Dr Tai Peseta
ph: (02) 9351 5812
fax: (02) 9351 4331
Tai re-joined the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) in March 2013 as a Senior Lecturer after working at the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Centre (La Trobe University), and at the University of Melbourne over the last 5 years. Her main work in the ITL is focused on supporting the university and faculties to build capacity related to curriculum renewal, and community-engaged learning and teaching.
She has worked in academic development for 15 years, teaching and researching in areas related to the scholarship of learning, teaching and academic development, research supervision development, the professional development of university teaching, academic practice and identity, higher education as a field of research study, and research methodology. Tai completed her undergraduate and research education at the University of Sydney; her doctoral work Learning and Becoming in Academic Development: an autoethnographic inquiry under the supervision of Professor Angela Brew.
Tai is part of the editorial team of the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Journal as Points for Debate Editor. She sits on the editorial boards for the journals Teaching in Higher Education and The International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (IJ-SoTL). She is a regular examiner of research theses, and journal reviewer for a range of higher education research journals. She was the Australasian Associate Editor for The International Journal for Academic Development from 2007-2010, and served on the National Executive Committee of the Higher Education Research and Development Society Australasia (HERDSA) from July 2009-February 2011.
Invited international keynotes
- Peseta, T. (2012). Academic development and its fidelity to student learning: problems and possibilities for renewal. Keynote address at the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association South Africa (HELTASA) conference, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Nov 28-30.
- Peseta, T. (2010). A meditation on the contradictory project of academic identity. Keynote address at the Academic Identities conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, June 16-18.
- Peseta, T. (2009). For whom do we write? The place and the practice of writing in developing the scholarship of teaching and learning. Keynote address at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) conference (published in the International Commons, p. 21-29), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Oct 22-25.
- Willison, J., Croy, G., Harper, R., Peseta, T., Torres, L., Bandaranaike, S., & Lee, I. (2011). Outcomes and uptake of explicit research skill development across degree programs: ‘it's got practical application in my world' (Source: Office of Learning and Teaching $150,000)
Recent publication activity
- Peseta, T. (2012). Guest Editor: Promoting transformative and academic change in curriculum, teaching and learning: a case study of initiatives at La Trobe University. Special Issue of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (vol 3).
- Salisbury, F., Karasmanis, S., Robertson, T., Corbin, J., Hulett, H., & Peseta, T. (2012).Transforming information literacy conversations to enhance student learning: new curriculum dialogues. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 12(3), available online at: http://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/vol9/iss3/4/
- Kandlbinder, P. & Peseta, T. (Eds.). (2011). Higher Education Research and Development Anthology. Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society Australasia.
- Peseta, T. (2011). The writer as an academic identity. In P. Kandlbinder & T. Peseta (Eds.). Higher Education Research and Development Anthology (pp.307-312). Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society Australasia.
- Peseta, T. (2011). Professing in the field of academic development: is content a dirty word? (Opinion Piece). The International Journal for Academic Development, 16(1), 83-86.
- Peseta, T. (2010). On beginnings, desire and change in academic development. In S. Boon, B. Matthew & L. Sheward (Eds,). Creating a Profession – Building Careers in Educational Development, SEDA Special Issue 27, pp. 11-13.
- Peseta, T., Manathunga, C., Jones, A. (2010). What kind of interdisciplinary space is academic development? In M. Davies., M. Devlin & M. Tight (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Higher Education: Perspectives and Practicalities (pp. 97-111). Emerald Publishing, UK.
- Manathunga, C., Peseta, T. & McCormack, C. (2010). Supervisor development through creative approaches to writing. The International Journal for Academic Development, 15(3), 33-46.
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Higher Degree Research (HDR) Supervision Areas
- Academic development as a moral project
- The scholarship of teaching and learning
- Professional development of university teaching
- Higher education as a field of research/inquiry
- Development of academics' identity and practice
- Reflexive research methodologies (eg, narrative inquiry, ethnography, autoethnography)
Current HDR Students
- Sarah Barradell: The identification of threshold concepts in Physiotherapy– what should be identified and how to identify them? (PhD), La Trobe University
- Robyn Yucel: Academics' perceptions of the Nature of Science in Undergraduate Science Curriculum (PhD), La Trobe University (with Liz Johnson)
- June Tran: Enhancing graduate employability: from the perspective of Vietnamese university students and graduates (EdD), La Trobe University (with Julie White)
- Giedre Kligyte: The role of collegiality in academic work (PhD), University of Sydney (with Simon Barrie)
Awards / Professional Recognition
- 2006 Award for Outstanding Educational Research (Doctoral Thesis) NSW Institute for Educational Research
- 2006 Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Faculty of Economics & Business, The University of Sydney (co-awarded with Drs Amani Ahmed & Rosina Mladenovic). Citation: For excellence in the leadership, design and implementation of a faculty-wide tutor development program
- 2005 Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Education & Social Work, The University of Sydney (co-awarded with Associate Professor Simon Barrie). Citation: For being exemplary role models of the type of reflective practice approach to teaching around which the subjects are designed. They provide a safe, collaborative, respectful yet challenging classroom environment.
- 2003 Best Paper by a Research Student, The Australian Qualitative Research Association (co-awarded with Dr Kim McShane). Paper: On learning journals and researcher subjectivity in the PhD.