Denise Chalmers

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Emeritus Professor Denise Chalmers was appointed as a Life Member of HERDSA in 2017 for her long, sustained and influential engagement with the Higher Education community both nationally and internationally.

Denise and her work are well known to many of us in this room. Her influence on the work that many of us have engaged in over a long period includes her early work on recognising and supporting sessional staff, teaching in large classes, the impact of academic development on student learning,  assessment and curriculum review and reform, enhanced teaching and learning through the strategic use of online and communication technologies, promoting student focused teaching and learning practices, and identifying and promoting the use of teaching and learning performance indicators to guide decision making and resource allocation. 

As a foundation director of the Carrick Institute, Denise’s work on developing the teaching and program awards and fellowships has had a lasting influence on the sector, despite the closure of the OLT. 

Denise is an active contributor to the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education through publications, proposing and participating in innovative and successful competitive grants and projects, speaking engagements and working with networks and institutions nationally and internationally. She continues to contribute to the national and international agenda on developing and enhancing teaching and learning and criteria, standards and indicators of quality in higher education.