Mrs Vivien McComb

Mrs Vivien McComb

Senior Academic Developer

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Career Summary

Biography

I am the Senior Academic Developer working in academic development at the university. This is a role that provides professional development services and programs to academic staff across all five faculties and centres at the university. This role entails consulting with academic teaching staff on curriculum and assessment design at the course and program level for face-to-face, blended and online learning.

I also design and implement professional development certificate programs for new, current and sessional teaching academics. I am the lead on the development and delivery of the Fundamentals in University Teaching certificate tailored for all new sessional academic staff across the university. Individual academic teacher mentoring and support is also a key part of this role.

I advise project teams in national teaching and learning projects and academics in the scholarship of teaching and learning. I also provide advice to academic staff on the development of teaching award applications and have been on teaching award application panels at the faculty and university level.

My role also allows me to work with students to gather feedback through focus groups, surveys and classroom observations to seek their input into the improvement and design of curriculum. This provides me with a full picture perspective of the teaching and learning process in the university context, and strengthens my approach and advice on curriculum design to ultimately enhance student academic achievement.

I am currently undertaking work on a university-level project to adopt a universal design framework in our curriculum design to improve and enhance academic outcomes for students with disability or medical condition.

Teaching Expertise

I have been an educator for over 20 years and have taught in the higher and secondary education context.

Higher Education

I have been the course coordinator for a number of years and have developed curriculum, taught and administered courses in all modes of delivery – face-to-face, blended and fully online. I have taught extensively, for almost fifteen years, in more than twelve courses in undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs at the University of Newcastle. These courses have been in the areas of: Educational Psychology, Educational Sociology, Teacher Preparation and Professional Practice, and the final year Teacher Research Project for the Bachelor of Teaching; and in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development for the Bachelor of Business.

I have also taught into postgraduate education and business programs in the School and Community Partnerships, Boys and Literacies and School Organisation and Structural Issues in Educating Boys courses in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and the Master of Educational Studies programs; and I have also provided academic support in assessment for more than eight undergraduate and postgraduate education and business courses.

I provided one-on-one academic tuition, for a number of years to international postgraduate university students who were completing research degrees through the Newcastle Business School and the School of Education - BUSN4300: Research Thesis; EDUC6027: Minor Thesis B 

Secondary Education

I am currently a NESA accredited proficient teacher with the NSW Department of Education. My teaching specialisations are in the English, History, Human Society and Its Environment and Drama disciplines in the secondary school context. 

Research Expertise

I have extensive research experience and have been the project manager on a number of university research projects across a variety of disciplines including education, special and inclusive education, business, psycho-oncology and higher education. I have specialist skills in qualitative research processes.

I am currently a PhD candidate with the School of Education undertaking research focusing on the professional development of academic teaching staff in higher education.


Qualifications

  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Diploma of Management, Forsythes IT Training Pty Ltd - NSW - RTO

Keywords

  • Academic Development
  • Professional Development
  • Online and Blended Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Development
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Higher Education
  • Educational and Instructional Design

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130103 Higher Education 30
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators 40
170103 Educational Psychology 30

Awards

Scholarship

Year Award
2005 Australian Research Council Postgraduate Award
ARC (Australian Research Council)
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 McComb VR, Eather N, 'Exploring the Personal, Social and Occupational Elements of Teacher Professional Development', Journal of Education and Training Studies, 5 60-66 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.11114/jets.v5i12.2794
Co-authors Narelle Eather
2013 Dean A, Cowley K, McComb V, 'Developing foundational generic skills in first year business students: Confirmations and contradictions', International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 20 1-17 (2013) [C1]

One of the key issues surrounding graduate attributes and their foundational generic skills is that of how to effectively embed them into university curricula. This study reinforc... [more]

One of the key issues surrounding graduate attributes and their foundational generic skills is that of how to effectively embed them into university curricula. This study reinforces and extends the discourse, evaluating specific learning interventions concerned with information literacy and academic integrity embedded into the curriculum of a first year marketing course in a business school. Foundational marketing was selected as an appropriate course in which to embed these particular skills due to their importance to students' academic and later marketing careers. Pre- and posttest methodology was used in the study to identify students' views on their own generic skills' development. Changes to student self-reported skills development are validated using cross check questions. The overall findings of the study confirm the literature reporting successful outcomes of embedding generic skills into course curricula, however some interesting contradictions particularly in the area of referencing skills and student recognition of plagiarism are found. © Common Ground.

Co-authors Alison Dean, Kym Cowley

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Cooper SA, Lindsay KA, McComb VR, 'Supporting good first year course design: The FY PATI', The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, Wellington, New Zealand (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Sharon Cooper, Katherine Lindsay
2011 Lambert S, Girgis A, Turner J, Kayser K, McComb VR, Chambers S, et al., 'Use of the coping-together workbook by couples facing cancer: Insights into preferences for and barriers to self-directed learning', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology: COSA 38th Annual Scientific Meeting Poster Abstracts, Perth, WA (2011) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1743-7563.2011.01472.x
2011 Lambert SD, Girgis A, Turner J, Kayser K, McComb VR, Chambers S, et al., 'Preliminary findings of a qualitative evaluation of a coping skills intervention for couples facing cancer: Insights into preferences for self-directed learning', Psycho-Oncology, Antalya, Turkey (2011) [E3]
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Mrs Vivien McComb

Position

Senior Academic Developer
Academic Development
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email vivien.mccomb@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 4921 5032

Office

Room SC2.12
Building Student Services Centre
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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