Student Evaluation, Review and Reporting Unit (SERRU)

Sara Booth

Dr Sara Booth

Head, Student Evaluation, Review and Reporting Unit (SERRU)

Sara Booth photo

Contact Details

Contact Campus Newnham Campus
Building Building B, NEW Gallery
Room Reference B122
Telephone +61 3 6324 3587
Email Sara.Booth@utas.edu.au

General Responsibilities

Biography

Dr Sara Booth has a background in learning and teaching, originally based in the Faculty of Education, at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). She began her university teaching career in 2004 and was awarded a Faculty Mentoring Award (2005), an Early Career Researcher Award (2007), and a UTAS Teaching Excellence Award (2007). In 2008, she obtained a UTAS Teaching and Learning Fellowship, which investigated the leadership role and responsibilities of course coordinators at UTAS. From 2008-2009, she was course coordinator of the Bachelor of Teaching Program and the University Preparation Program (UPP), which involved establishing UPP on three campuses. From 2009-2011 she led and coordinated three institutional-wide benchmarking projects for UTAS which included formal benchmarking partnerships with the universities of Wollongong (UOW) and Deakin. In 2011-2012, she facilitated the involvement of UTAS in two Australian academic standards projects (Teaching Standards Project and the ALTC Inter-university Moderation Project). She also led the testing and coordination of an institutional wide project on UTAS Academic Standards during 2012.

In 2012, the Student Evaluation, Review and Reporting Unit (SERRU) was established to provide institutional and strategic support to the University on data priorities, needs and projects. Sara's expertise is in project management, standards and benchmarking at the institutional level and her role within SERRU encompasses establishing strategic relationships with a range of stakeholders (internally, nationally and internationally) to build strategic, research partnerships for the University. She provides policy advice and support to the Senior Executive and University committees on a range of institutional strategic priorities such as learning and teaching performance, promotions, academic standards, quality, benchmarking and the reporting of institutional data.

Research Interests

Benchmarking, policy, peer review, standards, quality assurance, teaching excellence

External Reference Groups

OLT Transforming Practice Programme External Reference Group

Victorian Quality Managers Network (VQMN)

Higher Education Compliance and Quality Network (HECQN)

National Organising Committee: Australasian Association for Institutional Research (AAIR) and the Australasian Higher Education Evaluation Forum (AHEEF)

TEQSA Expert

Publications

Publications and Projects

Booth, S. (2013). Students as active partners in planning student experience.  Journal of Higher Education, Policy and Management. [in Press]

Booth, S. (2013). Utilising benchmarking to inform decision-making at the institutional level: A research-informed process. Journal of Institutional Research, 18(1), pp.1-12.

Booth, S., & Saunders, C. (2013). Measuring and comparing learning outcomes: Development of an online moderation tool and the establishment of internal and national quality assurance networks to embed peer-review of learning outcomes into teaching practice. Teaching Development Grant: Projects of Institutional Significance. $13-14K

Luca, J., Wolski, T., & Booth, S. (2013). Final report: Implementation of the Good Practice Framework for Research Training. OLT Extension Grant: Office for Learning and Teaching.

Saunders, C. & Booth, S. (2013). Measuring learning outcomes at the course and unit level: Development and Implementation of Electronic Course and Unit Reports at the University of Tasmania, Journal of Higher Education, Policy and Management. [In Press]

Wills, S., Cashmore, A., Cane, C., Sadler, D., Booth, S., Brown, C., McHanwell, S. & Robson, S. (2013). Final report: Promoting teaching: International inter-university benchmarking of academic promotion. UK: Higher Education Academy.

James, R.J., Baik, C., Kennedy, G., Bexley, E., Hughes-Warrington, M., Krause, K-L., Sadler, D., & Booth, S. (2012). Academic workforce 2020: Framing a national agenda for professionalising university teaching. Successful OLT Strategic Priority Project.

