Prof. Kathryn Sutherland


Kathryn Sutherland is Associate Professor in the Centre for Academic Development at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She also served six years as Associate Dean (Students, and Learning & Teaching) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, so has a wide understanding of the challenges facing both staff and students in twenty first century universities. Her research and practice has three main areas of focus: the experiences of early career academics; holistic academic development; and working in partnership with students to improve teaching and learning. Her latest book, Early Career Academics in New Zealand: Challenges and Prospects in Comparative Perspective was published by Springer in 2018. Kathryn served as co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development for 10 years, and is an award-winning teacher and researcher. In 2018, she was just the sixth New Zealander to become a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and, in 2019, she received the inaugural Distinguished Contribution to the Scholarship of Educational Development award for her article ‘Holistic Academic Development: Is it time to think more broadly about the academic development project?’. Kathryn also enjoys running, and has managed to run (slowly) at least one half-marathon race per year since 2001.

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