- Academic Skills
- English language and communication
- Student engagement and skill support
- Collaborative support models
- The academic transition of international students
Johanna has experience as an educator since 1998 in a variety of teaching institutions, both in Australia and overseas. After completing her Masters in English and in Teaching, she taught in Sydney for several years before moving to Queensland to teach in the Communication Faculty at the Southbank Institute of Technology. In 2004, she took a position as an Academic Skills Adviser at USC. In 2010, she was offered the opportunity to teach Academic English at one of USC's partner institutions in Germany, Hochschule Fulda.
In addition to performing the adviser role, Johanna remains a registered teacher and has taught in a variety of subject areas at USC including Academic Skills, Writing, Literacies in Education and Innovation.
Johanna’s postgraduate studies have focused on teaching English language and communication skills. This area of specialism, coupled with diverse experience gained overseas, has led to an interest in issues related to international students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds.
In her current role as an adviser, she delivers academic skill support programs to international students at USC and her research interests include exploring ways to maximise the learning outcomes and the successful transition of culturally and linguistically diverse students. In 2010, she spent 12 weeks in Germany undertaking research into the academic transition experience of returned International Study Abroad students. In 2012, Johanna gained national recognition in the form of an Australian University Teaching Citation Award for co-designing and driving a collaborative assessment support model that promotes student growth in skill and independence.