Dr Kath Lynch

Position

Senior Coordinator, Learning & Teaching

School /
Work Unit

Office of the PVC SEH

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 2663

kath.lynch@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 088
Level: 08
Room: 014-61

City campus

College/Portfolio

Science, Engineering and Health

Kath Lynch

Qualifications

  • PhD: Australian Universities' Preparation and Support for Fly-in Fly-out Academics
  • MEd: The Academic Adjustment of Japanese Students to Western Learning Environments
  • Grad Dip Ed: Major in Adult Education Principles, Policy and Practice and Cross Cultural Communication Competencies
  • Grad Dip Ed: Major in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Further Adult and Community Education
  • BEd: Major in Language Acquisition Skills and Educational Methodology
  • Dip Ed Teaching

Key activities

Staff

  • Mentoring programs for academics
  • Curriculum and assessment design
  • Small and large class teaching practices
  • Induction and training programs for sessional staff
  • Academic professional development for international and transnational teaching

Students

  • Student transition programs
  • Student academic study skills seminars
  • International student academic advisement

Teaching

  • Course Co-ordinator and Curriculum Designer: CS192 Professional Development 1C
  • English as a Second and Foreign Language
  • International Education Language Testing System programs
  • Co-lecturer of academic skills into courses:
    • Computer Theory: Skills for Writing Scientific Essays
    • Research Methods: Skills for Managing Research Deadlines
    • Introduction to IT: Oral Presentation and Report Writing Skills
    • Introduction to IT: Team Work and Project Management Skills
    • Computer Ethics, Law and Marketing: Team Project Strategy Skills

Research interests

  • The current research project is investigating the preparation of academics teaching in Australian university transnational programs by exploring their readiness to manage academic and non-academic issues prior to departure, offshore and upon returning home.
  • Action research projects investigating ‘optimum modes’ of academic professional development, specifically in the fields of inclusive teaching practice working with international and diverse student cohorts.
  • Academic transition of international students to western learning environments and non-English speaking background students’ transition to Australian higher education institutions

Publications, conference papers, training manuals, tenders and educational grants

IELTS textbook

Contributor/ Special Editor: IELTS Passport to Success

Conference papers

  • College of DSC – Graduate Research Conferences
  • Co-Editor ‘8th ISANA International Conference Proceedings
  • ANZCIES Victorian Conference – Culture and Pedagogy in Offshore Teaching
  • ISANA National Conference (Paper and Workshop): Academic Boundary Setting
  • ANZCIES National Conference – Academics Preparation Teaching in TNE Program
  • ARNISI Vic Trans-Cultural Psychiatry Unit; Culture, Race and Community Seminar

Seminars and training manuals

  • Academic Advisors Manual
  • Sessional Teachers’ Manual
  • IELTS Staff Training Seminars
  • International Student Handbook
  • ESOS Staff Development Training Seminars
  • African Virtual University Facilitators Manual
  • RMIT Vietnam CS and IT Facilitators Manuals
  • Guide for Recruiting and Supporting Sessional Staff
  • Managing Cultural Diversity in Research Supervision
  • Student Study Skills booklets: ‘Exam Preparation Guidelines’, ‘Culture Clash Clues’

Tenders and education grants (in collaboration)

  • Japanese Business English Short Program – La Trobe University
  • Peoples Republic of China Teacher Exchange – Curtin University
  • Vietnamese Interim Pre-departure Program – University of Melbourne
  • Nepali Technical and Vocational Fellowships – University of Melbourne
  • Indonesian Technical and Vocational Fellowships – University of Melbourne
  • Lao Teachers Professional Development Program – University of Melbourne

Former and current professional bodies, affiliations and registrations

  • QIG – RMIT Qualitative Interest Group
  • IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge Certificate Examiner
  • IEAA – International Education Association of Australia
  • RICE – RMIT International and Comparative Education
  • MMRN – RMIT Migration and Mobility Research Network
  • IEAA – International Education Association of Australia
  • ATEM – Association for Tertiary Education Management
  • ANZSSA – Aust and New Zealand Student Services Association
  • ANZCIES – Aust and NZ Comparative and International Education Society
  • ISANA – International Student Advisors Network of Aust. and New Zealand
  • Western Australian State Primary and Secondary School Teaching Board