Professor Catherine Manathunga

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Professor of Education Research

Postgraduate Cert Education (Higher Ed.) Qld.UT; PhD (History) Qld.; BA (Hons, First Class) Qld.

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Professor Catherine Manathunga

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Catherine Manathunga is an historian who draws together expertise in historical, sociological and cultural studies research to bring an innovative perspective to educational research, particularly focusing on the higher education sector. She has worked for over 27 years in universities throughout Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research interests include doctoral education, especially focusing on intercultural supervision pedagogies; transnational histories of universities in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and Ireland; academic work and identities; the history of Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand international student programs, especially the Colombo Plan and supervising African doctoral students.

Her book, Intercultural Postgraduate Supervision: Reimagining time, place and knowledge, was published in June 2014 by Routledge. Catherine has also co-authored a monograph on educational history, A class of its own: a history of Queensland University of Technology; co-edited an oral history monograph, Making a place: an oral history of academic development in Australia; and has published in international, Australian, Irish, American and British journals.

Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Ako Aotearoa (NZ Centre for Tertiary Education), Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia, Nagoya University Japan, Hiroshima University Japan and industry partners.

In 2004, she was part of the team who won an Australian National AAUT Award for Enhancing Student Learning and in 2006 she led a team winning an Australian National Carrick Institute Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning. She has acted as an educational consultant to many other universities in Australia and internationally. She is a research assessor for the ARC, OLT and National Research Foundation in South Africa.

Research grants  

Project name

Investigator(s)

Funding body

Year(s) of operation

Project focus

The formation of academic identity: Place, space and time

 

 

Machi Sato, Hiroshima University, Japan

Barbara Grant, University of Auckland, Aotearoa NZ

Frances Kelly, University of Auckland, Aotearoa NZ

Catherine Manathunga

Cally Guerin, University of Adelaide, Australia

Hiroshima University

2016-2018

This project will explore the formation of academic identity within the context of doctoral education. Through two sub-projects, it will focus on the historical and contemporary scenes of doctoral education as preparation for an academic career in three national sites on the Pacific Rim: Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.

A decade of dialogue: a cultural history of the International Academic Identities Conference 2008-2018.

 

Machi Sato, Hiroshima University, Japan

Tai Peseta, University of Sydney, Australia

Paul Sutton, University of St Mark & St John, UK

Agnes Bosanquet, Macquarie University, Australia

James Burford, Thammasat University Thailand

Catherine Manathunga

Fiona Salisbury, La Trobe University Australia

Jan Smith, Durham University UK

Hiroshima University

2016-2018

This project traces discursive shifts in ideas about academic identity by undertaking a cultural history of the International Academic Identities Conference. The project provides an analysis of the research of academic identity scholars across the globe as they wrestle with changes to, and the demands of, ideas of the University.

Supervising African Students

Catherine Manathunga

Stephanie Doyle, Victoria University of Wellington Aotearoa NZ

Sue Cornforth Victoria University of Wellington Aotearoa NZ

Gerard Prinsen Massey University, Aotearoa NZ

Ako Aotearoa grant - NZ National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence

2014

This Ako-Aotearoa funded project investigated African students’ and their supervisors’ experiences of supervision at two different Aotearoa New Zealand tertiary institutions across a number of different disciplines. It was designed to enhance

understandings of intercultural communication within the supervision relationship and document culturally-effective supervision practices in work with African students.

Japanese Research Supervision

Catherine Manathunga

 Yoshiko Saitoh, Nagoya University, Japan

Center for the Studies of Higher Education, Nagoya University, Japan

2012

This Nagoya University-funded project explored contemporary research graduate supervision in Japan. Interviews were conducted with Japanese supervisors and students to understand more about how culture, time and place play out in Japanese supervision pedagogy

History of Australian Academic Development: an oral history

Alison Lee UTS

 Catherine Manathunga

 Peter Kandlbinder UTS

Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)

2011

This HERDSA-funded oral history project conducted interviews of 14 key founders of Australian academic developers and produced a monograph collection of edited oral history interviews. Ghost-writing techniques were used to re-present interview transcripts into an individual story format that was co-constructed with participants.

