Lee-anne began her Bachelor of Arts degree at USC in its inaugural year in 1996. As a 'first in family' student Lee-anne completed her BA with a double major in Communication and Social and Community Studies, receiving both a High Academic Achievement Award and the University Medal in 2004. Lee-anne undertook further studies and completed an Honours degree in Sociology in 2007 and her PhD in 2013 which looked at employee retention through improved workplace social capital.
Lee-anne’s teaching experience has covered all Faculties and various Schools. She is currently appointed as Lecturer in Communication and Thought, facing the challenge of contributing to the development and success of a large first year course. Lee-anne is passionate about teaching and enjoys contributing to student achievement. She is particularly interested in developing student social capital, both within the classroom and with the wider institution.
AAUT (Australian Awards for University Teaching) Citation Award, 2017. These awards are granted by the Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) to recognise quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning. Awarded to Lee-anne as part of the COR109 team in recognition of teaching excellence for a collaborative transdisciplinary team culture, which facilitates an exemplary supportive tertiary education experience for first year students through scholarly and informed curricula and resources.
- USC Advance Awards, 2016: AQT award for Advancing Quality Teaching. Awarded to teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students' learning experiences. Awarded to the COR109 team (including Lee-anne Bye).
Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students
- Social capital (general, within the workplace, within the university)
- First year learning experience, and student engagement and retention
- Critical sociology, particularly discourse analysis
- Demographic changes and population ageing