Wills, S., Cashmore, A., Cane, C., Sadler, D., Booth, S., Brown, C., McHanwell, S. & Robson, S. (2012). Final report: Promoting teaching: International inter-university benchmarking of academic promotion. UK: Higher Education Academy. Significant Grant Funding.

Booth, S. (2007). Repositioning research as writing to improve student learning. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 32(4) [online journal].

Booth, S. (2006). Coding a Diva: How is a Melbourne Cup winner represented in the media? Literacy Learning: the Middle Years, 14(3), 43-51.

Conference Publications and Presentations

Booth, S. (2013). How to measure teaching quality (Panel Discussion). Assessing & Reporting Learning and Teaching Outcomes Conference, 19-20 March, Melbourne.

Booth, S. (2013). Defining and implementing standards at the Faculty level and throughout the institution. Assessing & Reporting Learning and Teaching Outcomes Conference, 19-20 March, Melbourne.

Booth, S., Krause, K-L., Alexander, H. (2013). The role of peer review in comparing and validating standards: Post-Conference Workshop. Assessing & Reporting Learning and Teaching Outcomes Conference, 19-20 March, Melbourne.

Luca, J. & Booth, S. (2013, 21-22 November). Good Practice Framework for Research Training in Australia: Steering us in the right direction towards research training quality. Deans and Directors of Graduate Research Conference, Hobart.

Booth, S. & Sullivan, J. (2013, 1 March). Our benchmarking methodology: Lessons learnt from cross institutional benchmarking, 2013 Universities Australia Satellite Event for Academic Promotions Committees, Canberra. 

Saunders, C. & Booth, S. (2012, 12-14 November). Development of a University Standards Framework (USF) and online evaluation and reporting tool at the University of Tasmania, 2012 Australasian Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum, Terrigal, pp.1-12.

Booth, S., Saunders, C. & Yang, Y. (2012, 8-10 October). Embedding a robust evaluative culture through policy review. Australasian Higher Education Evaluation Forum, Rockhampton.

Booth, S. (2012, 4 October). Articulating and comparing assessment standards through benchmarking and university standards frameworks. Invitational Roundtable: Inter-University Collegial Peer Review and Moderation of Law: Implications for Monitoring and Assuring Academic Standards, Sydney.

Booth, S., Walls, J., Ennever, C., & Kelder, J-A. (2012, 2-5 July). Implementing a process for measuring student support in the Faculty of Health Science. Showcase presentation at HERDSA Conference, Hobart.

Booth, S. (2012, February). UTAS Standards. Invitational Higher Education Roundtable: Evaluation Forum, University of Western Sydney.

Booth, S., & Frappell, P. (2011, 29 June- 1 July). Evaluation criteria and evidence for a self review of higher degree research. Paper presented at the Australian Universities Quality Forum: Demonstrating Quality Conference, Melbourne.

Booth, S., Melano, A., Sainsbury, H., & Woodley, L. (2011, 29 June-1 July). Articulating and comparing standards through benchmarking of assessment. Paper presented at the Australian Universities Quality Forum: Demonstrating Quality Conference, Melbourne.

Warr, K., Pharo, E., Davison, A., Wapstra, E., Nursey-Bray, M., Jones, C., & Booth, S. (2010, 6-9 July). A climate change of interdisciplinarity: a teaching collaboration for enhancing interdisciplinary student learning about climate change. Paper presented at the HERDSA: Reshaping Higher Education Conference, Melbourne.

Booth, S., & Monkhouse, H. (2009, November 26). Developing academic leadership in course coordinators. Paper presented at the 2009 Teaching Matters Conference, Hobart, Tasmania.

Davison, A., Pharo, E., Warr, K., Nursey-Bray, M., Jones, C., Wapstra, E., & Booth, S. (2008, December 4). A climate of interdisciplinarity: A teaching collaboration for enhancing disciplinary student learning about climate change. Paper presented at the 2008 Teaching Matters Conference, Launceston, Tasmania.

