Personal details

Name
Professor Jillian Hamilton
Position(s)
Director - Research, Innovation, and Impact, LTU
Office of the Provost,
Learning & Teaching Unit,
Office of the DVC (Learning & Teaching)
Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
Discipline *
Specialist Studies in Education, Design Practice and Management, Education Systems
Phone
+61 7 3138 7548
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Western Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations

Principal Fellow: Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) (PFHEA)

Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT)

Registered Expert: Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority (TEQSA).

Keywords

Higher Education Leadership, Higher Education Academic Development, Sessional staff, Postgraduate supervision, Interaction design, Student Success

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

Biography

Professor Jillian Hamilton is Director – Research, Innovation, and Impact, LTU, Chancellery, QUT. She currently leads the advancement of high-quality Higher Education research and strategic innovation in learning and teaching practice at QUT. This includes building capacity and networks for research, and promoting and supporting an evidence-based approach to learning and teaching innovation in strategic priority areas.

Previously, she led professional academic development for early career academics, sessional staff and professional staff who support student learning. She was Course Coordinator: Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, with a focus on engaging students in learning and authentic assessment, supporting student success, academic leadership, and scholarship of learning and teaching. She also led the multi-national award winning Sessional Academic Success program, with Sessional Academic Success Advisors located in sixteen schools.

As QUT’s Director: Student Success and Retention, her portfolio included the Student Success Program; Monitoring Student Learning Engagement; First Year Experience and Retention; and Peer Programs Strategy.

Prior to her strategic leadership in the Learning and Teaching Unit, Jillian was an academic in Creative Industries for over a decade. She was Discipline Leader of Art and Design (Interactive and Visual Design, Visual Arts, Animation and Creative Advertising), and taught interaction design, visual communication theory and practice, digital media theory, and professional practice for design.

Jillian is a Registered Expert for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority (TEQSA) and a course reviewer, quality assurer, and external examiner for art and design courses in Australian and International universities. She supervises higher research degree candidates (at PhD level) in various fields of digital media including technology for education, inter-media art, experimental and interactive film, digital story-telling, visual communication, interface and interaction design, digital media applications for learning in higher education, and digital marketing communication for universities. She has 8 PhD completions to date, and is a regular PhD examiner.

A Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), Jillian has been recognised by several national awards, including an Australian Award for University Teaching: Program Award (2017); an Australian Award for University Teaching: Teaching Excellence (Arts and Humanities) (2013); an AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2013); and Award for Institutional Excellence and Overall Winner of the National Leadership Summit: Benchmarking Leadership for Sessional Teaching (2013). She has been recognised by institutional awards as an individual and as part of a team (Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Award for Institutional Advancement in Learning and Teaching (QUT) and Award for Excellence in Teaching (UQ), a Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching and Commendation for Postgraduate Supervision). She was a QUT Teaching Fellow.

Jillian’s most recent research focuses on Academic Leadership, academic development, student success, digital learning, and HDR supervision. She is co-convenor of the 2019 Learning Leaders in Higher Education Conference and is leading a Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching grant on Advancing Academic Development.

She led an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Strategic Priority Commissioned Good Practice Report: Postgraduate Research and Coursework Degrees in 2015, and in 2013 led an OLT Teaching Leadership for Excellence Grant: Building Distributed Leadership for Effective Supervision of Creative Practice Higher Research Degrees (LE12-2264), with project partners University of Melbourne; AUT University Auckland; University of Western Sydney and COFA, University of NSW. And she has been a project team member of national projects on student mobility, student success and recognition.

She previously published in the fields of interaction design, embodied media and media arts and has conducted practice-led research on the convergence of mobile technologies; geo-positioning and 3D mapping to support located online social collaboration, as well as digital applications for learning.

This information has been contributed by Professor Jillian Hamilton.

Teaching

Teaching Awards
2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching: Program Award  For the Sessional Success Program: a powerful holistic approach to sessional academic staff development, support and belonging: with unprecedented increases in sessional teachers’ ‘engagement’ and ‘passion’ and ‘teaching quality’ that profoundly influence students’ learning experience, engagement, and success. 
2015 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: Team Award For Sessional Career Advancement and Development
2013    Australian Award for University Teaching: Teaching Excellence: Arts and Humanities For Teaching excellence across multiple spheres, including:

  • Integrating theory and practice in ways that engage students, deepen their learning, and prepare them for rapidly changing creative professions.
  • Learning and teaching innovation, leadership, and commitment to enabling success for students.
  • As Discipline Leader of Art and Design at QUT, revitalising course curriculum to align it with student ambitions and increasing industry expectations of a theory-practice nexus.
  • Inspiring the next generation of academics through a theory-practice approach to learning and teaching capacity-building programs and sector-leading approach to sessional academic support.

2013    Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation For outstanding contributions to student learning and sustained development of innovative approaches to academic development and comprehensive support frameworks for sessional tutors to ensure the best possible learning environment for students.

2013    Award for Institutional Excellence and Overall Winner: National Leadership Summit: Benchmarking Leadership for Sessional Teaching For programs dedicated to sessional staff learning and teaching, support and sustainability, sessional career advancement development and progression: Sessional Academic Program
and Sessional Academic Success program.

2011    Dean’s Award for Postgraduate Supervision (Commendation), Creative Industries For Leadership in establishing a supportive higher degree by research culture.

2007    QUT Teaching Fellow: Scheme A (Highest Level) For enhancing the transition from school to university in the Creative Industries through the co-development of an integrated foundation year curriculum and enhancing the transition of postgraduates into academia via sessional teaching roles in the first year program.

2005       QUT Award for Institutional Advancement in Learning and Teaching: Teaching Large, First Year Classes:  For Interfaculty team award for ‘Intertwining professional skills, technical skills and graduate capabilities to help first year students plug into an IT career.’
2005        Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, QUT Early Career Category In recognition of sustained excellence in teaching and outstanding teaching practice: Developing comprehensive support frameworks for tutors to ensure the best possible learning environment for students and innovative approaches to curriculum design for multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary cohorts.
 2005        Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT For innovative approaches to curriculum design for multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary cohorts.
1996        Award for Excellence in Teaching Using Multimedia, The University of Queensland For Teaching and Learning Committee Award for online educational innovation

This information has been contributed by Professor Jillian Hamilton.

Experience

Jillian is a course reviewer and external examiner for art and design courses in Australian and International universities.

This information has been contributed by Professor Jillian Hamilton.

Publications


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

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Design and architecture practice research: contemporary PhD (DAP_r)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
ID15-4972
Start year
2015
Keywords
Practice Based Research; Embedded Industry Research; Studio Pedagogy; Design; Architecture; PhD Training; Higher degree; SME; Small to Medium Enterprise
Title
Good Practice Report: Postgraduate Research and Coursework Degrees
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
SP13-3265
Start year
2013
Keywords
Postgraduate; courses; PhD; Report; HDR
Title
Building distributed leadership for effective supervision of creative practice higher research degrees
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
OLT LE12-2264
Start year
2012
Keywords

Supervision