Professor Sue Starfield

Professor
Dip Teach - French (UParis), MA French Lit (Witwatersrand), MA App Ling (UParis), PhD (Witwatersrand)
School of Education

Contact

+61 2 9385 3369
Learning Centre
Kensington Campus
Fields: Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics, Higher Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Sue Starfield is a Professor in the School of Education and Director of The Learning Centre. Her research and publications cover tertiary academic literacies, doctoral writing, writing for publication, identity in academic writing, ethnographic research methods and language policy, access and equity in higher education. She was co-editor of the journal, English for Specific Purposes (2009-2014) and is co-editor with Brian Paltridge of two new book series with Routledge: Routledge Introductions to English for Specific Purposes and Routledge Research in English for Specific Purposes.  Her most recent publication is Ethnographic Perspectives on Academic Writing  (2016, Oxford University Press) co-authored with Brian Paltridge and Christine Tardy.

Sue was the recipient (with Brian Paltridge and Louise Ravelli) of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2008-2010 on the topic Writing in the academy: The practice-based thesis as an evolving genre and co-recipient of an ARC Discovery Grant (2011-2014) with Allyson Holbrook, Sid Bourke and Terry Lovat, University of Newcastle; Margaret Kiley, Australian National University and Brian Paltridge, University of Sydney: A cross-national study of the relative impact of an oral component on PhD examination quality, language and practice.

She supervises students in the areas of tertiary literacies, advanced academic writing, writer identity, research genres, English for specific purposes, access and equity issues for non-native speakers of English in higher education.

Research

 

Sue Starfield is a Professor in the School of Education and Director of The Learning Centre. Her research and publications cover tertiary academic literacies; thesis and dissertation writing, writing for publication, postgraduate pedagogy, identity in academic writing and access and equity in higher education. Her research has focused on Writing in the academy: The practice-based thesis as an evolving genre (ARC Discovery Grant 2008-2010) and a A cross-national study of the relative impact of an oral component on PhD examination quality, language and practice (ARC Discovery Grant 2011-2014). She supervises students in the areas of tertiary literacies, advanced academic writing, research genres, access and equity issues for non-native speakers of English in higher education. Ethnographic perspectives on academic wriitng, co-authored with Brian Paltridge and Christine Tardy is published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. To hear Sue talk about her research focus, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZhixWGC8kk


Publications

    Books

    • Starfield S;Paltridge B, 2016, Getting published in academic journals: Navigating the publication process, MIchigan University Press, Ann Arbor
    • Starfield S;Paltridge B;Tardy CM, 2016, Ethnographic perspectives on academic writing, Oxford University Press, Oxford
    • Ravelli L; Paltridge B; Starfield S, (eds.), 2014, Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts
    • Ravelli, L. J., Paltridge, B., & Starfield, S., (ed.), 2014, Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts, Libri Pub Limited
    • Paltridge, B. & Starfield S, (ed.), 2013, The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes, Wiley-Blackwell
    • Paltridge B;Starfield S, 2012, The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118339855
    • Paltridge B;Starfield S, 2007, Thesis and dissertation writing in a second language: A handbook for supervisors, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203960813

