The University of Newcastle, Australia

Research Associate joins CEEHE

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sally Baker will be joining the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education as a Research Associate from June 1.

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In the role of Research Associate, Sally will be working with Professor Penny Jane Burke and Professor Geoff Whitty to document and explain the Equity and Excellence agenda and experience at the University of Newcastle.

For the past couple of years Sally has been working as an English Language support teacher in Open Foundation and as a ESOL teacher at TAFE. 

Sally completed her PhD with The Open University in the UK, which explored the reading and writing experiences of a group of students 'in transition' as they moved from A-levels (HSC equivalent) into undergraduate study.

Sally's PhD had a strong equity focus working with and against the notation of a 'deficit discourse' of students' writing which positions students as responsible for 'problems' with their writing. 

Sally has a particular interest in exploring students' pathways into, and transitions through, enabling and undergraduate students that have a Humanitarian Entrant background. She focusses specifically on language and cultural pathways based on a stocktake of the academic language and literacies provision and support in the Australian enabling sector. 

We look forward to welcoming Sally to the team.

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