AALL Professional Development Committee 2024

Meet the PD Committee

Steve Campitelli (University of Melbourne) – PDC chair, returning

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Steve has been involved in education since 1988, first as a Primary Teacher then as an English Language teacher working in Japan for 6 years. He moved into the University sector spending 15 years at RMIT as an academic English teacher and curriculum and assessment manager, before moving to UniMelb in 2010, where he has been since, as an Academic Skills Adviser and Learning Strategist. His teaching interests lie in language and assessment.

Alice Lee (Australian Catholic University), returning

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Alice is a Team Coordinator in Australian Catholic University’s Academic Skills Unit. She has 33 years of experience in the education sector developing learning resources, teaching English and cultural studies, and working as an Academic Skills Advisor. Before arriving in Australia, she worked in Japan and the USA. Her professional areas of interests include online learning/resource design, edutech, learner autonomy and feedback literacy.

Alexandra Garcia (University of Sydney), new committee member

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Alexandra is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney leading the Learning Hub – Academic Language and Learning. The Learning Hub provides support in the areas of academic language and learning to UG, PG and HDR students. In addition to research in the field of academic support for tertiary students, she also investigates language and ideology from the perspective of Systemic Functional Linguistics and Corpus Linguistics.

Dr Huifang Li (University of New England), new PD committee member for 2024

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Huifang is a lecturer in academic skills, University of New England (Armidale, Australia). She has held various teaching positions in universities in Australia and China: Academic literacy, applied linguistics, TESOL and Chinese. Her research interests include classroom interaction, task-based language teaching and learning, and academic writing.

Sue Gollagher (James Cook University), new PD committee member for 2024

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Sue has been an academic language and literacy educator in universities in Australia and overseas since the early 1990s. Besides her specific interest in collaborating with academics to design, deliver and manage adjunct and embedded discipline-specific support programs, she is a teacher trainer with 20 years’ experience supporting ELICOS academic language teachers on DELTA and university lecturers on CLIL and HEA Fellowship programs. She hopes to use this experience to contribute to the professional development of ALL practitioners.

2024 Connect Inspire Share sessions

As a committee, we are looking to your support for PD this year and the best way you can do that is to come along to our Connect Inspire Share (CIS) sessions.

As a response to survey feedback from you last year, we have decided to enact the following changes:

  • 1 hour sessions: feedback suggested a more concise, tighter session would be preferred, with a focus on the presentation then Q&A
  • Lunchtime 1-2pm sessions: a move to an earlier time was a clear message, we hope this suits
  • Fixed Wednesday sessions: we reasoned that a standard timeslot and day may help with what to expect regarding timing.

We look forward to seeing you all and friends of AALL members at our sessions this year. We have 6 sessions currently planned for these dates, all at 1-2pm:

  • 13th March
  • 24th April
  • 29th May
  • 21st August
  • 9th October
  • 4th December