    Book Chapters

    • Starfield S, 2017, 'What examines value in a PhD', in Carter S; Laurs D (ed.), Developing research writing, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 184 - 188
    • Paltridge B;Starfield S, 2017, 'English for Specific Purposes', in Handbook of research in second language teaching and learning. Volume III, Routledge, New York, pp. 56 - 67
    • Starfield S, 2016, 'English for specific purposes', in Hall G (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching, Routledge, Abingdon: Oxon; New York: NY, pp. 150 - 163, https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-English-Language-Teaching/Hall/p/book/9780415747394
    • Paltridge B;Starfield S, 2016, 'Ethnographic perspectives on English for academic purposes research', in The Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes, pp. 218 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315657455
    • Starfield S, 2016, 'Quotidian ethics in the neoliberal university: Research and practice collide', in Ethics in Applied Linguistics Research: Language Researcher Narratives, pp. 53 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315816937
    • Starfield S;Clement N;Lovat T;Holbrook A;Bourke S;Kiley M;Paltridge B;Fairbairn H;Mcinerney D, 2015, 'Exploring Doctoral Examiner Judgements through the Lenses of Habermas and Epistemic Cognition', in Huisman J; Tight M (ed.), Theory and Method in Higher Education Research Volume 1, edn. Theory and Method in Higher Education Research, Emerald, Bingley, UK, pp. 213 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S2056-375220150000001010
    • Starfield S, 2015, 'First person singular: Negotiating identity in academic writing in English', in Djenar D; Mahboob A; Cruickshank K (ed.), Language and identity across modes of communication, De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, pp. 249 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9781614513599
    • Ravelli L;Paltridge B;Starfield S, 2014, 'Diversity in Creative and Performing Arts doctoral writing: a way forward', in Ravelli L; Paltridge B; Starfield S (ed.), Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts, pp. 389 - 406
    • Starfield S;Paltridge B;Ravelli L, 2014, 'Researching academic writing: what textography affords', in Huisman J; Tight M (ed.), Theory and Method in Higher Education Research II International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Volume 10, 103-120 Emerald Publishing., edn. 1st, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., Amsterdam ; New York : JAI, pp. 103 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3628(2014)0000010011
    • Starfield S;Ravelli LJ;Paltridge B;Tuckwell K;Nicholson S, 2014, 'Genre in the creative-practice doctoral thesis: Diversity and unity', in Garzone G; Ilie C (ed.), Genres and genre theory in transition, BrownWalker Press, Boca Raton, Florida USW, pp. 89 - 105, http://www.brownwalker.com/book.php?method=ISBN&book=1612337201
    • Starfield S, 2013, 'Researcher reflexivity', in Chapelle CA (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, edn. Original, Blackwell Publishing, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.10002/9781405198431.wbeal1011
    • Starfield S, 2013, 'Historical development of language for specific purposes', in Chapelle CA (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics - 10 volume set, edn. Original, Blackwell Publishing, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.10002/9781405198431.wbeal0505
    • Starfield S, 2012, 'Critical Perspectives on ESP', in The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes, pp. 461 - 479, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118339855.ch24
    • Starfield S;Paltridge B;Ravelli L, 2012, ''Why do we have to write?': Practice-based theses in the visual and performing arts and the place of writing', in Linguistic Insights, pp. 169 - 190
    • Starfield S, 2011, 'Doing critical ethnographic research into academic writing: the theory of methodology', in Belcher D; Johns AM; Paltridge B (ed.), New directions in English for specific purposes research, edn. Original, University of Michigan Press, pp. 174 - 196, http://www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do;jsessionid=0216353635B3E303D7265B615F860D35?id=371075
    • Starfield S;Paltridge B, 2011, 'Research in English for specific purposes', in Hinkel E (ed.), Handbook of research in second language teaching and learning, edn. 1, Routledge, New York, pp. 106 - 121, http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470655321.html
    • Starfield S, 2010, 'Fortunate travellers: Learning from the multiliterate lives of doctoral students', in The Routledge Doctoral Supervisor's Companion: Supporting Effective Research in Education and the Social Sciences, pp. 138 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203851760
    • Starfield S, 2010, 'Ethnographies', in Paltridge B; Phakiti A (ed.), Continuum companion to research methods in applied linguistics, edn. Original, Continuum International Publishing Group, London, pp. 50 - 65
    • Starfield S, 2007, 'New Directions in Student Academic Writing', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English Language Teaching, edn. Original, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York, pp. 875 - 890
    • Starfield S, 2004, '`Why does this feel empowering?`:Thesis writing, concordancing, and the corporatizing university', in Norton B; Toohey K (ed.), Critical Pedagogies and Language Learning, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, pp. 138 - 157
    • Starfield S, 2004, 'Word Power: negotiating success in a first-year sociology essay', in Ravelli L; Ellis RA (ed.), Analysing Academic Writing: Contextualized Frameworks, edn. First, Continuum Publishing Co, London, pp. 66 - 83
    • Starfield S;Coleman D;Hagan A, 2003, 'The attitudes of IELTS stakeholders: Student and staff perceptions of IELTS in Australian, UK and Chinese tertiary institutions', in IELTS International English Language Testing System: English for International Opportunity. Research Reports 2003, edn. Volume, IDP: IELTS Australia, Canberra, pp. 159 - 235
    • Starfield S, 2001, '`I`ll go with the group`: Rethinking `discourse community` in EAP', in Flowerdew J; Peacock M (ed.), Research Perspectives on English for Academic Purposes, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 132 - 147

    Journal articles

    Conference Papers

    • Cranney J;Jones G;Morris SC;Starfield S;Martire KA;Newell BR;Wong K, 2008, 'Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) in First-year Psychology: Mass Screening and Targeted Assistance', in Proceedings of the 43rd Annual APS Conference, 43rd APS annual conference 23 - 27 September 2008, Hobart, Tasmania, HOBART, TASMANIA, presented at 43rd APS annual conference 23 - 27 September 2008, Hobart, Tasmania, HOBART, TASMANIA, 23 - 27 September 2008
    • Quinlan AM;Starfield S;Marshall NG;Demirbilek OR;Watson BE;Evans CB;Corkery LF;Zou PX, 2007, 'Sudents as Schilas: Weaving Threads of Understanding of the Final Year Undergraduate Research Experience:a case study from the Built Environment', in Kofod M; Takayama K (eds.), International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, pp. 104 - 105, presented at International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, 02 - 05 July 2007

    Edited Books

    • 2014, Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts, Libri Publishing, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Teaching

Sue Starfield is a Professor and the Director of The Learning Centre at The University of New South Wales. She is co-author with Brian Paltridge of Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Supervisors published by Routledge in 2007. She was co-editor of the journal English for Specific Purposes from 2009-2014. She is the recipient of a 2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for the development of a research-led innovative curriculum to support postgraduate research students' writing with significant impact on the field of postgraduate writing.

Sue's current research interests include advanced academic writing, postgraduate pedagogy and issues of identity in academic writing and language learning. With colleagues from the University of Sydney, Sue and Pam Mort of The Learning Centre were awarded a 2006 Carrick Institute Competitive Grant – Creating a student-centred online learning environment for report writing in the sciences and engineering.

Sue currently teaches Research Writing and Presentation, a course she has developed for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She has also taught Developing a Research Proposal, a course for commencing postgraduate research students. In addition, she is involved in program development to enhance students' successful access to academic skills across the university.

Prior to moving to Australia, Sue worked for over fifteen years in South Africa, mainly at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where she developed academic programs to promote access and success in higher education for students who had been disadvantaged by apartheid education. She also worked with academic staff who wanted to make their teaching more responsive to the learning needs of the very diverse student body.

Professional contribution

She is the recipient of a 2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for the development of a research-led innovative curriculum to support postgraduate research students' writing with significant impact on the field of postgraduate writing.

She is a co-recipient of a 2006 Carrick Institute Competitive Grant – Creating a student-centred online learning environment for report writing in the sciences and engineering.

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