Abby Cathcart's Profile

Professor and Director of QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching Queensland University of Technology

Professor Abby Cathcart is the Director of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching, a TEQSA Expert, and a Principal Fellow of the HEA. She has worked at QUT since 2007 and was a Professor of Work and Organisation in QUT Business School until 2018 when she moved into a senior leadership role in the Learning and Teaching Unit. She completed her PhD at Leicester University Management Centre (UK) in the field of organisational democracy and employee involvement. Her research on the John Lewis Partnership has received international attention. Professor Cathcart has won multiple awards for her teaching including the inaugural David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Medal (2014) and three national Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) – an Award for Excellence in the priority area of teaching large classes, a national Citation for her work in Assessment and Feedback and a Program Award for the Teaching Advantage Program. Professor Cathcart is Director of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching, a portfolio which includes Student Evaluation, Academic Development, Expert Peer Review of Educational Practice, Awards and Grants, and facilitating professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy for QUT staff members. Since 2014 more than 750 staff members have successfully been recognised as HEA Fellows. Professor Cathcart co-leads the national award winning Teaching Advantage Program for doctoral students who want to build academic careers. There are now TA Alumni working as academics in Universities in many countries and the TA team have been building on this fast-growing network with a new program Teaching Advantage: Global which has run in Perth, China and Thailand. TA Global has been nominated for a Wharton Reimagine Education Award in 2019.

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