I am a senior lecturer in the Doctoral School with a focus on doctoral education and development. This includes working with doctoral researchers and supervisors. My role is centred on creating, managing, and co-delivering a university-wide programme of workshops, short courses, and events for PGR and supervisors focused on different aspects of the doctoral life-cycle, from proposal development and project conceptualisation, through researching and writing the dissertation, to submission, defense and sharing the research with relevant readers and audiences. In addition to my role in teaching, facilitation and materials development, I am a researcher with a focus on social justice and equity in higher education, especially within academic staff and student development.
I am a higher education studies scholar, but my early degrees are in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. Since completing my own PhD in 2014 at Rhodes University in South Africa, I have been working as an academic developer, largely with postgraduate and early career scholars on their development as writers, lecturers, and supervisors. Prior to this, I was the coordinator of the UWC Writing Centre at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, where my work and research focused on undergraduate student writing development across the curriculum, as well as pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment development work with lecturers.
For most of my career thus far I have been an academic developer, specifically an academic writing specialist. This focus has enabled me to work across different disciplines, with a range of students, lecturers and projects. This experience and insight enables me, in my current role, to work at a more generalised level around research and researcher development, but with crucial insights into how different forms of knowledge are created, debated, and shared, primarily through written texts.
I supervise Masters and Doctoral students in research related to the use of gender and feminist theory to understand aspects of political and social systems, Legitimation Code Theory and the sociology of knowledge in higher education, academic literacies and academic staff development in higher education, and higher education curriculum and pedagogy in the social sciences. I am also interested in research focused on emotional and affective labour in early career and identity development, linked to creating more inclusive, socially ju,st and critically empathetic research cultures within universities.
I am the current managing editor of Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory. I serve on the editorial boards of Teaching in Higher Education and Higher Education, Research and Development, and I act as an assessor for Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision (short course) at Rhodes University.
I am a Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Higher Education, Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University in South Africa, and an Associate Member of the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building based at the University of Sydney, Australia.