In the School of Education, University of Limerick I have made a significant contribution to excellence in teaching and scholarship at the University of Limerick. I have leadership (Module Leader) of a number of modules, including EN7013 Policy Studies, a core policy module in the structured PhD in Education.
- 2015 Coarse Board Structured PhD in Education,
I have nowÂ taken on the role of Course Director of the Structured PhD in Education, starting in January 2015.Â This will involve ensuring the progression of sPhD students, the new applications, organising the taught modules, liaison with the external examiner, post-graduate office and student academic administration. I have responsibility for assuring academic regualtions are adhered to and that module grades are inputted. I will work with the Course Board, the supervisorsÂ and the ADR to ensure the overall success of the programme.
- 2012 Teaching Council Working Group on School Placement,
I was a member of theÂ working group with responsibility for drawing up national policy guidelines in relation to school placement, Teaching CouncilÂ Guidelines for School Placement 2013. I served as an elected representative of the post-primary higher education institutes (HEIs), of which there were 19 HEIs at the time.
- 2006 Course Board for Master's in Educational Mentoring,
I have acted as Course Director for the Master's in Educational Mentoring Â at the Department of Education and Professional Studies from 2006 to date. In that time we have submitted 46 master's studies, 145 Graduate Diploma studies, 145 Graduate Certificate studies. These studies have been completed by teachers, school principals and tutors from primary, secondary and higher education. The pathway of accreditation has been funded and supported in a variety of ways by the Department of Education and Skills, through a start-up grant in the early years and nowadays through the Fee Refund Scheme.
- 2004 Academic Coordination of Teaching Practice and Mentoring, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
I served as Academic Coordinator of Teaching Practice and Mentoring, Department of Education and Professional Studies, University of Limerick fromÂ 2004 to 2014. This involved monthly management meetings with my Head of Department and Co-Operative Education, monthly meetings with Course Directors for all Initial Teacher Education programmes on campus, continuing professional development and induction of all tutors, providing information to all UL students (over 850 students per year), liaison with 740 post-primary placement schools in the Republic of Ireland, ensuring validity and reliability of the grading of school placement, liaison with external examiners and ensuring that the school placement at the University of Limerick meets the requirments of the Teaching Council.
- 2012 - Member of Editorial Advisory Board
- 2006 - Coordinator
- 2009 Trinity College Dublin - PhD
- 1981 NUI Galway - M Sc
- 1979 NUI Galway - Higher Diploma in Education
- 1978 NUI Galway - Bachelor of Science