Emeritus Betty

Emeritus Betty Leask


University centres

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Academic Language and Learning Unit


BA (Uni Ad), DipEd (Uni Ad), Master of Applied Linguistics (Macquaire), Doctor of Education (UniSA)



Membership of professional associations

  • Australian National Teaching Fellow
  • Editor-in-chief of Journal of Studies in International Education
  • Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI)
  • Brief profile

    Emeritus Professor Betty Leask is recognised internationally as a thought leader in the internationalisation of higher education. She has researched and published extensively on the connections between theory and practice in internationalisation of the curriculum, teaching and learning in higher education. In this area she has led and participated in six nationally funded Australian research projects and in 2010 was awarded an Australian government national teaching fellowship Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Action. More about the outcomes of the fellowship and related projects is available from www.ioc.global.

    Betty is Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Studies in International Education, the leading international journal in the field of international higher education, 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.

    Betty’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.

    Recent publications


    • Leask, B. (2015) Internationalising the Curriculum. Abingdon: Routledge.

    Research Reports:

    Edited Volumes:

    • Leask, B. (ed) (2013) Journal of Studies in International Education Special Issue: Internationalisation of the curriculum and the Disciplines Vol. 17, No. 2

    Book Chapters:

    • de Wit, H. & Leask, B. (2017) ‘Re-imagining the University for the 21st Century’ Part II pp 222-236 in Grau, F. X., Escrigas C., Goddard, J., Hall, B., Hazelkorn, E. and Tandon, R. (eds) Higher Education in the World 6: Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) http://www.guninetwork.org/report/higher-education-world-6 

    • Leask, B. (2016) ‘Internationalizing Curriculum and Learning for All Students’ Part Three, pp 49-53 in Jones, E., Coelen, R., Beelen, J. and de Wit, H. (eds) Global and Local Internationalization. Sense Publishers


    • De Wit, H. and Leask, B. (2015), Foreword: Internationalization, the Curriculum and the Disciplines. In Green, W. and Whitsed, C., Critical perspectives on internationalising the curriculum and the disciplines: reflective narrative accounts from Business, Education and Health. Sense Publishers, Dordrecht.
    • Leask, B., Beelen, J. and Kaunda, L. (2013) Chapter 5: Internationalisation of the curriculum: international approaches and perspectives pp. 187-205 in de Wit, H., F. Hunter, L. Johnson and H-G van Liempd (2013) Possible futures the next 25 years of the internationalisation of higher education. Amsterdam: EAIE.
    • Leask, B. (2012) ‘Taking a holistic approach to internationalisation - Connecting institutional policy with the everyday reality of student life’ pp71-86 in Beelen, J. and de Wit, H. (eds) Internationalisation revisited: New dimensions in the internationalisation of higher education Amsterdam: Centre for Applied Research on Economics and Management.
    • Brewer, B. & Leask, B. (2012) ‘Internationalization of the Curriculum’ pp 245-266 in Deardorff, D., de Wit, H., Heyl, J. & Adams, T. (eds) The Sage Handbook of Internationalisation. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications.

    Refereed Journal Articles:

    • Leask, B., Green, W., Whitsed, C (2015): ‘In Australia, Internationalisation of the curriculum at home’ Forum Magazine: Discussing international education Winter 2015, pp. 34-35
    • Leask, B. & de Wit, H. (2015): ‘Internationalization, the Curriculum, and the Disciplines’ The Boston College Center for International Higher Education: International Higher Education Special Issue on Internationalization of Higher Education No. 83, pp. 10-12 http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ihe/article/view/9079
    • Keevers, L., Lefoe, G., Leask, B., Dawood Sultan, F.K.P., Ganesharatnam,S., Loh, V. & See Yin Lim, J. (2014): ‘I like the people I work with.Maybe I’ll get to meet them in person one day’: teaching and learning practice developmentwith transnational teaching teams, Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, DOI: 10.1080/02607476.2014.903024
    • Leask, B. (2013) ‘Internationalising the curriculum in the disciplines – imagining new possibilities’ Journal of Studies in International Education Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 103-118 DOI: 10.1177/1028315312475090
    • Leask, B. (2013) ‘Internationalisation of the curriculum and the disciplines – current perspectives and directions for the future’ Journal of Studies in International Education Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 99-102 DOI: 10.1177/1028315313486228
    • Leask, B. and Bridge, C. (2013) ‘Comparing internationalisation of the curriculum across the disciplines: theoretical and practical perspectives’ Compare: a journal of comparative and international education Special Issue: Contemporary issues on the internationalisation of higher education: critical and comparative perspectives Vol. 43, No. 01, pp 79 – 101. DOI:10.1080/03057925.2013.746566

