BiographyKatie Hughes' interest in transition education and high-engagement pedagogies has been in place through her career. She initially taught basic literacy, and Sociology for the Open University in the United Kingdom. After moving to Australia, she worked for a new university serving one of the most educationally disadvantaged areas of Melbourne. There she taught social sciences before becoming Associate Director of Learning and Teaching, Associate Professor (Socially Inclusive Education) and Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Social Inclusion). She is currently Associate Director of Learning, Teaching and Innovation at Monash College - a leader in transition education.
She has published a number of social science texts designed for first in family students at new universities: 'Australian Sociology: A Changing Society' is now in its fourth edition.
She is the President of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and a board member of the Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Associate Professor Hughes has published widely on the ways in which universities might better meet the needs of first in family students entering universities through developing both structures of support, and through the use of innovative face to face pedagogies which engage students in becoming collaborative learners capable of high levels of critical thinking.
She has provided strategic advice about the development of these practices, and taught staff to use them, at the University of Auckland, Victoria University, RMIT University, Edith Cowan University and the Australian Catholic University.
Current affairs, 'Scandinoir' detective fiction, travelling, Australian Rules football (watching not playing!), walking dogs and gardening.
Published: Sep 17, 2016 by International Journal for Academic Development
Authors: Dickson, K., Hughes, K. and Stephens, B.W
As professional development in Higher Education becomes increasingly outsourced, this article explores the perceptions of academic staff to this trend, and their experiences of one such international company.
Published: Sep 17, 2015 by Higher Education Research and Development
Authors: Hughes, K., Corcoran, T. & Slee, R
This article reports on the experiences of students with self-declared disabilities and chronic illnesses and their experiences of managing Higher Education.
Published: Sep 17, 2015 by International Journal of Inclusive Education
Authors: Hughes, K
Exploring the massification of Higher Education, this article discusses the ways in which widening participation has been approached by universities with different international ranking.
Published: Sep 17, 2014 by International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
Authors: Tangalakis, K, Hughes, K., Brown, C. & Dickson, K.
This article discusses the ways in which explicit pedagogies promote student success and staff satisfaction in science foundation subjects
Published: Sep 17, 2014 by Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice
Authors: Hughes, K. & Brown, C
This article examines a framework from the OECD designed to strengthen schools in disadvantaged areas, with disadvantaged students in order that they complete secondary schooling and proceed to tertiary education.
Published: Sep 17, 2016
This offers an example of a workshop where the pedagogies discussed in 'Encouraging Diversity in Higher Education' are modelled to academic staff.