RMIT University

Professor Andrea Chester


Deputy PVC, Learning and Teaching

School /
Work Unit

Design & Social Context Office

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 3150


Building: 101
Level: 10
Room: 005

City campus


College of Design and Social Context


Professor Andrea Chester is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and Interim Head of School at RMIT's School of Education.


Andrea is the Interim Head of the School of Education as well as the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching in the College of Design and Social Context (DSC). DSC is one of three academic colleges at RMIT consisting of seven schools and 25,000 students across a broad range of disciplines, with presence in Vietnam, Barcelona, Singapore and China. 

Andrea has more than 20 years experience in Higher Education, during which time she has received a number of awards including an ALTC citation, the RMIT award in the Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies and RMIT Supervisor of the Year.

Andrea is committed to the professional development of academics and teachers and has worked actively to embed reflective practice across the university through the Peer Partnerships program. She has also led the development of a student peer mentoring model in psychology, through the Transition In, Transition Out project.

Professional interests

Andrea is a member of the Australian Council of Deans of Education, the Victorian Council of Deans of Education, HERDSA, ISoTTL and the Australian Association for Research in Education.


  • BA Melb
  • Grad Dip Couns Psych RMIT
  • MA Melb
  • PhD Melb
  • MAPS


Andrea’s research and supervision is focused around two main themes: learning and teaching scholarship and online clinical interventions. She has led and collaborated on several OLT grants and has received more than $1,000,000 in funding, primarily in the area of learning and teaching. Her publications cover student peer mentoring, peer partnerships for staff, interteaching, inclusive teaching and e-learning.


Building Resilience:Developing a resilience toolkit, to assist in preparing built environment graduates for industry employability. Funded by Office for Learning and Teaching Seed Funding 2016-2017

Producing sustainability professionals: assessing graduate attributes in sustainability. Funded by Office for Learning and Teaching Seed Funding 2016-2017

WeLink: Networking students, staff, alumni and industry to enhance employability. Funded by RMIT Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2016

The global canopy: linking international inbound students with domestic outbound students for improved learning and global connections. Funded by Office for Learning and Teaching, Commissioned Project from 2015-2016

Developing a course handover tool to support new course coordinators. Funded by Office for Learning and Teaching Seed Funding from 2014-2015

Collaborative e-learning and m-learning in GP registrar education - a review and feasibility study. Funded by GPET, DoHA from 2013

Peer feedback: Professional development resources for systematic implementation of peer partnerships and peer review (PDF). Funded by RMIT Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2013

Professional development: A module for peer partnerships to embed sustainable learning about teaching (PDF). Funded by RMIT Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2012

Interteaching: Dissemination and evaluation across three Colleges (PDF). Funded by RMIT Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2012

Transition in, transition out (TiTo): Peer mentoring for sustainable development of first and third year psychology students. Funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council 2011-2012

Supervisor interests

Learning and teaching scholarship: peer observation of teaching, student peer mentoring, pedagogy, digital learning; online psychological interventions.


Pinto, R., Kienhuis, M., Slevison, M., Chester, A., Sloss, A., & Keong, Y. (2015). The effectiveness of an outpatient Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group program for a transdiagnostic population. Clinical Psychologist doi: 10.1111/cp.12057

Denny, B., Chester A., Brown, J., & Butler, B. (2015). Australian GP registrars’ use of e-resources. Education for Primary Care, 26, 79-86.

Chester, A., Kienhuis, M., & Wilson, P. (2015). Implementation of the inter-teaching model: Implications for staff. Innovations in Education & Teaching International, 52, 300-309. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2013.845536

Kienhuis, M., & Chester, A. (2014). Interteaching: a model to enhance student engagement. In M. Gosper & D. Ifenthaler (Eds.), Teaching models for the 21st Century. Using technologies in Higher Education. (pp. 135-153). New York: Springer.

Lauder, S.D., Chester, A., Castle, D., Dodd, S., Berk L., Klein, B …. & Berk, M. (2014). A randomised head to head trial of An internet based self-help program for bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders

Ryan, T., Chester, A., Reece, J., & Xenos, S. (2014). The uses and abuses of Facebook: A review of Facebook addiction. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 3, 133-148.

Shann, C., Martin, A., & Chester, A. (2014). Improving workplace mental health: A training needs analysis to inform beyondblue’s online resource for leaders. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 52, 298-315. doi: 10.1111/1744-7941.12032

White, K., Boehm, E., & Chester, A. (2014). Predicting academics’ willingness to participate in peer review of teaching: A quantitative investigation. Higher Education Research and Development, 33 (2), 372-385.doi: 10.1080/07294360.2013.832162.

Burton, L.J., Chester, A., Xenos, S., & Elgar, K. (2013). Peer mentoring to develop psychological literacy in first-year and graduating students. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 12 (2), 136-146. Doi. 10.2304/plat.2013.12.2.136

Chester, A., Burton, L.J., Xenos, S., & Elgar, K. (2013). Peer mentoring: Supporting successful transition for first year psychology students. Australian Journal of Psychology, 65, 30-37.

Chester, A., Burton, L., Xenos, S., Elgar, K., & Denny, B. (2013). Transition in, transition out: A sustainable model to engage first year students in learning. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education. 4 (2), 125-130.

Chester, A., Kienhuis, M., Pisani, H., & Shahwan-Akl, L., & White, K. (2013). Professionalism in student online social networking: The role of educators. E-learning in Digital Media, 10 (1), 30-39.

Chester, A., Clarke, A., Wingrove, D., & Denny, B. (2013). Talking about teaching: Empowering staff through peer partnerships. Paper presented at the Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education conference. Glasgow: UK. Retrieved from

Chester, A., Xenos, S., Burton, L., & Elgar, K. (2013). Empowering students in transition: Peer mentoring to support first year students. Paper presented at the Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education conference. Glasgow: UK. Retrieved from

Outhred, T., & Chester, A. (2013). Improving the international student experience in Australia through embedded peer mentoring. Mentoring & Tutoring, 21(3), 312–332. doi:10.1080/13611267.2013.851499

Telley, A., Chester, A., & Yap, K. (2013). The relationship between university integration and help seeking in first year university students. Paper presented at the Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education conference. Glasgow: UK. Retrieved from

White, K., Boehm, E., & Chester, A. (2013). Peer review of teaching. Higher Education Research and Development. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2013.832162.

Xenos, S., Chester, A., & Burton, L. (2013). Transition In Transition Out (TiTo): Using peer mentoring to assist graduating students transition beyond university. Proceedings of the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends 2013, Madrid, Spain.

View more outputs from this academic in the RMIT Research Repository