    Older publications

    Book Chapters:

    • Leask, B. (2011) ‘Teaching and learning in universities’ pp 244-252 in Davis, D. & Macintosh, B. Eds (2011) Making a Difference. Sydney: UNSW Press.
    • Leask B.& Murray, D. (2011) ‘Professionalisation and research: underpinning the industry’ Chapter 11, pp 370-390 in Davis, D. & Macintosh, B. (eds) Making a Difference. Sydney: UNSW Press.
    • Leask, B. (2010) ‘Beside me is an empty chair – the student experience of internationalisation’ Chapter 1, pp 3-17 in Jones E. (Ed) Internationalisation and the Student Voice: Higher Education Perspectives. New York: Routledge
    • Ciccarelli, A. and Leask, B. (2010). Transnational Quality Assurance at the University of South Australia, pp 94-100 in van Gaalen, A. (ed.) Internationalisation and Quality Assurance EAIE Professional Development Series for International Educators
    • Leask, B. (2008) Chapter 1. ‘Internationalisation, Globalisation and Curriculum Innovation’ pp 9-26 in Reed, A and Hellsten, M. (eds) Researching International Pedagogies: sustainable practice for teaching and learning in higher education Springer Netherlands
    • Leask, B. (2008) Chapter 12. ‘Teaching for learning in transnational courses and programs’ pp120-132 in Dunn, L. and Wallace, M. (eds) Transnational teaching and learning. Melbourne: Routledge
    • Leask, B. (2008) Chapter 8. ‘Internationalisation of the curriculum in an interconnected world’ pp 95-101 in G. Crosling, L. Thomas and M. Heagney (eds) Improving student retention in higher education - the role of teaching and learning Abingdon: Routledge.
    • Leask, B. (2007) Chapter 7. ‘International Teachers and International Learning’ pp 86-94 in Jones, E. and Brown, S. Internationalising Higher Education Abingdon: Routledge
    • Leask, B. (2007) Chapter 4 ‘Diversity on Campus – an institutional approach: a case study from Australia’ pp33-40 in Teekens, H. (ed) Internationalisation at Home: ideas and ideals EAIE Occasional Paper 20 Amsterdam: EAIE
    • Leask, B. (2006) ‘Campus Diversity, student participation and Internationalisation – a case study from Australia’ pp 119-130 in Teekens, H. (ed) Internationalization at Home: a global perspective The Hague: Nuffic.
    • Leask, B. (2005) Chapter 13 in ‘Internationalisation of the curriculum: teaching and learning’ pp 119-129 in Carroll, J. and Ryan, J. (eds) Teaching international students: Enhancing learning for all students. London: Routledge Falmer
    • Leask, B. & Carter S. (1994). A Study of a Successful Language Learner pp109-120 in Burton, J.(ed)1994. CALUSA Research Series 1. CALUSA, Adelaide.

    Refereed Journal Articles:

    • Leask, B. and Carroll, J. (2011) ‘Moving beyond ‘wishing and hoping’: internationalisation and student experiences of inclusion and engagement’ Higher Education Research and Development Vol. 30, No. 5, Special Issue: Internationalising the Home Student, 647-659.
    • Beelen, J. and Leask, B. (2011) ‘Internationalisation at Home on the Move’ in Raabe Handbook ‘Internationalisation of European Higher Education’. Berlin: Raabe Academic Publishers.
    • Leask, B. (2009) Using formal and informal curricula to improve interactions between home and international students. Journal of Studies in International Education, Vol. 13, No. 2, 205-221 (1552-7808)
    • Leask, B. (2006). Plagiarism, cultural diversity and metaphor - implications for academic staff development. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education 31(2): 183-199. (0260-2938)
    • Leask, B. (2004). Internationalisation Outcomes for all Students Using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT's). Journal of Studies in International Education, 8(4), 336-351. (1552-7808)
    • Leask, B., Ciccarelli, A., & Benzie, H. (2003). Pathways to tertiary learning: a framework for evaluating English language programs for undergraduate entry. EA Journal, 21(1), 17-30. (1444-4496)
    • Leask, B. (2001). Bridging the Gap: Internationalising University Curricula. Journal of Studies in International Education, 5(2), 100-115.