Professor of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
I received my combined BA/BEd (specialising in History and English) from the Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, Germany in 1990, my master’s degree in Adult Education and Curriculum Theory from Brock University in Southern Ontario in 1993 and a doctorate (PhD) in Higher Education from the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (OISE/UT), Canada, in 1997. The same year I accepted my first tenure-track academic appointment in Adult and Higher Education at the University of Alberta (Department of Educational Policy Studies), in Edmonton, Canada, where I obtained tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2001.
Prior to my appointment with the University of Alberta, and while pursuing doctoral studies at OISE/UT, I was a lecturer at Brock University teaching courses in adult education and research methodology. I have been Professor at the University of Edinburgh since January 2005. From 2005-2010 I directed the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, located in the former Department of Higher and Community Education. Since 2012 I am the Director of the Higher Education Research Group (HERG). My academic interests focus on adult and higher education, perspectives on professionalism and professional practices, and, increasingly, the application of social philosophy to education.
I am happy to supervise postgraduate students in the following areas: