Committee membersHERDSA Conference 2019
Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
Dr Barbara Kensington-Miller
I am a senior lecturer in the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR) at the University of Auckland. I also Chair the New Zealand HERDSA branch and the Vice-President for the Australasian HERDSA executive.
I coordinate the postgraduate programmes that we offer in CLeaR and I teach on our new Masters in Higher Education programme, plus workshops related to academic development on teaching or research. I also supervise Masters and PhD students in Education.
My research broadly focuses on the academic identity and development of early-career academics to become leaders in their discipline. I also like to research with academics on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects within their disciplines.
I am a Senior Tutor in the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR) at the University of Auckland. My expertise and research interests are in educational technologies and design. My projects have a strong focus on motivational design, skills development including the capacity for teaching with technologies (through MOOCs), networking, and problem solving.
Currently, I am championing the transition of our academic programmes into a blended format. I regularly facilitate courses on teaching with technologies and digital citizenship. My doctoral research investigates networked approaches to developing capacity for teaching with technologies.
Dr Raj Shekhawat
Dr Raj Shekhawat is a Senior Lecturer working at the Center for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT), Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently working as an Academic Developer, focusing on the professional development of academics and innovation in curriculum design across various faculties. He is a Clinical Audiologist by training and has been actively involved in organizing international conferences. Raj holds a special interest in social media engagement and using technological innovation to engage academics and creating meaningful learning spaces in tertiary education. Raj is a HERDSA Fellow and a mentor. He has been actively involved in HERDSA as an officer for professional development portfolio (Talk about Teaching and Learning – TATAL) and New Zealand HERDSA branch member. He loves to spend quality time with his SPCA adopted puppy ‘George’ to keep him sane and energised.
I completed my postgraduate studies (PGDipBus, MMgt) at the University of Auckland. Since 1997, I have worked for the University in various professional roles. My current role is Centre Manager at the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education. The Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Education and Social Work, it works with academic staff across our University to develop, document and research their teaching. I oversee the Centre’s operations and lead the administrative team. The Centre’s contracts, budgets and facilities are my responsibility. I also assist the Director to navigate our rapidly changing environment and support our staff to meet the University’s strategic goals.
Guidebook app design
Emily works is a teaching and research assistant in the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Auckland University of Technology, working on higher education research projects, mainly with a digital focus. She is also a part of the Ako Aronui: Pathway to Higher Education Academy team, who created, developed and now facilitate AUT’s Higher Education Academy accredited programme. She greatly enjoys the creation of learning resources, processes and structures for the programme and mentoring potential new fellows on their journey. She has been involved in multiple higher education conferences, in particular, with the development of their conference apps and websites, her focus in developing conference apps is creating good user experiences, building from her wealth of experience crafting digital learning resources. She has recently completed her Master of Arts (Ancient History) at the University of Auckland, alongside working at AUT, allowing her to explore her love for Ancient Egyptian language, art, archaeology and history while developing a keen interest in learning and teaching development in higher education.
I specialise in developing web applications to support teaching and learning, at the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education, the University of Auckland.
I’m pleased to have been asked to develop the 2019 HERDSA Conference website. I hope you like it.