Dr Amani Bell

Senior Lecturer

F03 - Fisher Library
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 5815

Website www.theycallmedrbell.com
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Biographical details

Amani joined the ITL in March 2009. She previously worked in the Office of Learning and Teaching in Economics and Business at the University of Sydney, where she managed the Faculty’s tutor development program and provided high level support in the area of evaluation and quality assurance of learning and teaching. Amani has a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney. While studying for her PhD, she taught biology and horticulture at the University of Sydney, UTS and TAFE and also completed a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Teaching and Learning. After graduating, Amani worked for Horticulture Australia, a company that works with over 40 horticultural industries and manages several hundred research projects.

She is coordinator of one of the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) units each year, and teaches in the Principles & Practice of University Teaching & Learning program. Amani's teaching and learning development work involves leadership of the Inclusive Teaching Curriculum resources, the Widening Participation Scholars Network, and sessional staff development.

Her primary research focus is how academics, particularly those early in their career, develop their teaching via engagement with students (students as change agents).

Amani is an Associate Editor for the Higher Education and Research Development (HERD) Journal, and is regular reviewer for higher education journals.

Awards and honours

Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2006) For excellence in the leadership, design and implementation of a faculty-wide tutor development program (with Dr Rosina Mladenovic and Dr Tai Peseta)

Current research students

Project title Research student Co-supervisor/s
The role of collegiality in academic work Giedre Kligyte Dr Tai Peseta & Professor Simon Barrie
‘How can academic libraries participate in shaping the future idea of the University?’ Fiona Salisbury Dr Tai Peseta, Professor Simon Barrie & Dr Nikki Brunker
Threshold concepts, Ways of thinking and practising and Curriculum: a phenomenological heuristic research inquiry in an entry-level physiotherapy context Sarah Barradell Dr Tai Peseta & Professor Simon Barrie
Graduate Qualities and Teacher Education Claire Marvell A/Prof Donna O'Connor
How students experiences of the Dental curriculum support their development of ways of thinking and practicing Delyse Leadbeatter Professor Chris Peck
The road to the sense of discipline: An exploration of the perceptual way of teaching and learning in finance courses Fangfang Li Professor Keith Trigwell

Selected grants

2017

  • Student Leadership OLE (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Lewis S, Shirley D, Bell A, Lincoln M, Sakhaee E, Johinke R, Burgess A, Keep M, Zeric M, Choi C, Anderson L, Morr J, Teague M, Rodrigo D; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Bell, A., Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E., Airini, A., Kelly-Laubscher, R., Paxton, M., Pukepuke, T., Santamaria, L. (2016). Together to the table: Applying critical leadership in cross-cultural, international research. In Lorri Santamaria, Andres Santamaria (Eds.), Culturally Responsive Leadership in Higher Education: Promoting Access, Equity, and Improvement, (pp. 106-119). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Carson, L., Piggott, L. (2013). Deliberative Democracy for Curriculum Renewal. In E Dunne, D Owen (Eds.), The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education, (pp. 499-508). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Journals

  • Mladenovic, R., Martinov-Bennie, N., Bell, A. (2017). Business students' insights into their development of ethical decision-making. Journal of Business Ethics, Online first. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Thomson, K. (2017). Supporting peer observation of teaching: collegiality, conversations, and autonomy. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, In press. [More Information]
  • Hamshire, C., Forsyth, R., Bell, A., Benton, M., Kelly-Laubscher, R., Paxton, M., Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E. (2017). The potential of student narratives to enhance quality in higher education. Quality in Higher Education, Online first. [More Information]
  • Peseta, T., Bell, A., Clifford, A., English, A., Janarthana, J., Jones, C., Teal, M., Zhang, J. (2016). Students as ambassadors and researchers of assessment renewal: puzzling over the practices of university and academic life. International Journal for Academic Development, 21(1), 54-66. [More Information]
  • Thomson, K., Bell, A., Hendry, G. (2015). Peer observation of teaching: the case for learning just by watching. Higher Education Research and Development, 34(5), 1060-1062. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R. (2015). Situated learning, reflective practice and conceptual expansion: effective peer observation for tutor development. Teaching in Higher Education, 20(1), 24-36. [More Information]
  • Hendry, G., Bell, A., Thomson, K. (2014). Learning by observing a peer's teaching situation. International Journal for Academic Development, 19(4), 318-329. [More Information]
  • Hinton, T., Yeoman, P., Carvalho, L., Parisio, M., Day, M., Byrne, S., Bell, A., Donohoe, K., Radford, J., Tregloan, P., Poronnik, P., Goodyear, P. (2014). Participating in the communication of science: Identifying relationships between laboratory space designs and students' activities. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22(5), 30-42.
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R. (2013). How tutors understand and engage with reflective practices. Reflective Practice, 14(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R., Price, M. (2013). Students' perception of the usefulness of marking guides, grade descriptors and annotated exemplars. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(7), 769-788. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Kelton, J., Morrison, K., Mladenovic, R., McDonagh, N. (2010). A critical evaluation of the usefulness of a coding scheme to categorise levels of reflective thinking. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, , 1-19. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Treleaven, L. (2010). Looking for Professor Right: mentee selection of mentors in a formal mentoring program. Higher Education, , 1-17. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R., Segara, R. (2010). Supporting the reflective practice of tutors: what do tutors reflect on? Teaching in Higher Education, 15(1), 57-70. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Morris, G. (2009). Engaging professional learning in online environments. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(5), 700-713.
  • Ewing, R., Freeman, M., Barrie, S., Bell, A., O'Connor, D., Waugh, F., Sykes, C. (2008). Building community in academic settings: the importance of flexibility in a structured mentoring program. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 16(3), 294-310.
  • Ellis, R., Freeman, M., Bell, A. (2008). Referencing as Evidence of Student Scholarliness and Academic Readiness. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education, 13(1), 83-98.
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R. (2008). The benefits of peer observation of teaching for tutor development. Higher Education, 55(6), 735-752. [More Information]
  • Montgomery, D., Bell, A., Freeman, M. (2007). An online writing instructional system for international students. Synergy, (25).
  • Montgomery, D., Bell, A., Freeman, M. (2007). An online writing instructional system for international students. Synergy, 25(June), 31-33.
  • Bell, A. (2007). Exploring tutors' conceptions of excellent tutoring. Teaching and Learning in (Higher) Education for Sessional Staff, 1(1 (second article)), 1-17.
  • Freeman, M., Bell, A., Comerton-Forde, C., Pickering, J., Blayney, P. (2007). Factors affecting educational innovation with in class electronic response systems. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (Online), 23(2), 149-170.
  • Bell, A., Johnson, K., Burchett, M., Kenny, B. (2006). The effects of heat, smoke, leaching, scarification, temperature and NaCl salinity on the germination of Solanum centrale (the Australian bush tomato). Seed Science and Technology, 34(1), 33-45.
  • Johnson, K., Bell, A., Armstrong, G. (2003). Investigations into in Vitro manipulation of Solanum centrale (Bush Tomato). Acta Horticulturae, 616, 169-175.

Conferences

  • Bell, A., Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E., Airini, A., Santamaria, L., Birch, E., Kelly-Laubscher, R., Paxton, M., Stanley, C., Waterman, S. (2014). Global and cross-cultural perspectives on first-generation university students. AARE-NZARE 2014 Conference, Australia: AARE-NZARE.
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R., Price, M. (2012). Improving learning outcomes through effective assessment: benefits of grade descriptors, marking guides and exemplars. 5th Annual American Accoutning Association AAA Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting, No publisher: No publisher.
  • Barrie, S., Bell, A., Cairnduff, A., Teague, M. (2012). Setting the scene for change: Activating networks in the university labyrinth'. AARE-APERA Conference, No publication: Wiley.
  • Bell, A., Morris, G. (2010). 'The Trading Zone': An online space for exchanging good teaching practice. 4th International iPED Conference iPED 2009, United Kingdom: Conventry University.
  • Bell, A., Treleaven, L. (2010). What makes for a successful mentoring program for academics? 33rd Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia International Conference: HERDSA 2010 Reshaping Higher Education, Milperra: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R., Segara, R. (2009). Supporting the reflective practice of tutors: what do tutors reflect on? 2009 AFAANZ Conference, Adelaide, Australia: Cafaanz. [More Information]
  • Ewing, R., Freeman, M., Bell, A., Barrie, S., O'Connor, D., Shields, J., Spicer, P., Waugh, F. (2007). The challenge of mentoring in academic settings: A pilot study. AARE's 36th Annual International Education Research Conference - Adelaide 2006, Melbourne: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Freeman, M., Montgomery, D., Bell, A. (2005). Online writing instructional system for international students. Higher Education Research & Development (HERDSA), Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Kamvounias, P., Stilwell, F., Mladenovic, R., Bell, A. (2005). Scholarship Index success in the Faculty of Economics and Business: bringing research and teaching together.

2017

  • Mladenovic, R., Martinov-Bennie, N., Bell, A. (2017). Business students' insights into their development of ethical decision-making. Journal of Business Ethics, Online first. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Thomson, K. (2017). Supporting peer observation of teaching: collegiality, conversations, and autonomy. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, In press. [More Information]
  • Hamshire, C., Forsyth, R., Bell, A., Benton, M., Kelly-Laubscher, R., Paxton, M., Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E. (2017). The potential of student narratives to enhance quality in higher education. Quality in Higher Education, Online first. [More Information]

2016

  • Peseta, T., Bell, A., Clifford, A., English, A., Janarthana, J., Jones, C., Teal, M., Zhang, J. (2016). Students as ambassadors and researchers of assessment renewal: puzzling over the practices of university and academic life. International Journal for Academic Development, 21(1), 54-66. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E., Airini, A., Kelly-Laubscher, R., Paxton, M., Pukepuke, T., Santamaria, L. (2016). Together to the table: Applying critical leadership in cross-cultural, international research. In Lorri Santamaria, Andres Santamaria (Eds.), Culturally Responsive Leadership in Higher Education: Promoting Access, Equity, and Improvement, (pp. 106-119). New York: Routledge. [More Information]

2015

  • Thomson, K., Bell, A., Hendry, G. (2015). Peer observation of teaching: the case for learning just by watching. Higher Education Research and Development, 34(5), 1060-1062. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R. (2015). Situated learning, reflective practice and conceptual expansion: effective peer observation for tutor development. Teaching in Higher Education, 20(1), 24-36. [More Information]

2014

  • Bell, A., Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E., Airini, A., Santamaria, L., Birch, E., Kelly-Laubscher, R., Paxton, M., Stanley, C., Waterman, S. (2014). Global and cross-cultural perspectives on first-generation university students. AARE-NZARE 2014 Conference, Australia: AARE-NZARE.
  • Hendry, G., Bell, A., Thomson, K. (2014). Learning by observing a peer's teaching situation. International Journal for Academic Development, 19(4), 318-329. [More Information]
  • Hinton, T., Yeoman, P., Carvalho, L., Parisio, M., Day, M., Byrne, S., Bell, A., Donohoe, K., Radford, J., Tregloan, P., Poronnik, P., Goodyear, P. (2014). Participating in the communication of science: Identifying relationships between laboratory space designs and students' activities. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22(5), 30-42.

