Linda Westphalen

Dr Linda Westphalen

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Working in a School of Education has meant that teaching is not only Linda's professional role, it is also her subject matter. A teacher for 35 years, Linda is a national Office of Learning and Teaching Citation winner in 2012, and a 2008 Winner of the Dean of Professions' Prize for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching at the University of Adelaide. Linda's current teaching is in the areas of culture, diversity and inclusion, pedagogy and engagement, and student safety and well-being. From 2009 to the end of 2015, she coordinated the School of Education’s Teacher Education Programs, a role she relinquished to go on long service leave in the first half of 2016. From 2018 until 2020, she was the Associate Dead of Learning and Teaching for the School of Education. In 2021 she became a Student Support Academic Mentor.

From 2017, in a new phase of her career as an Education Specialist, Linda serves on the executive Committee of the Adelaide Education Academy, and looks forward to the challenge of new pathways in her teaching areas, such as innovation and online learning in the School of Education. She has been instrumental in developing the School’s capstone assessment requirement in Teacher Education, the ePortfolio. She has also had a key role in conceiving and establishing the School's Masters of Teaching. After reading Paulo Freire's Teachers as Cultural Workers (2005) on a plane in 2018, Linda was intrigued by the idea of how the increasing focus on teacher accreditation is impacting on the profession, and how this might be at odds with teachers' Relational Agency and the demands of 21st century learning for futures that are largely undefined. She is now actively researching this area.

Teaching, Linda contends, is (still) the best, most interesting and rewarding job there is.

Latest Research: Westphalen, L. (2020). Transforming Higher Education Teaching for 21st-Century Skills. In M. White & F. McCallum (Eds.), Critical Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Leadership: Enhancing Educational Outcomes (pp. 45 - 60).  Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor Perspectives on innovative teaching and learning: A qualitative study modeling innovation within contemporary learning environments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kristy Rose Davis
    2019 Principal Supervisor An Appreciative Study: Factors that Influence Girls Retention in Stem Subjects for Senior Secondary Education Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Catherine Anne Hamilton Royans
    2017 Co-Supervisor Enabling Pedagogy: Analyzing New Student Perspective At A South Australian University College in Order to Inform Enabling Program Curricula and Teaching Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Jennifer Jane Stokes
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2020 Principal Supervisor ‘Music is my Oxygen’: an Exploration of Bioecological Influences on Pathways to University Music Study in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Garry Robert Jones
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The Mechanics of Grammar: Theme and Rheme in Engineering Education (MOG TREE) Solution Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Alison-Jane Hunter
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Attitudes towards Indonesian Teachers of English and Implications for Their Professional Identity Doctor of Education Doctorate Full Time Mr Ardian Wahyu Setiawan
    2009 - 2010 Co-Supervisor IB or SACE? An Investigation into Student Course Choice at the Senior Secondary Level in an Adelaide School Doctor of Education Doctorate Part Time Dr Meredith Coleman
    2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Adelaide Secondary School Students Participation in Sport and their Cultural Identity: A Humanistic Sociological Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Vegnes Maniam
    2007 - 2010 Co-Supervisor International Parents in Tokyo and the Education of their Transnational Children Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Donna Velliaris
    2006 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Aims, Expectations and Caring in Australian Year 12 ESL: A Case Study of Curriculum and Classroom Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Aramesh Zoghi
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2012 - ongoing ICT Integration Pulteney Grammar School Jarrod Johnson
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133784
  • Email: linda.westphalen@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3604
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 8
  • Room: 8 05
  • Org Unit: School of Education

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