Dr Iris Vardi has had over 20 years experience in education having worked as a secondary teacher, lecturer, tutor, academic skills adviser, manager, academic staff developer and educational consultant.
Her research interests lie in the areas of tertiary literacy, approaches to teaching and their impact on learning outcomes, assessment and feedback, the first year experience, critical thinking and problem solving, self-regulated learning and independent achievement.
She has been actively involved in HERDSA since 2001 through her involvement on the WA HERDSA executive and the 2006 HERDSA conference committee. In both 2008 and 2009, she undertook the role of President of HERDSA WA reinvigorating the state executive and branch. In 2010 she stepped back to be Vice-President of the WA branch which remains a highly vibrant branch. She joined the national executive in 2009 and undertook the role of Chair of the Membership Portfolio for her two year term of office. During that time she was also Guest Editor for a Special HERD edition on the Scholarship of Teaching which was published in 2011.
Dr Vardi is now Chair of the Membership portfolio. She works as an educational consultant and can be contacted through her website at http://vardiconsulting.wordpress.com.