2013

  • Bell, A., Carson, L., Piggott, L. (2013). Deliberative Democracy for Curriculum Renewal. In E Dunne, D Owen (Eds.), The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education, (pp. 499-508). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R. (2013). How tutors understand and engage with reflective practices. Reflective Practice, 14(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R., Price, M. (2013). Students' perception of the usefulness of marking guides, grade descriptors and annotated exemplars. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(7), 769-788. [More Information]

2012

  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R., Price, M. (2012). Improving learning outcomes through effective assessment: benefits of grade descriptors, marking guides and exemplars. 5th Annual American Accoutning Association AAA Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting, No publisher: No publisher.
  • Barrie, S., Bell, A., Cairnduff, A., Teague, M. (2012). Setting the scene for change: Activating networks in the university labyrinth'. AARE-APERA Conference, No publication: Wiley.

2010

  • Bell, A., Morris, G. (2010). 'The Trading Zone': An online space for exchanging good teaching practice. 4th International iPED Conference iPED 2009, United Kingdom: Conventry University.
  • Bell, A., Kelton, J., Morrison, K., Mladenovic, R., McDonagh, N. (2010). A critical evaluation of the usefulness of a coding scheme to categorise levels of reflective thinking. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, , 1-19. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Treleaven, L. (2010). Looking for Professor Right: mentee selection of mentors in a formal mentoring program. Higher Education, , 1-17. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R., Segara, R. (2010). Supporting the reflective practice of tutors: what do tutors reflect on? Teaching in Higher Education, 15(1), 57-70. [More Information]
  • Bell, A., Treleaven, L. (2010). What makes for a successful mentoring program for academics? 33rd Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia International Conference: HERDSA 2010 Reshaping Higher Education, Milperra: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

2009

  • Bell, A., Morris, G. (2009). Engaging professional learning in online environments. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(5), 700-713.
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R., Segara, R. (2009). Supporting the reflective practice of tutors: what do tutors reflect on? 2009 AFAANZ Conference, Adelaide, Australia: Cafaanz. [More Information]

2008

  • Ewing, R., Freeman, M., Barrie, S., Bell, A., O'Connor, D., Waugh, F., Sykes, C. (2008). Building community in academic settings: the importance of flexibility in a structured mentoring program. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 16(3), 294-310.
  • Ellis, R., Freeman, M., Bell, A. (2008). Referencing as Evidence of Student Scholarliness and Academic Readiness. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education, 13(1), 83-98.
  • Bell, A., Mladenovic, R. (2008). The benefits of peer observation of teaching for tutor development. Higher Education, 55(6), 735-752. [More Information]

2007

  • Montgomery, D., Bell, A., Freeman, M. (2007). An online writing instructional system for international students. Synergy, (25).
  • Montgomery, D., Bell, A., Freeman, M. (2007). An online writing instructional system for international students. Synergy, 25(June), 31-33.
  • Bell, A. (2007). Exploring tutors' conceptions of excellent tutoring. Teaching and Learning in (Higher) Education for Sessional Staff, 1(1 (second article)), 1-17.
  • Freeman, M., Bell, A., Comerton-Forde, C., Pickering, J., Blayney, P. (2007). Factors affecting educational innovation with in class electronic response systems. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (Online), 23(2), 149-170.
  • Ewing, R., Freeman, M., Bell, A., Barrie, S., O'Connor, D., Shields, J., Spicer, P., Waugh, F. (2007). The challenge of mentoring in academic settings: A pilot study. AARE's 36th Annual International Education Research Conference - Adelaide 2006, Melbourne: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2006

  • Bell, A., Johnson, K., Burchett, M., Kenny, B. (2006). The effects of heat, smoke, leaching, scarification, temperature and NaCl salinity on the germination of Solanum centrale (the Australian bush tomato). Seed Science and Technology, 34(1), 33-45.

2005

  • Freeman, M., Montgomery, D., Bell, A. (2005). Online writing instructional system for international students. Higher Education Research & Development (HERDSA), Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Kamvounias, P., Stilwell, F., Mladenovic, R., Bell, A. (2005). Scholarship Index success in the Faculty of Economics and Business: bringing research and teaching together.

2003

  • Johnson, K., Bell, A., Armstrong, G. (2003). Investigations into in Vitro manipulation of Solanum centrale (Bush Tomato). Acta Horticulturae, 616, 169-175.

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