Janet Turley - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Janet Turley

MA (Research) (Information and Library Studies) Lough., BA (Hons) (Medieval and Modern History) Birm.

  • Associate Lecturer, Communication
+61 7 5456 5897
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Sunshine Coast
Janet Turley

Janet has been an educator and librarian for over twenty years in a range of tertiary, corporate and public organisations. Janet is currently an Associate Lecturer in communication, and part of a large foundational first year communication and skills course that is mandatory for all first year students to complete.

Her research interests include learning and teaching strategies that take a whole of the University approach, holistic student skill development and first year retention and transition to University.


  • Citation Award, 2017, Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). Awarded to Janet as part of the COR109 team in recognition 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.
  • Citation Award, 2012, Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) awarded to Janet and Johanna Einfalt for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning ‘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.’ 

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

Teaching areas

  • Communication
  • Information Literacy in the Field of Business

Janet Turley’s specialist areas of knowledge include, student retention, engagement and transitions and the second-year student experience.

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