I have led discussion groups of approximately 20 first and second year students in on-campus and online settings in the areas of Communication Studies and Gender Studies. In these sessions I facilitated students' critical understanding of the courses' content and helped them to prepare high quality written research essays and oral presentations. In Student Perception of Teaching surveys (SPOT), students have consistently commented upon my high levels of organisation and preparation, my enthusiasm, and my ability to lead relevant and engaging discussions, communicate and clarify difficult concepts, and motivate their interest in the topic. Students' positive response to my tutoring lead to my being awarded a Teaching Excellence - Early Career (High Commendation) from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Western Australia in 2013. Also, my collegiality has resulted in my being nominated for the up-coming 2014 Excellence in Teaching and Learning awards.
My role as sessional tutor included facilitating students' critical comprehension of complex texts and theories, which I did by employing the principal of Bloom's questioning hierarchy in both face-to-face and e-learning contexts. I also assessed students' progress towards and achievement of learning outcomes both formatively and summatively through the use of rubrics designed by myself and colleague. Additionally, I responded to students' questions outside of tutorial sessions during face-to-face consultations, via email and through the use of the university's online Learning Management System (LMS).