Meet some of Griffith University's HEA Fellows

Find out more about some of our featured HEA Fellows. We will be featuring more of our HEA Fellows in the coming months, so check back soon for more profiles.

You can also download a complete list of HEA Fellowship holders at Griffith.

List of Griffith's HEA Fellows

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Latest HEA Fellows

Featured HEA Fellows

AFHEA

Dr Edoardo Bertone

School of Engineering and Built Environment

"Being at the very early stages of my teaching career, the HEA application process has allowed me to refine my course and teaching delivery, in turn making me more passionate and enthusiastic about the teaching component of my job. Any early career academic wishing to become a HEA fellow would greatly benefit from this process."

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AFHEA

Dr Jena Buchan

School of Allied Health Sciences

"For anyone thinking of applying, practice what you likely preach to your students: try it! It has been one of the best learning challenges I have undertaken lately, and I am grateful for what it has taught me."

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PFHEA

Professor Ruth Bridgstock

Learning Futures

"One of the best parts of HEA Fellowship is that it connects you with others. First, it’s an opportunity to enhance your practice through learning with peers, which for me was a transformational experience. Then once you become a Fellow, you become part of a collegial network that extends university-wide and beyond. There are about 100,000 of us worldwide, with another 1,000 Fellowships conferred every month."

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SFHEA

Associate Professor Sarah Cresswell

School of Environment and Science

"Having the opportunity, and making the time, to reflect on my teaching career and see how my teaching philosophy has continually developed over the years was an unexpected benefit of the HEA Fellowship application process. I encourage you to set aside some time to consider your teaching philosophy and to engage in the collegiate opportunities the Higher Education Academy membership application process allows."

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SFHEA

Dr Lynda Davies

Arts, Education and Law

"I work in the Third Space (Whitchurch et al) where academic and professional staff pool their expertise to collaborate on learning and teaching. The structures and activities of the HEA mirror my context and when Griffith became involved I saw a unique opportunity to join a global community that recognises and affirms the approach I take to my learning and teaching as a partnership between academic and professional staff colleagues."

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AFHEA

Dr Maria Dharmesti

Department of Marketing

"The HEA Fellowship process helped me to reflect on my teaching practices. This recognition boosts my confidence as an educator and helps me to contribute more to learning and teaching at Griffith University. The HEA Fellowship program has equipped me with the knowledge to continuously improve my teaching skills and capabilities."

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FHEA

Dr Catherine Grant

Queensland Conservatorium

"For me, the process of applying for HEA was an end in itself: it helped me identify and celebrate my teaching achievements to date, clarify my teaching approaches and philosophy, and critically reflect on why I do what I do, both in the classroom and more generally as an educator. Achieving FHEA status was a bonus!"

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AFHEA

Dr Chantal Huijbers

eResearch Services

"The HEA Fellowship application has helped me to reflect on my teaching practices, which are strongly focused on teaching students skills to interpret and apply information to address current global issues. I learned to better prepare my own teaching sessions and in general think about how my teaching can influence undergraduate education."

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SFHEA

Hazel Jones

Griffith Business School

"My advice for others considering applying would be to definitely go for it. The process gives you the opportunity to really reflect on your teaching philosophy and practice, as well as your achievements. Engage deeply with all aspects of the process and cherish the advice and support of your mentor and you will benefit greatly."

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FHEA

Dr Khamsum Kinley

Griffith Business School

"The HEA Fellowship allowed me to step back and reflect on what I love doing, i.e., supporting our academics with educational technologies and pedagogies as well as in my teaching as a sessional academic. The process helped me to understand better and contribute to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)."

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AFHEA

Jennifer Kosiol

Business Strategy and Innovation / Griffith Law School

"As a relatively new person to academia I wanted to make sure that my teaching was effective, constructively aligned and powerful enough that students willingly contribute to their learning experience. When I heard about the HEA Fellowship program I knew this would be the right vehicle for me to build on my knowledge of learning and teaching and enhance my commitment to professional practice."

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SFHEA

Dr Frances Lin

School of Nursing and Midwifery

"Writing the application gave me the opportunity to systematically reflect on my leadership in learning and teaching and the impact of my own practice has had on my colleagues and students. I would encourage everyone to apply for this fellowship as it is a great way to get formal recognition on your leadership and expertise in learning and teaching."

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SFHEA

Dr Mandy Lupton

Learning Futures

"In completing my SFHEA I learned about what was important to me in my teaching practice. The process of writing the application affirmed my practice and provided me with an avenue to celebrate my teaching career and the impact I’ve had on students."

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SFHEA

Dr Lorraine Marshalsey

Queensland College of Art

"On a personal level, I applied for this Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy as, too often, I don’t allow myself the time to gain recognition for the contribution I make to teaching. I also wanted to highlight the innovative and progressive approaches, and best-practice teaching being implemented in design education today by many practitioners in this field. I hope my award encourages others to pursue acknowledgement for their teaching and learning methods in creative art and design education."

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AFHEA

Dr Louise Mayhew

Queensland College of Art

"I found many of the lessons reassuring because they aligned with what I already intuitively, or subconsciously, knew to be true. Yet the larger lesson, which I couldn’t have foreseen, was the importance of articulating this knowledge to my students. Now I allow time for how and why we learn. I use the analogy of intelligent design. Students have a stronger sense that everything in a course, including their engagement, has a purpose."

