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Dr Karen Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at the University of Greenwich. Karen teaches on and is admissions tutor for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is involved in supporting a number of strategic University initiatives including: new arrivals and transition and the Greenwich Graduate. She is critical friend to the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, where she works with programme teams around curriculum development as they prepare for programme approval and review. Karen also supports the development of pedagogic research within the University in order to enhance teaching, learning and assessment practices. As part of this role, Karen manages the University of Greenwich’s teaching and learning journal Compass.
Karen is herself an active higher education researcher. Her research interests are around the internationalisation of higher education (with a particular focus on transnational teaching and international student experience); higher education policy and practice; and innovation in learning and teaching practice. Karen draws on a range of approaches to data collection and analysis including: the biographical narrative interpretive method, in-depth interviews, discourse analysis and descriptive statistics. Karen sits on the editorial board for the journals: Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences and Teaching in Higher Education and is a member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education. She is external examiner for Keele University’s MA in Higher Education and co-author of Doing your Undergraduate Social Science Dissertation, published by Routledge.
Smith, K. 2014. Exploring flying faculty teaching experiences: motivations, challenges and opportunities, Studies in Higher Education, in press and available online
Smith, K. 2013. Overseas flying faculty teaching as a trigger for transformative professional development, International Journal for Academic Development, in press and available online
Fernie, S.; Pilcher, N. & Smith, K. 2013. The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework: what’s academic practice got to do with it?, European Journal of Education, in press
Pilcher, N.; Smith, K. & Riley, J. 2013. International Students’ first encounters with exams in the UK: superficially similar but deeply different, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, in press
Smith, K. 2012. Lessons learnt from the literature on the diffusion of innovative learning and teaching practices in higher education, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 49:2, 173-182
Smith, K. 2011. Cultivating innovative learning and teaching cultures: a question of garden design, Teaching in Higher Education, 16:4, 427-438
Smith, K. 2010. Assuring quality in transnational higher education: a matter of collaboration or control?, Studies in Higher Education, 35:7, 793-806
Clegg, S and Smith, K. 2010. ‘Developing a learning and teaching strategy: contradictions of genre and desiring’. Research Papers in Education, 25:1,115-132
Smith, K. 2009. Transnational Teaching Experiences - An Under-Explored Territory for Transformative Professional Development, International Journal for Academic Development, 14:2, 111-122
Smith, K. 2008. ‘Who do you think you’re talking to? - The discourse of learning and teaching strategies, Higher Education, 56:4, 395-406
2013: Staff and Educational Development Association, Higher education policy and educational development (£8,600)
2009: Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (Higher Education Academy), International students’ experiences of exams in the UK (£7,000) with Nick Pilcher and Jackie Riley
2009: Society for Research in Higher Education Newer Researcher Prize, The transformative potential of transnational teaching experiences (£2,000)
2009: JISC, Synthesis and evaluation of Open Educational Resources project (£50,000) with Allison Littlejohn, Helen Beetham and Lou McGill.
2008: Higher Education Academy (Scotland), Support for new academic staff through action research (£3,000) with Scott Fernie
PhD in Translation Studies / Applied Russian Linguistics, University of Sheffield (2003)
MA in Translation Studies, University of Sheffield (1999)
BA in Modern Languages (French and Russian), University of Bradford (1998)
PGCert in Learning and Teaching, Sheffield Hallam University (2005), and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy