PhD on the Literary Reception of Herman Melville, University of Kent, 2008
MA in American Literary Nationalism, University of Kent, 2004
BA Italian Language and Literature, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1983
Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education Teaching (Language studies and E.A.P.), University of Massachusetts, 1985
I am currently working with large organisations, including Halifax plc, ToshibaTEC, Forum for the Future, i-Coach, SAP, and the Wembley Stadium Group, providing cohorts of both UK and international students with a wide range of skills so that they can attain certificated learning at both UG and PG levels while investigating strategies to solve work based problems and researching literature from disciplines such as business, psychology, economics and philosophy to inform their practice. I have particular expertise working with professional adult learners particularly in the context of literature/literacy, providing clarity about their capabilities and encouraging on-line communities of practice.
Contributing to a work based learning curriculum in a trans-disciplinary context (I have piloted a module incorporating English literature into work based learning, for example), I design module teaching and learning materials to deliver these modules through workshops and e-technologies and manage an effective team on a specialist post graduate project module. I have identified the need for a new writing module which has provided the basis for a series of workshops for students undertaking professional doctorates. I take the lead on the development of entrepreneurship, innovation and good practice for students at postgraduate level as well as act as an external advisor for organisations including the renowned Forum for the Future in its MA Leadership for Sustainable Development and postgraduate provision at BIMM.
My general academic interest lies in the contradictions and emergent nature of professionalism enacted in diverse settings; the complexities of leadership and decision making; the negotiations of working across professional boundaries; and the fundamental changes in professional responsibilities.
My research interests include the challenges of working with external organisations and meeting the needs of students and clients; managing client relationships and responsibilities; how reflecting on practice improves performance; how to bridge knowledge and action in the workplace; and how ethics can be integrated into a business curriculum. I investigate and explore ideas that shape and challenge learning and teaching and promote multi-professional dialogue.
I regularly review books and articles for SAGE and Studies in Continuing Education, most recently My word! Plagiarism and college culture (Susan D Blum) in Studies in Continuing Education and MasterClass in English Education: Transforming Teaching and Learning (Sue Brindley and Bethan Marshall) in Studies in Continuing Education.
Winner of the 2015 UALL award.
In March 2015 my colleague Kate Maguire and I were awarded the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning prize in recognition of teaching excellence on a project we designed for professional doctoral students at Middlesex University. Our project was entitled 'The Critical Autobiography and the Professional Doctorate' and was designed to foster improvement in professional doctoral students' academic writing by encouraging them to explore autobiographical texts. The judges of the UALL award praised the innovativeness of our project.
We plan to build on this achievement by developing similar courses in conjunction with other UK universities and businesses. We recently contributed to a filmed seminar for the CERS series in February. We have been invited to deliver a writing and criticality workshop at the Islamic College, London in June 2015.