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SHEA

Professor Sara McGaughey

Department of Business Strategy and Innovation

"It is easy to be labelled a “good researcher” or “good teacher”, as though one excludes the other. I wanted to make more visible that we can be BOTH a passionate researcher AND a dedicated teacher. Afterall, research-led education as a key differentiator between Universities and other education providers. Publication is a visible sign of my love of research. An HEA fellowship signals my equal commitment to teaching and learning."

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SFHEA

Dr Paula Myatt

Learning Futures

"The HEA Fellowship writing process enabled me to stop and reflect on what has driven me in my teaching over the years. I really came to understand my passion for guiding other academics to harness their careers and maximise their goals."

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AFHEA

Fereshteh Nayyeri

School of Information and Communication Technology

"My long-term aspiration has been to work as an academic and help educate the next generation of students. It was important to me that I find out how to evaluate my current teaching practice so that I can improve. Completing the HEA process gave me the detailed and practical feedback that I needed, and has given me the tools to develop further on my journey as a teacher."

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SFHEA

Dr William Platz

Queensland College of Art

"Every field of learning and teaching has its peculiarities and idiosyncrasies, and every field of teaching has goals in common. The HEA fellowship process enables a deep and reflective engagement with this diverse community of practice and reinforces the progressive and powerful role of responsive teaching in higher education."

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AFHEA

Dr Ivonne Guevara Prieto

School of Environment and Science

"Applying to become an HEA Associate Fellow allowed me to reflect on the accumulated challenges and joys that I have faced while teaching. It strengthened my passion and commitment to providing my students with a safe and exciting environment to learn."

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FHEA

Dr Susan Ressia

Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources

"I chose to become a HEA Fellow because I am passionate about teaching and supporting the learning outcomes of students. My teaching philosophy is that I am ‘committed to excellence in teaching with the drive to provide an enhanced learning experience for all’. The HEA Fellowship provides recognition of my work and passion for continually striving towards providing better learning experiences, by enhancing my own reflective practice."

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SFHEA

Melanie Roberts

School of Allied Health Sciences

"I suggest finding a peer in the university who is also interested and sign up together. I found having a small group of peers to review my application helped me to produce a higher quality application and in a timely manner. We met on a weekly basis for 30-45 minutes and reviewed each other’s areas of activity, which was very supportive and created collegial connections that have outlived the HEA process!"

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PFHEA

Associate Professor Mary Sidebotham

School of Nursing and Midwifery

"We all have busy lives – but creating the time to engage in this process will pay dividends. My advice to you is be open to the challenge – know there is support available and don’t be overwhelmed by the task. Think of the benefit you will gain by reflecting on your practice. This process is strongly affirming, its personalised to you and really facilitates future goal setting."

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SFHEA

Associate Professor Popi Sotiriadou

Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management

"I decided to become an HEA Fellow when I saw the opportunity it offers to reflect on my practice. The process allowed me to observe the ways my practice influences higher education in a far more profoundly felt way than I imagined. That to me was refreshing and rewarding. Being recognised as a HEA fellow inspires me to maintain the enthusiasm, passion and commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education."

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PFHEA

Professor Andrew Teodorczuk

School of Medicine

"I would advise anyone considering applying for a fellowship to seize the opportunity. It does require considerable time to develop the fellowship, but you are very well supported by the mentors at Griffith and to my mind the process has been enormously helpful in terms of personal development. By reflecting on where I am at as an educator, it has allowed me to pause and reflect not only on what has been achieved impact-wise but also in terms of developing a vison of where to progress my education journey."

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FHEA

Rachel Wardrop

School of Nursing and Midwifery

"In applying for the HEA fellow process, I was able to realise the impact of my own teaching and recognise the value in reflection. I learnt that my own style of teaching is unique to myself as an educator, and the experience provided me with valuable insight into developing my teaching practices further."

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SFHEA

Dr Benjamin Weeks

School of Allied Health Sciences

"I can highly recommend applying for HEA Fellowship. The process of reflecting on your teaching against the framework is insightful and instructive."

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AFHEA

Dr Lauren Wendt

School of Medical Science

"The HEA fellowship process provided me the opportunity to further develop and enrichen my professional commitment to effective teaching and learning. Learning to reflect on my practice of teaching was a challenging experience, however the professional support of a peer mentor was invaluable."

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SFHEA

Alison White

School of Environment and Science

"Often, we are so involved in completing daily tasks associated with our roles that we rarely afford ourselves the time to critically review our own professional development and the impact our work has had on colleagues. The HEA Senior Fellowship process provided me with this time and space and challenged me to analyse the impact that my program leadership has had on my colleagues and students."

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SFHEA

Dr Jude Williams

Learning Futures

"Reflection is such an important aspect of learning and whilst I continually think about my practice, I don’t often reflect through writing. I found it a difficult process but one that was ultimately rewarding. It was good to make explicit my beliefs about learning and teaching and how they impact on what I do, and the relationships I have, in my role as an educator."

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AFHEA

Dr Fan Zhang

School of Engineering and Built Environment

"The AFHEA fellowship applying process entitles me to reflect on my own teaching philosophy, and come to understand why I have chosen the way that I teach."

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Pathways to HEA Fellowship

There are four programs available at Griffith, supporting three categories of HEA Fellowship