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Lecture: Dr. Rachel Spronken-Smith - "The PhD – is it out of alignment?” 

Matariki Network Visitor

 Monday, October 20, at 3pm, in Dunning Hall Room 12

Dr. Rachel Spronken-Smith, Dean of the Graduate Research School and Professor in Higher Education and Geography at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, will be visiting Queen's on October 20 and 21, 2014.  Queen’s University and the University of Otago are one of the seven founding members of the Matariki Network of Universities established in 2010 to forge stronger links between research and teaching in partner institutions.

Dr. Spronken-Smith will attend meetings in the School of Graduate Studies, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and the Student Academic Success Services unit (Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre).  She will give a lecture entitled: “The PhD – is it out of alignment?” on Monday, October 20, at 3pm, in Dunning Hall Room 12.  Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are cordially invited to attend. 

Dr. Spronken-Smith's interests in higher education research include aspects of the student experience, undergraduate research and inquiry, field teaching, the teaching-research nexus, curriculum change, and graduate attributes. She led a multi-institutional team across New Zealand researching the use of learning through inquiry for undergraduate education, and recently completed an Ako Aotearoa National Project on engagement with graduate outcomes in higher education in Aotearoa/New Zealand.


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