Kathryn Sutherland

KathrynSutherland.jpg Dr Kathryn Sutherland, Senior Lecturer

Academic staff development and support
Phone: 463 5795
Email: Kathryn.Sutherland@vuw.ac.nz
Room: WR10 106


Kathryn spent eleven years in Victoria's University Teaching Development Centre (UTDC) before being seconded to the role of Associate Dean in FHSS. At the UTDC she worked mainly with early career academics, supporting them with establishing their academic careers and developing their teaching and research. She coordinated the Orientation to Academic Life programme and the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching (PGCertHELT a qualification in teaching for academic staff). Kathryn's research focuses on the experiences of and support for early career academic staff, and she has received several awards for both her research and teaching.

Recent Grants and Awards

  • 2014: Travel Grant from Ako Aotearoa (NZ), Faculty Bargaining Services (Canada), Australian Higher Education Industrial Association to speak at the "In Pursuit of Institutional Success and Sustainability: Directions for Our Academic Workforce" Conference in Vancouver, Canada, 20-23 October 2014 ($2,600).
  • 2011: Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund Research Grant ($122,244)
  • 2010: HERDSA Conference Creative Presentation Award (with Linda Bowden)
  • 2010: University Research Fund Grant ($17,000)
  • 2010: Ako Aotearoa Central Hub Research Grant ($2471)
  • 2009: Article of the year for 2009 (in the Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning journal)
  • 2009: HERDSA Conference Creative Presentation Award (with Nick Hopwood)
  • 2008: Ako Aotearoa Central Hub Research Grant ($10,000)
  • 2007: Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award (Victoria University of Wellington)

Some Recent Publications

Sutherland, K. (2016). Turning 20: learning from academic development’s past as we look to the future. International Journal for Academic Development, 20(2), 91-93.

Sutherland, K. & Grant, B. (2016). Researching academic development. Chapter 12, pp. 187-206 in Advancing practice in academic development, edited by David Baume and Celia Popovic. London and New York: Routledge.

Sutherland, K. (2015). Language. A poem published in Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, 3(2), 109-110.

Sutherland, K. (2015). Constructions of success in academia: an early career perspective. Studies in Higher Education. • Sutherland, K. (2015). Precarious but connected: the roles and identities of academic developers. Editorial. International Journal for Academic Development, 20 (3), 209-211:

Sutherland, K. & Holmes, T. (2015). Deconstructive misalignment: Reflections on method and theory in academic development. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning/La revue canadienne sur l'avancement des connaissances en enseignement et en apprentissage, 6(2), Article 11.

Sutherland, K. (2015). ‘Academia is losing its appeal’ and ‘On the success treadmill’. Two poems in the anthology, Teaching as a human experience: An anthology of contemporary poems. Eds, K. Head and P. Blessinger. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Sutherland, K. (2014). Academic developers as partners in change, scholarship, and reflection. Editorial. International Journal for Academic Development, 19 (3), 159-161.

Sutherland, K., Wilson, M. & Williams, P. (2013). Success in Academia? The experiences of early career academics in New Zealand. Wellington: Ako Aotearoa.

Sutherland, K. & Gilbert, A. (2013). Academic aspirations amongst sessional tutors in a New Zealand University. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 10 (3), 1-11.

Sutherland, K. (2013). The importance of critical reflection in and on academic development. International Journal for Academic Development, 18 (2), 111-113.

Sutherland, K. & Willis, D. (2013). A relational and holistic approach to the changing academic environment: A faculty-based academic development programme for early career academics. pp. 39-42 in (ed.) R. Macdonald, Supporting Educational Change: SEDA Special 33. London: SEDA.

Hall, M. & Sutherland, K. (2013). Students who teach: Developing scholarly tutors. pp. 82-93. In Effective part-time teachers in contemporary universities: new approaches to professional development. Eds. F. Beaton and A. Gilbert. Oxon: Routledge.

Sutherland, K., Taylor, K. (2011). The development of identity, agency and community in the early stages of the academic career. International Journal for Academic Development 16 (3), 183-186.

Sutherland, K.A. (2011). Retaining early career academic staff. Capacity, 13, 2-3.

Sutherland, K (2010). Supporting scholarly tutors to conduct effective tutorials. pp. 65-74. In An Academic Life. (Eds.). R H Cantwell & J J Sevack. Camberwell, Australia: ACER Press.

Ahn, M, Sutherland, K, Bednarek, R (2010). Negotiating, power and strategic competition: A teaching case. Education and Training, 52 (4), 321-339.

Sutherland, K & Petersen, L (2010). The Success and Impact of Early Career Academics in Two New Zealand Tertiary Institutions. Wellington: Ako Aotearoa.

Lublin, J & Sutherland, K (2009). Conducting Tutorials. 2nd ed. Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. ISSN 1445-6273.

Hopwood, N & Sutherland, K (2009). Relationships and agency in doctoral and early career academic experience. Research and Development in Higher Education, Volume 32: The Student Experience. Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia: ***HERDSA 2009 Award winning conference presentation***

Sutherland, K (2009). Nurturing undergraduate tutors' role in the university teaching community. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 17(2), 147-164: URL: ***2009 Article of the Year***

Schott, C and Sutherland, K (2008). Engaging Tourism Students through multi-media teaching and active learning. Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, 8 (4), 351-371.

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