Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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The research higher degree and beyond


7 June 2017

The doctorate can be a pathway to many expressions of academic and professional life. In this panel discussion, four early-career researchers, each of whom has taken a different pathway post-doctorate, will talk briefly about their post-doctoral endeavours, and the opportunities and challenges that their particular pathways have brought. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion of different post-doctoral career options with our panelists.

Event details

  • When: 5–7pm

  • Where: Room 459, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Research Student Liaison officer
    T: +61 2 9351 6268

  • More info:

  • Panelists: Alexandra McCormick is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She conducted postdoctoral research into 'post-2015' education and development agendas in the South Pacific. That research built on her prior doctoral work that investigated the global social policy of "Education for All" (EFA) in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, including in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. Dr McCormick's doctoral research was on an ARC Linkage grant with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as the industry partner. It was titled AusAID at Work: the Design, Delivery and Impact of Australian Aid to Education in Asia and the Pacific. Dr McCormick works on research projects that have investigated issues of equity and social justice, as well as language acquisition.

    Marie Murphy is an experienced educator, coach, mentor and researcher. She holds qualifications in education, coaching and human resources. Dr Murphy has worked as a principal, researcher, team leader and teacher in a range of educational settings and systems. She has recently completed doctoral studies on the relationship between schools and parents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and the work of leaders in building this relationship. Dr Murphy is the director of CLASS: Coaching Leaders in Australian Schools. She has been involved in further research investigating preservice teachers’ Professional Experience at Western Sydney University and been a recent guest lecturer in their Master of Leadership program. Dr Murphy is also currently teaching in the Master of Teaching program at The University of Sydney.

    Victoria Rawlings is a lecturer in gender, sexuality, pedagogy and research methods with Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her doctorate (Sydney, 2013) investigated the impact of gender and sexuality on school violence, policy and social structures in high schools. Following her postgraduate study, Victoria moved to the UK for two years, where she worked on a national project investigating self-harm and suicide among LGBTQ. She is in the process of writing a new book that (according to her) is definitely worth purchasing or requesting for your library: Gender regulation, violence and social hierarchies in school: ‘Sluts’, ‘Gays’ and ‘Scrubs’.

    Pippa Yeoman is a postdoctoral research fellow on the ARC Discovery Project, "Modelling complex learning spaces". Prior to this she completed her PhD (2015) as a member of Professor Peter Goodyear's ARC Laureate Fellowship team, at The University of Sydney’s Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation, in what is now Sydney School of Education and Social work. Dr Yeoman has a deep philosophical interest in new theories of learning such as embodied, distributed and extended cognition, and theories of material ecology and entanglement. Many of these theories are yet to make their way into teaching and learning practice, and many of the environments in which we teach and learn do little to support their adoption. Over the past five years Dr Yeoman has spent more than 600 hours observing learning activity in a range of innovative learning spaces; participated in the design and redesign of university teaching facilities; and developed practical but theoretically informed materials to use in preparing educators to work in these spaces. She has presented her work at a number of international conferences and is currently working on a co-authored publication entitled, Learning to teach in Innovative Spaces with Dr Lucila Carvalho, to be published by Routledge in 2018.

    Fernando Serrano-Amaya is the current Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney. He has PhD from the same university and a Master in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, UK (2004). His undergraduate arts degree was in Social Anthropology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 1994. Dr Serrano-Amaya has developed his career as researcher, consultant and lecturer. He has extensive experience working for NGOs, international cooperation agencies and state institutions in Colombia. Whilst working in non-academic environments, he has been a productive independent scholar. A book based on his PhD research will be published in late 2017 by Palgrave McMillan.

The research higher degree and beyond

Where Room 459, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


7 June 2017

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