Symposium 2021 – themes, dates, and keynote speakers locked in

The theme for the 2021 BJBS L&T Symposium is ‘thriving in higher education’s new normal’, to be held on the mornings of Thursday 2nd September and Friday 3rd September. It will be mostly online but we are planning on linking spaces on several regional campuses to give many of you the opportunity to physically gather with colleagues for the opening session and then enjoy a slap-up morning tea! The details (including sign up and login) will be nailed down soon but I can tell you that day 1 will kick off with the keynote speakers and a panel, followed by the academic showcase, see EOI call). Day 2 will begin with elective workshops and the symposium will conclude with a student panel facilitated by our former colleague, Professor Jude Gullifer.

In keeping with our theme I’m excited to announce our keynote speakers:

Professor Kim Cornish is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and directs the Cornish Developmental Laboratory in the Monash School of Psychological Sciences, of which she is Head of School and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences. Professor Cornish is recognised internationally for her work in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders, genes, and atypical cognitive pathways including cognitive control deficits. At our symposium, Professor Cornish will be presenting findings and future steps for the THRIVE initiative which began in April 2020 and tracked students in a range of cohorts across 5 timepoints to better understand student mental and cognitive health.

Dr Kathryn Sutherland is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Academic Development at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher who loves classroom teaching, having taught in subjects such as English literature, writing, work-integrated learning, and higher education across her academic career. Her research and practice has three main areas of focus: academic working lives; holistic academic development; and working in partnership with students to improve teaching and learning. Kathryn is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management and was a co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development for ten years. At our symposium, Associate Professor Sutherland will be presenting on the 4 Cs of Effective Classroom Teaching.

Dr Nicole Sugden is a Lecturer in our very own School of Psychology at Charles Sturt and was recently awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) program, recognising Nicole as one of Australia’s exceptional university teachers. At our symposium, Dr Sugden will be sharing some of the innovative strategies she developed to assist students engage with challenging concepts.

Dan Winson is the founder and CEO of Zetifi, a wireless networking company based in Wagga Wagga employing 15 people, with investments from Cornell University, Telstra, and GRDC, that is developing off-grid optimised wireless network devices and systems to solve connectivity problems for people in rural and remote areas.

Dan also assists with our IT networking projects subjects and is a Charles Sturt alumni.

In the meantime please save the dates and times, it promises to be a fantastic event.