Research and innovation leaders for industry

Catherine Manathunga

 Paul Boreham UQ

 Paul Lant UQ

 George Mellick UQ

 Christa Critchley UQ

 Rachael Pitt (Postdoc)

ARC Linkage

 Industry partners: Rio Tinto, CSR Sugar and Qld. Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation

 Additional Funders:

Meat & Livestock Australia

Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology

2008-2011

This ARC-funded project provided evidence about the preparation of future research and innovation leaders for Australian industry. Surveys of CRC graduates in 1997/98 and 2002/03, graduates from non-CRCs and of key employers of research graduates were conducted. A qualitative case study of research graduates working in industry was also undertaken.

 

Development and evaluation of resources to enhance skills in Higher Degree Research supervision in an intercultural context

Sue Spence

 Gail Huon

 Judi Homewood, Macquarie University

 Anna Reid, Macquarie University

 Allyson Holbrook, Uni of Newcastle

 Stephen Marshall

 John Hooper

 Sid Bourke, Uni of Newcastle

 Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Macquarie University

 Catherine Manathunga

Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC)

2008

This ALTC-funded project developed resources designed to enhance Higher Degree Research supervisors’ skills in intercultural supervision. The project employed a design-based methodology and an interdisciplinary approach to develop and evaluate these resources. Methods included surveys and focus groups with staff and students and workshopping with an expert panel.

The role of Honours in contemporary Australian higher education

Margaret Kiley, ANU

 David Boud, UTS

 Robert Cantwell, Uni of Newcastle

 Catherine Manathunga

Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC)

2007

 

This ALTC-funded project mapped the variation of Honours programs in Australia. It sought to explore the roles and practices used in Australian Honours Degrees and aimed to provide the higher education sector with a comprehensive account of the current status of Honours and the issues surrounding it.

Development and evaluation of resources to enhance skills in Higher Degree Research supervision in an intercultural context

Sue Spence 

Gail Huon 

Judi Homewood, Macquarie University

Anna Reid, Macquarie University

Allyson Holbrook, Uni of Newcastle

Stephen Marshall

John Hooper

Sid Bourke, Uni of Newcastle

Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Macquarie University

Catherine Manathunga

Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC)

2008

 

This ALTC-funded project developed resources designed to enhance Higher Degree Research supervisors’ skills in intercultural supervision. The project employed a design-based methodology and an interdisciplinary approach to develop and evaluate these resources. Methods included surveys and focus groups with staff and students and workshopping with an expert panel.

Australia’s future research leaders: are they coming from CRCs?, $20 000; Chief Investigator: Dr

Catherine Manathunga

Rachael Pitt

Christa Critchley

Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian Meat Processing Corporation, Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology

2005

This industry-funded project involved administering a research education questionnaire to cohorts of research students graduating in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 from 5 CRCs. The project evaluated the effectiveness of CRC education and training programs in developing industry-related skills.

 

 

 

Interdisciplinary research education and staff development: an interdisciplinary study

Catherine Manathunga

Paul Lant

George Mellick

UQ Dean of Graduate School & DVC-Research

2004

This research project conducted a scoping study at UQ to identify the issues involved in establishing and developing interdisciplinary research education and academic staff development across the university. It also implemented a systematic program of interdisciplinary research activities in two research centres.

Keynote presentations

  •  SoTL Conference, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa, 2018 (forthcoming)
  • Enhancing the role of teaching and learning in higher education Conference, Oslo, Norway, 2017
  • SoTL in the South Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2017
  • UQ School of Education Postgraduate Conference, Brisbane, Australia 2016
  • National Irish Association for Research in Teaching & Learning keynote presentation for masterclass on supervision, Dublin, Ireland. 2015
  • Australian & NZ Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 2014
  • Postgraduate Supervision Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2011
  • Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference, Byron Bay, Australia 2010
  • Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, Wales, 2009
  • invited presentations at the Cooperative Research Centre Association Conferences in Canberra and Alice Springs in 2004; 2005 & 2010
  • invited keynotes at:
    • National University of Ireland, Galway 2017
    • Roskilde University, Denmark, 2016
    • University of British Colombia, Canada, 2015
    • University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 2015
    • Linköping University, Sweden, 2014
    • Lund University, Sweden, 2014
    • Södertörn University, Sweden, 2014
    • University Sains Malaysia, 2009
    • University of the South Pacific, 2008

Awards

  • 2006 Australian National Carrick Institute Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning
  • 2005 UQ Award for Enhancing Student Learning
  • 2004 Australian National AAUT Award for Enhancing Student Learning (UQ Graduate School)
  • 2004 Promoting Women Fellowship, UQ
  • 1992 Irish Studies Scholarship
  • 1992 United Nations Graduate Study Program
  • 1989 Irish Studies Prize

 

 

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