Bernadette Foley

Ms Bernadette Foley

Associate Dean Education ECMS

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Bernadette Foley has had a combination of industry, research and education appointments and achievements since graduating as a Civil Engineering in 1993. Her focus over the past five years has been related to increasing the authenticity of engineering curricula through professional practice.
Bernadette is the Associate Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and is active within national Associate Dean Networks.

Research Interests

As an Education Specialist, my research interests focus on best practice in engineering education. I am the Chief Investigator for an Australian Government Department of Education and Traning grant focusing on the development of resources which use adapted industry management system processes as learning and teaching tools. I also have an interest in the value of research based education and student partnerships for enhanced learning.

My discipline specific research focused on defining the concept of Sustainability as it pertains to engineering. Particularly, seeing sustainability as a characteristic of a system where resources need to be managed over time: including seeing infrastructure as a resource. Traditionally, projects have been assessed on technical and economic criteria. While it is recognised that many projects are also assessed on environmental criteria there remains challenges, with the available analytical tools, to combine the various assessments into a genuine 'sustainability assessment'.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Associate Dean (Education) University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2016 Education Specialist - Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2015 - 2016 Scholarly Teaching Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2015 - 2016 Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2005 - 2015 Sessional teaching appointments University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2000 - 2010 Engineer (casual) KBR
    1999 - 2000 Engineer KBR
    1998 - 1999 Quality Coordinator Halliburton Energy Services
    1994 - 1998 Graduate engineer Kinhill Engineers
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2012 Award Encouragement Certificate for the Australian Council of Engineering Deans (ACED) National Award for Engineering Education Excellence (CR Willis, BA Foley and DG Wilson) Australia
    2011 Award 2011 Faculty of ECMS Excellence in Teaching Award (early career teaching award)
    2004 Award WH Warren Medal by Engineers Australia for best published paper in the field of Civil Engineering
    2003 Award GN Alexander Medal by the Institution of Engineers Australia for best paper in Hydrology and Water Resources in the previous 18 months
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 - 2010 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Graduate Certificate Education (Higher Education)
    1990 - 1993 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours 1)
  • Research Interests

Date Project/ No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2016-2018 ID16-5400: Transforming engineering students into student engineers - improving
learning outcomes and employability
Foley, B., Senadji, B.,

Palmer, E. and Martinez-Marroquin, E.

Australian Government, Department of Education and Training (formerly Office for Learning and Teaching) $225,000
2013-2015 SD13-2878: Promoting student engagement and continual improvement: Integrating
professional quality management practice into engineering curricula
Foley, B. and Willis, C. Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching $48,000
2013 SWSA WHS Innovative Practice Grant: Embedding safety in design (SiD) within the undergraduate engineering
Foley, B. and Willis, C. SafeWork South Australia $44,000

Courses developed, delivered and/or coordinated

Date Course Title Institution Course Level/ Code URL
2015-2017 Research Methodologies and Project Management (course coordinator) UoA C&ENVENG 3222/MINING 3222 click here
2014-2017 Engineering Planning and Design (course coordinator) UoA C&ENVENG 1008 click here
2011-2016 Engineering Management IV (course coordinator 2011-2013) UoA C&ENVENG 4034 click here
2010-2014 Engineering Management and Planning (course coordinator) UoA C&ENVENG 3078/
2003-2009 Various sessional teaching appointments ranging from practical demonstrations to tutoring, to honours supervision, to guest lectures in the Management Stream and for water/water resources courses. UoA    
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Progam Approval and Entry Committee University of Adelaide
    2016 - ongoing Chair ECMS Faculty Curriculum Committee The University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Director Board of Directors St Mary's College Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member University Learning Committee University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Member Academic Board University of Adelaide
  • Position: Associate Dean Education ECMS
  • Phone: 83130689
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 4359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 2
  • Room: 2 31e
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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