Vikki Schaffer began working at USC in 2005. She is a proud USC graduate who completed an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Tourism, BA Honours (Class 1) and Doctorate in Philosophy. Vikki has a strong interest in adventure and conservation with a particular passion for the marine environment.
Vikki is a recipient of an Advanced Award for Advancing Quality Teaching in 2017. In keeping with the premise that it takes a village to graduate a student Vikki uses innovative approaches, enthusiasm, commitment and active engagement in the business and wider community to inform research, enhance student learning and support industry and community development.
Research grants and funding
- 2015 and 2017. New Colombo Plan funded project leader on two undergraduate, teaching and research based tours to Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga.
- 2016. A$15,000. Immersive Media: Bringing learning to life to stimulate authentic student engagement.
This project sought to enhance student engagement through the development of innovative curricula supported by visualisation and immersive simulation for authentic learning that recognises and responds to diverse student learning needs. USC.
- 2013. A$157,000. Seafood extension research. Postdoctoral Scholarship. SCRC, FDRC, ACPF, USC.
- 2012. A$345,197. Identification of the core leadership group and network structure of East Coast Trawl to develop, implement and evaluate strategic opportunities.
This project investigated the development of collaboration to leverage existing and future market opportunities through an understanding of industry social capital and social networks to support internal leadership. SCRC, FDRC, ACPF, USC.
- 2011. A$5,115. Improving learning experiences by building collaborative and cooperative networks between undergraduate students, local communities and academics through the integration of work integrated learning (WIL) and social media technologies in assessment tasks.
This project investigated the use of social media technologies and the building of networks between university staff, students and local communities on learning outcomes including the building of cooperative relationships with the local business community; improvement of graduate destinations opportunities (employability); enrichment of the student experience and positively affected retention. USC.