Dr Elizabeth Johnson
Acting Executive Dean, Associate Dean (Academic)
Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering
PS1 Building, Room 210, Melbourne (Bundoora)
PhD (Melb), Grad Cert Higher Ed (La Trobe)
Area of study
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Liz is the Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering at La Trobe University and leads curriculum renewal in the Faculty. Major projects include La Trobe's Design for Learning project which embeds graduate capabilities into a renewed curriculum across the Faculty, and the Pathways in Science project which is a major review and development of courses. Liz trained as a plant biochemist and contributes to teaching in foundation biochemistry at La Trobe.
Liz's current research interests are in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Current research projects focus on strategies for curriculum development in the sciences, quantitative literacy support mechanisms and teaching scientific inquiry. Liz is also active in a number of national initiative in science and maths in higher education funded by the Office for Teaching and Learning (DEEWR). She is a member of the SaMnet leadership project, the VIBE biology discipline project and is the evaluator for the Transitions in biology project . She was co-investigator on the recent ALTC project exploring scientific inquiry skills in biosciences.
Johnson ED, Maier AG (2011) Teamwork in an honours group writing assignment, in Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, 29-30 September, Melbourne, Australia, Sharma MD, Yeung A, Jenkins T, Johnson ED, Rayner G and West J (eds), available from http://escholarship.usyd.edu.au/journals/index.php/IISME/issue/view/343 Sharma MD, Yeung A, Jenkins T, Johnson ED, Rayner G and West J, (2011) (eds)Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, ACSME conference, 29-30 September, Melbourne, Australia, available from http://escholarship.usyd.edu.au/journals/index.php/IISME/issue/view/343 Elliott, K., Boin A., Irving, H., Johnson E., and Galea V. (2010) Teaching scientific inquiry skills: a handbook for bioscience educators in Australian Universities, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Sydney, available from http://www.altc.edu.au/resources?text=scientific+inquiry and at http://www.scientificinquiry.meu.unimelb.edu.au Johnson, E., Maddox, L., Quinton, J. & Burke da Silva, K. (2010). Attitudes to assessment in university Science education. In M. Devlin, J. Nagy and A. Lichtenberg (Eds.) Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education, 33 (pp. 347–357). Melbourne, 6–9 July, 2010.