Janet Turley

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Janet Turley


Teaching areas

  • Communication
  • Information Literacy in the Field of Business

Research areas

  • first year student learning experience
  • student self-efficacy through engagement with support services
  • feedback for learning
  • reducing anxiety for students in public speaking
  • food security in the Pacific Island region


Janet has been an educator and librarian for almost twenty years in a range of tertiary, corporate and public organisations. She graduated with honours in Medieval and Modern History and completed a research Masters with an international development focus before entering the world of Corporate Finance. After 12 years of working as a business researcher and consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and Lexis-Nexis in the UK and the US she returned to academia as a Business Librarian at CQU and then USC. She has also worked for the Sunshine Coast Council casually as an Information Specialist for 8 years. Janet is currently an Associate Lecturer and co-coordinator of a large foundational first year communication and skills course that is mandatory for all first year students to complete.

Janet was awarded a national Office of Learning and Teaching Citation in 2012, in collaboration with Johanna Einfalt, for designing and driving a sustained assessment support model built on collaborative partnerships and paving the way for student growth in skill, independence and peer-to-peer learning.

Janet’s contribution has been recognised through national and international conference presentations and published journal articles. Her research interests include holistic student skill development, Learning and Teaching strategies that take a whole of the University approach, first year retention and transition to University of International, Indigenous and outreach program students.

Janet is currently enrolled in a part-time PhD with the School of Science & Engineering which will explore the role of food and nutritional security in the Pacific Island region.


  • 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 Janet Turley)


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