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Professor Betty Leask Emeritus Professor, Education School Operations

Professor Betty Leask is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

She has researched and published extensively on teaching, learning and internationalisation in higher education. She has lead and participated in six nationally funded Australian research projects on teaching and learning and in 2010 was awarded an Australian government teaching fellowship Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Action.

Betty is Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Studies in International Education, the leading international journal in her field, and is an Honorary Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Universita Cattolica del Sacre Cuore in Milan. Betty was founding Chair of the International Education Association of Australia's Internationalisation of the Curriculum Special Interest Group and is Chair of its Research Committee from 2010-2012. Her current role at La Trobe University includes responsibility for leading curriculum innovation and change across the institution.

Betty Leask's ALTC Fellowship (2010), Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Action, identified the importance of approaches to curriculum design to embed the development of intercultural competence into teaching and assessment in the disciplines as part of internationalisation of the curriculum. The Fellowship identified the need for further work around the assessment of international and intercultural learning outcomes. The presence of international and domestic students in class and on campus provides rich opportunities for the development of intercultural competence which are largely ignored by many academics. By identifying and disseminating good practice in the facilitation of interaction and the assessment of the learning outcomes afforded by it in a range of disciplines this project will contribute to the broader agenda of internationalization of the curriculum in the disciplines. In another national project, Learning and Teaching Across Cultures, Betty was responsible for the development of a set of Good Practice principles in Teaching Across Cultures and a series of Quick Guides exploring these principles in practice.

Betty's most recent publication, Internationalising the Curriculum, was published by Routledge in 2015.


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