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Debbie Lees

Director Strategic Projects

Tel: +27 11 950 4100

Fax: +27 11 950 4177

Qualifications
  • HDE (Johannesburg College of Education)
  • FDE (University of Johannesburg)
  • BEd Hons (University of Johannesburg)
  • MEd – Cum Laude (University of Johannesburg)
  • Doctoral student (University of Johannesburg)
Previous Teaching Commitments
  • Understanding University Learning (ATS 1369)
Achievements
  • Nominee – Employee of the Year Monash South Africa 2008
  • Winner – Employee of the Year Monash South Africa 2009
  • MSAFP Programme Winner of Australian Learning and Teaching (ALTC) Award 2009 – Award Category: Programmes that Enhance Learning: The First Year Experience (Solely responsible for submission)
  • Winner – Employee of the Year Monash South Africa 2012
Research Interests
  • Higher Education
  • The role of narrative in learning
  • At-risk students and strategies to improve learning
  • Research Coaching
  • Student transition issues
Conference Presentations
  • Title: The Development of Professional Identity of University Lecturers\
    Authors: D. Lees / Professor S. Gravett
    Name of conference: International Education: A Matter of Heart
    Place: Kuala Lumpur
    Date: 13-16 February 2006
    Publication: Conference proceedings
    ISBN: 978-0-7326-4001-9
  • Title: The introduction of a research coaching and mentoring programme at Monash South Africa: A narrative self-report study
    Authors: Barkhuizen, J; Lees, D; Niemann-Struweg, I; Burger, D; Bezuidenhout,R
    Name of conference: Third Biennial Conference on Postgraduate Supervision
    Place: Stellenbosch
    Date: 18 – 21 April, 2011
  • Title: Linking research coaching and mentoring, professional identity development and research output
    Authors: Lees, D; Niemann-Struweg, I; Burger, D; Barkhuizen, J; Bezuidenhout, R
    Name of conference: Third Biennial Conference on Postgraduate Supervision
    Place: Stellenbosch
    Date: 18 – 21 April, 2011
Book Chapter
  • Lees, D., Levy, S., 2012, The Monash South Africa Foundation Programme (MSAFP), in Student Voices in Transition: the Experiences of Pathways Students, eds Stuart Levy and Catherine Earl, Van Schaik, Hatfield Pretoria South Africa, pp. 27-39.
Seminar and Workshop Presentations
  • Conference: Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) Conference
    Place: Adelaide
    Date: June 2010
    Invited by: Australian Teaching and Learning Council
    Topic: Australian Teaching and Learning Award Winners Panel – experiences of developing and implementing award winning First Year Programs
    Lees, D
  • Association: South African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR)
    Date: 3rd March 2010
    Place: Monash South Africa
    Title: Tips for Foundation Programmes of Quality
    Lees, D
  • Association: South African Association of Institutional Research (SAAIR)
    Date: 17th August 2011
    Title: Assuring the Quality of Research through coaching and mentoring
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