Ms Rosemary Chang


Project Manager

School /
Work Unit

Design & Social Context Office

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 3957


Building: 101
Level: 07
Room: 010

City campus


College of Design and Social Context



Rosemary Chang is an academic developer, educator and education researcher located in RMIT's College of Design and Social Context. Her expertise includes developmental approaches to building staff capability, and contemplative education.

I am an academic developer in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University. I am responsible for leading scholarship of learning and teaching initiatives (also known as #SoTL or #SoLT) in the College. In practical terms, I work to strengthen staff scholarly approaches to their teaching practice and student learning. I design, communicate and facilitate SoLT initiatives for teams and individuals in the College; I measure these; and I advise senior L&T leaders on SoLT-related strategy, policy and procedures.

I hold over sixteen years' experience in academic development and education research in higher education and vocational education. During this time (together with Associate Professor Alex Mazzolini and Dr Llewellyn Mann) my work has been nationally awarded by the former Office of Learning & Teaching.

I am responsible for:

  • Leading the Scholarship of Learning & Teaching project in the DSC Academic Development Group. This project is designed to deepen the DSC ADG team's scholarly culture by enhancing members' reflections and engagement in relation to scholarly practice, and by systematically strengthening members' knowledge and skills in relation to academic practice. I achieve this through a suite of structured, developmental activities informed by relevant theoretical frameworks. Activities are geared towards meeting members' developmental, research and publication goals, and include: regular community meetings and a Google+ community; a forum to share key project presentations (phd milestones and conference papers); writing spaces, Shut Up & Write (#sauw) sessions, writing workshops, and twice-annual writing retreats; and tailored support for individual activities such as ethics applications, and conference and journal papers.
  • Leading activities for rewarding teaching excellence across DSC College through a scholarly lens, and representing DSC in institutional conversations for the renewal of teaching award processes
  • Supporting academic development activities for education research grants through initiatives such as the L&T grant bootcamp (in partnership with Mr Jonathan O'Donnell from the Research Office) and just-in-time consultations

At RMIT University, I have previously held roles including: senior advisor, L&T; team leader for five academic developers in science, engineering and technology disciplines; and project manager and researcher for the "Beyond Blackboard" digital learning project.

I returned to RMIT University in 2013 and have held academic development and education research roles at The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University, Monash University and (former) Ballarat University. I have experience in: academic development for lecturers and vocational education teachers, digital learning, scholarship of L&T, research education, curriculum renewal, discipline signature pedagogies, and contemplative education.

Previous projects include:

  • Leadership team, Engineering & Science Research (ESER) group, Swinburne University
  • Project manager and researcher for ALTC project, "Educating the Net Generation", The University of Melbourne
  • Project lead, "Investigation into Coursework Postgraduate students' experiences of Financial Barriers at the University of Melbourne" and "Postgraduate Coursework Fee-Paying and Quality Control and the University at Melbourne", The University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association

I am earning my PhD at Monash University. My PhD research explores experiences of strong emotions in the creative writing process through the lens of mindfulness. My interests draw on influences from the contemporary mindfulness movement and Mahayana traditions of mindfulness. My project has connections with contemplative curriculum and mindfulness in the curriculum.


  • PhD candidate (Monash University) - current
  • Master of Education (Tertiary Education) (University of Ballarat)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Tertiary Education) (University of Ballarat)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Monash University)
  • Certificate IV, Workplace Assessment & Training (RMIT University)
  • Certificate IV, Professional Writing & Editing (Holmesglen Institute of TAFE)

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