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Professor Abby Cathcart

QUT Business School,
Management

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Name
Professor Abby Cathcart
Position(s)
Professor
QUT Business School,
Management
Discipline *
Business and Management
Phone
+61 7 3138 1010
Fax
+61 7 3138 1313
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Leicester), MSc Strategy Resource Management (Northumbria Uni / Uni of Northumbria at Newcastle), Postgrad Cert Academic Practice (Northumbria Uni / Uni of Northumbria at Newcastle), BA (Hons) Business Management (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Higher Education Learning and Teaching, Australian National University
  • Member, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ).
  • Member, Industrial Relations Society of Queensland (IRSQ).
  • Member, Australian Institute of Management.
  • Member of Society for Research into Higher Education
Keywords

Employee Voice, Organisational Democracy, Employee Silence, John Lewis Partnership, Feedforward, Evaluation, Moderation, Customised Work

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Background Dr Abby Cathcart has worked at QUT since 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. She previously worked at at Sunderland University Business School in the United Kingdom. She completed her PhD at Leicester University Management Centre (UK) in the field of organisational democracy and employee involvement. Her research on the John Lewis Partnership has received international attention.   Dr Cathcart lectures in Management and in 2014 received the inaugural David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Medal. Dr Cathcart has received three national Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards – an Award for Excellence in the priority area of teaching large classes, a national Citation for her work in Assessment and Feedback and a Program Award for the Teaching Advantage Program.

Her work with Dr Larry Neale on improving marking and feedback in large teaching teams won first place in the Society for Marketing Advances Innovations in Teaching Awards (2010).   In 2012 Dr Cathcart was seconded to the Learning and Teaching Unit as Associate Director Academic REFRAME Evaluation Support. As part of this project she developed institutional capacity in using a wide range of evaluation tools including Instant Response, Peer Review, and reflective practice. Her current pedagogical focus is on developing teaching practice and career readiness in Higher Degree Research Students.

Dr Cathcart is Head of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching, facilitating professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy for QUT staff members. Dr Cathcart co-leads the national award winning  Teaching Advantage Program for doctoral students who want to build academic careers. In 2013-14 Dr Cathcart completed a Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on an ARC Discovery project focused on Customising Work Arrangements. The project built on her previous work on employee voice and silence. Key Research interests

  • Organisational democracy, Employee participation, involvement and voice
  • Employee Silence in relation to Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Early Career Academic Staff and pathways for doctoral candidiates seeking an academic career
  • Audience Response Systems (clickers)
  • Evaluation and Peer Review of teaching
This information has been contributed by Professor Abby Cathcart.

Teaching

Teaching interests

  • First Year Experience
  • Large Classes
  • Feedback & Assessment
  • Student Response Systems (clickers)
  • Peer Review of Teaching
  • Early Career Academics

Teaching Awards

  • International Educational Association of Australia (IEAA) Best Practice Award (Teaching Advantage) (2015)
  • Australian Award for University Teaching Award for Programmes that enhance learning. Teaching Advantage Program (2015)
  • The David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Medal (2014)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (team award) (2014)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (individual award) (2014)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award for Learning and Teaching (team award) (2013)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award for Learning and Teaching (team award) (2012)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2011)
  • Australian Learning & Teaching Council Award for University Teaching (priority area Large Classes) (2011)
  • Australia Learning & Teaching Council Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning (2011)
  • Cengage-Pride-Ferrell Innovation in Teaching Award, Society for Marketing Advances (joint with Dr Larry Neale) (2010)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award for Learning and Teaching (team award) (2009)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award for Learning and Teaching (leadership) (2009)
This information has been contributed by Professor Abby Cathcart.

Experience

Current Projects

  • Undertaking research into customized work arrangements at a range of Australian companies including organisations in the not-for-profit sector, the financial services sector, and the Australian Defence Force

Previous Projects

  • Extensive research into employee voice systems and structures at the John Lewis Partnership, UK
This information has been contributed by Professor Abby Cathcart.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) - Program Excellence Award: Teaching Advantage
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
IEAA Award for Best Practice in International Education: Teaching Advantage Program
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
QUT David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence: Learning and Teaching
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence: Learning and Teaching
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
Cengage-Pride Ferrell Innovations in Teaching Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT) - Teaching Excellence Award, Priority Area: teaching large classes
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award (Learning and Teaching)