Dr Ruth Greenaway

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Teaching areas

  • Secondary Education Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Special Education
  • Physical Education

Research areas

  • First Year in Higher Education
  • Innovative learning and teaching
  • Spatiality–learning spaces
  • Participatory research with young people
  • School–community–university engagement
  • Aspirations of primary school students


Dr Ruth Greenaway works in the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT) as a senior academic developer supporting the faculties guided by the University strategic priorities, policies and procedures. The current priorities include strategies that support students in their first year of study through curriculum design, blended learning, multi-site delivery and Work Integrated Learning. Ruth works with academics to design curriculum that attends to the curriculum design principles and the first year transition pedagogies that guide opportunities for student success. Ruth supports University wide initiatives by offering professional learning opportunities and is currently working alongside academics on priority courses and programs. The design of Work Integrated Learning experiences and assessment is another university-wide initiative that falls within Ruth’s remit.

Ruth has a keen interest in the design of innovative, technology rich learning spaces and works with staff and students in the development and use of next generation learning spaces including the use of Visualisation and Simulation in learning and teaching. Ruth is an active researcher who is currently involved in a number of grants investigating new initiatives in learning and teaching.

Ruth has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow and more recently a consultant on a project that encourages primary school students to consider higher education opportunities. The project called MyTED - My Tertiary Education Day encourages year 4 students to consider their aspirations for the future using a multi-strategic approach involving a series of lessons, a campus visit and an eBook. Ruth was invited to Research Opportunities Week at Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in 2015 to progress her postdoctoral work internationally.

Dr Ruth Greenaway has worked in both secondary and tertiary education for the past 25 years in NSW and QLD and currently teaches in the School of Education. She won an APAI scholarship to complete her PhD research that formed part of an Australian Research Council linkage grant 'Remembering the past: Imagining the future'. Her PhD took a participatory research approach and is titled: School-Community engagement: a critical approach to involving young people in urban planning. Ruth's work has expanded to include university-school-community engagement initiatives and grants.

Research grants


Project name        Investigators Funding body    Year Focus
Professionalisation in Academic Development

Dr Christine Slade (UQ)
Dr Ruth Greenaway
Dominique McGrath (UQ)


2016 -2017 Exploring learning designer roles in a changing higher education sector
The lifespan is for living and growing Dr Prudence Millear, Dr Ruth Greenaway and Ms Jessica Schmidt USC (A$10,000) 2015 and 2016 To renew the curriculum for developmental psychology using simulation and authentic assessment.
CommUniTI Dr Sharn Donnison, Dr Sorrel Edwards, Dr Ruth Greenaway, A/Prof Michael Christie, Mr Graham Young, Ms Rosemary Horn USC
2015 -   2016 To establish a community of practice that supports first year students transition into programs at USC Gympie.
My TED II Dr Ruth Greenaway and Dr Uwe Terton HEPPP (A$243,000) 2014 - 2015 To encourage primary school students to consider higher education opportunities.
My TED I    Dr Ruth Greenaway, Dr Uwe Terton, Dr Jackie Holt, Dr Anne Drabble and Stephen Boyd HEPPP (A$80,000) 2013 - 2014 To enhance aspirations of primary school aged children and their parents from low SES through an interactive e-book.  
Supporting Innovative Blended Learning Dr Ruth Greenaway, 
Dr Michele Verdonck, and Dr Ann Kennedy-Barr
2015 - 2016 To explore the experience of learning and teaching in a technology-enabled tiered lecture theatre.


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