I am currently working with large organisations, including Halifax plc and ToshibaTEC, 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 others to inform their practice. I have particular expertise working with professional adult learners, providing clarity about their capabilities and encouraging on-line communities of practice.
PhD - Literary Reception of Herman Melville (now a published book) 2008 (University of Kent, Canterbury)
MA - American Literary Nationalism - 2004 - University of Kent, Canterbury
PGCE - 1985 - University of Massachusetts, Boston, Ma, USA
BA - Italian - 1983 - Trinity College, Hartford, Ct, USA
Papers published on working with organisations particularly centred on the challenges of working with external organisations, managing client relationships, how reflecting on practice improves performance and how ethics can be integrated into a business curriculum.
I have a keen interst in literary research with a particular emphasis on nineteenth century American and English literature.
Contributing to a work based learning curriculum in a trans-disciplinary context (I have created a module incorporating English literature into work based learning, for example - a module used extensively on the Hong Kong campus), I design module teaching and learning materials to deliver these modules through workshops and e-technologies and manage an effective team ofn a specialist porst graduate project module. I take the lead on the development of entrepreneurship, innovation and good practice for students at undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral levels. My general academic interest lies in the contradictions and emergent nature of professionalism; the fundamental changes in professional responsibilities and the complexities of leadership and decision making.
"The Use of English Literature in the Context of Work-based Learning - a pedagogic study" in April 2012 Higher Education, Skills and Work Based Learning
"Working with Toshiba - a case study" - in May 2012 Higher Education, Skills and Work Based Learning.
Two papers on working with the Halifax and integrating English Literature into Professional Practice under review.
Westerly - published fiction (available on Amazon)