduates. Australian Journal of Career Development, 25(1), 7-22, DOI: 10.1177/1038416215604002.
  • Jackson, D., Wilton, N., (2016), The development of career management competencies among undergraduates and the role of Work-Integrated Learning. Teaching in Higher Education, 21(3), 266-286, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2015.1136281.
  • Standing, C., Jackson, D., Larsen, A., Suseno, Y., Fulford, R., Gengatharen, D., (2016), Enhancing individual innovation in organisations: a review of the literature. International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 19(1), 44-62, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2016.073288.
  • Jackson, D., (2016), Re-conceptualising graduate employability: the importance of pre-professional identity. Higher Education Research and Development, 35(5), 925-939, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1139551.
  • Jackson, D., Michelson, G., (2015), Factors influencing the employment of Australian PhD graduates. Studies in Higher Education, 40(9), 1660-1678, Oxom, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2014.899344.
  • Jackson, D., (2015), Employability skill development in work-integrated learning: Barriers and best practice. Studies in Higher Education, 40(2), 350-367, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2013.842221.
  • Jackson, D., (2015), Career choice status among undergraduates and the influence of work-integrated learning. Australian Journal of Career Development, 24(1), 3-14, London, United Kingdom, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1038416215570043.
  • Jackson, D., (2015), Undergraduate awareness of professional conduct in one’s intended career: The role of Work-Integrated Learning. Journal of Business Ethics Education, 12(2015), 5-24.

Conference Publications

  • Jackson, D., Fleming, J., Rowe, A., (2018), Student transfer of skills and knowledge across university and work contexts. Refereed Proceedings of the 3rd International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Stuttgart, Germany, 65-73, Hamilton, New Zealand, World Association for Cooperative Education.
  • Jackson, D., (2017), The impact of work-integrated learning on career planning among business students. New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education 2017 Conference Proceedings, 23-26.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Mental health and help-seeking among fly-in fly-out employees in the Western Australian mining industry
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