Researcher

Professor Sue Starfield

My Expertise

Learning & language support at tertiary level; international students' teaching, learning & language issues; doctoral writing; academic writing; writing for scholarly publication; learning through a second language; policy development for student support.

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Sue Starfield is a Professor in the School of Education. For 18 years she was the Director of The Learning Centre at UNSW. Her research and publications cover tertiary academic literacies; doctoral writing, writing for publication, postgraduate pedagogy, identity in academic writing and access and equity in higher education. Her research has focused on Writing in the academy: The practice-based thesis as an evolving genre (ARC Discovery Grant...view more

Sue Starfield is a Professor in the School of Education. For 18 years she was the Director of The Learning Centre at UNSW. Her research and publications cover tertiary academic literacies; doctoral writing, writing for publication, postgraduate pedagogy, identity in academic writing and access and equity in higher education. Her research has focused on Writing in the academy: The practice-based thesis as an evolving genre (ARC Discovery Grant 2008-2010) and a A cross-national study of the relative impact of an oral component on PhD examination quality, language and practice (ARC Discovery Grant 2011-2014). She supervises students in the areas of tertiary literacies, advanced academic writing, research genres, access and equity issues for non-native speakers of English in higher education. Ethnographic perspectives on academic writing, co-authored with Brian Paltridge and Christine Tardy is published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. To hear Sue talk about her research focus, click here.

Sue also edits two book series with Routledge: Introductions to English for Specific Purposes and Routledge Research in English for Specific Purposes.


My Qualifications

Dip Teach - French (UParis), MA French Lit (Witwatersrand), MA App Ling (UParis), PhD (Witwatersrand)


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

I supervise students in the areas of academic writing, doctoral writing, academic literacies, academic identity and English for specific purposes. I am interested in qualitatively oriented research.


My Engagement

She is the recipient of a 2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for the development of a research-led innovative curriculum to support postgraduate research students' writing with significant impact on the field of postgraduate writing.

She is a co-recipient of a 2006 Carrick Institute Competitive Grant – Creating a student-centred online learning environment for report writing in the sciences and engineering.


My Teaching

Sue Starfield is a Professor and was the Director of The Learning Centre at UNSW for 18 years. She is co-author with Brian Paltridge of Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Supervisors published by Routledge in 2007. She was co-editor of the journal English for Specific Purposes from 2009-2014. She is the recipient of a 2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for the development of a research-led innovative curriculum to support postgraduate research students' writing with significant impact on the field of postgraduate writing.

Sue's current research interests include advanced academic writing, postgraduate pedagogy and issues of identity in academic writing and language learning. With colleagues from the University of Sydney, Sue and Pam Mort of The Learning Centre were awarded a 2006 Carrick Institute Competitive Grant – Creating a student-centred online learning environment for report writing in the sciences and engineering.

Sue currently teaches Thesis Writing and Presentation, a course she has developed for the School of Education. She has also taught Developing a Research Proposal, a course for commencing postgraduate research students. In addition, she has been involved in program development to enhance students' successful access to academic skills across the university.

Prior to moving to Australia, Sue worked for over fifteen years in South Africa, mainly at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where she developed academic programs to promote access and success in higher education for students who had been disadvantaged by apartheid education. She also worked with academic staff who wanted to make their teaching more responsive to the learning needs of the very diverse student body.

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Location

Goodsell Bldg

Contact

+61 2 9385 2524