Semester One 2017

Thursday 8 June


Professor Fran Waugh, Associate Dean (International)

Thinking internationally: the importance of networking during your thesis and across your research career

6pm Lecture Theatre 424

No matter what stage you are in your research thesis, it is important for you to foster your networking skills. These will be central to how you develop as a researcher across your career. Part of networking is about coming to know who you are as a researcher, and connecting with, and forming relevant research relationships/partnerships/communities, be it within your discipline or across disciplines in the local, national and/or international contexts. Using an ecological framework, I reflect on the what, why and how of networking grounded in my 18 years experiences as an academic, in particular, my leadership roles in the international context. I conclude by posing the question as to how we, in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, can strengthen our connections within the other Schools of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and more broadly within the university, to promote a vibrant higher degree research culture for both international and local students.

Following over 20 years professional experience as a registered nurse, and then a social worker, this is Professor Fran Waugh's 18th year working as an academic in the Social Work and Policy Studies programs in the newly created Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). Fran is currently the Associate Dean (International) in the faculty. She is passionate about Field Education being core to the integration of students' learning. Her research interests include higher education pedagogy to optimise students’ education experiences, and knowledge building in social work practice to enhance evidence-based practice with vulnerable populations. Fran is currently co-leading, with Professor Robyn Ewing, a multi-university research project funded by the Office for Learning Teaching (Australian government) on The contribution of becoming reflective on the employability of teachers and social workers. Fran collaborates with international academics, to learn about Social Work education and practice in China, Taiwan and Indonesia.

Poster presentation

Two posters were presented at this forum. They were from:

  • Sene Gide, An exploration of leadership in high quality early childhood services.
  • Sally Walter, Magnifying the teacher experience with curriculum integration

Click on the right to view the posters.


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