National Teaching Fellow 2008
Institute at the time of award: University of Leeds
I am concerned with pedagogic identities in further, adult and higher education, and more broadly within professional learning and pedagogies. I teach those working in pedagogic roles with others. For example, on the Masters in Clinical Education I teach clinical colleagues who themselves teach in the clinical workplace; on the Masters in Lifelong Learning, I work with professionals in a wide range of contexts who in turn with work with learners; on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Further Education), I work with teachers in the learning and skills sector. I was awarded a three-year University Teaching Fellowship from the University of Leeds in January, 2008.
My colleague, Janice Malcolm, and I developed a conceptual framework for exploring pedagogic identities. Within higher education, I am also interested in the relationships between teaching, research and discipline, particularly in relation to learning and knowledge production. I focus on the academic and other workplaces as sites for professional learning and pedagogies, and have been particularly concerned with transitions from learning to work. I have a background in feminist and critical psychology, although now regard myself as an educationalist, rather than a psychologist.
I am currently the Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Leeds, although from September 2009, I will be taking up the post of Executive Dean of the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.
I am the Editor of the journal, Studies in the Education of Adults, and am on the Editorial Board of Studies in Continuing Education and Adult Education Quarterly. I am a member of the Executive Board of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute and an honorary member of SCUTREA (the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults).
Professor of Adult Education and Executive Dean, School of Social sciences
Birkbeck, University of London