Howells, K., Booth, S., Brown, N., Fitzallen, N., & Satterthwaite, D. (2007, November 30). The enhancement of generic attributes through assessment tasks and reflective learning. Paper presented at the 2007 Teaching Matters Conference, Hobart, Tasmania.

Hiller, C.J., Winckle, J., & Booth, S. (2005, November 15-18). Constructions of pedagogy and masculinity within teachers' discourses. Paper presented at the International Conference on Critical Discourse Analysis: Theory into Research, Launceston, Tasmania. 

Conference Organisation

Universities Australia Satellite Event for Comparing Learning Outcomes Standards: Developing institutional academic quality processes and resources for the peer review of assessment, Canberra, 28 February, 2014.

Universities Australia Satellite Event for Promoting Teaching: Improving the recognition of teaching in academic promotion, Canberra, 28 February, 2014.

Universities Australia Satellite Event for Academic Promotions Committees, Canberra, 1 March, 2013.

Australasian Higher Education Evaluation Forum, Launceston, 28-30th October, 2013.

OLT Transforming Teaching Programme

Crookes, P. & Booth, S. (2014) Facilitation of OLT Transforming Teaching Programme-Reward and Recognition Initiative

Benchmarking Projects

UDRH Benchmarking Project (2013-2014) (UTAS, GGT)

Faculty of Education Benchmarking Project (2013) (UTAS, Curtin, Griffith, UWS, CSU)

Maritime Engineering Benchmarking Project (2013) (UTAS, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands; Technical University of Denmark; University of Michigan; University of Southampton)

Higher Degree Research Benchmarking Project (2013) (Curtin, Edith Cowan, VU, UTAS)

HEA Benchmarking Project (2012-2013) (UK-Leicester and Newcastle Universities) (Australia- UOW and UTAS)

Higher Degree Research Benchmarking Project (2011) (UTAS, UOW, Deakin)

Assessment Benchmarking Project (2010) (UOW, UTAS, Deakin)

Academic Transition Processes (2009) (UOW and UTAS)

Business Intelligence Projects

Design and coordination of the new Learning and Teaching Dashboard for UTAS as Project Coordinator and Sponsor for Professor David Sadler, DVC (Students and Education)

Review Projects

SETL Review Project (March-July, 2012)-Project Coordinator

Standards Projects

UTAS Academic Standards Project with the Faculty of Health Science and the Cradle Coast Campus as Project Coordinator

ALTC Inter-university Moderation Project, UTAS as Project Coordinator: Paper

Teaching Standards Project, UTAS as Project Coordinator: Paper

Policies and Reports

Booth, S. (2014). Draft MOOC Evaluation Procedure

Booth, S. (2014). External Peer Review of Assessment Procedure

Saunders, C. & Booth, S. (2014). Course and Unit Online Moderation Tool Guideline

Booth, S. (2013). Student Experience Plan 2013-2015

Booth, S. (2013). Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs)

Booth, S. (2013). Draft eVALUate Procedure

Booth, S. (2012). UTAS response to the Australian Graduate Survey

Booth, S. (2012). UTAS response to the development of performance measurement instruments in higher education.

Booth, S. (2011). Strategic directions discussion paper: Entrepreneurship, community engagement and internationalisation

Booth, S. (2011). UTAS response to the draft qualification standards

Booth, S. (2011). UTAS response to TEQSA's discussion paper-Learning and teaching standards

Booth, S. (2011). UTAS response to the University Experience Survey (UES)

Booth, S. (2011). Benchmarking policy and benchmarking procedure.

Booth, S. (2011). Development and implementation of a UTAS information and knowledge management strategy and institutional data warehouse: Discussion paper

Rich, D., Booth, S., Rodrigues, J., & Smith, M. (2011). Space management policy and space management guidelines.

Booth, S. (2010). Draft UTAS academic standards framework.

Booth, S. (2010). Final report on assessment benchmarking (UTAS, Deakin and UOW)

Frappell, P., Booth, S., & Reardon, G. (2010). Self review of higher degree research report

Booth, S. (2010). Academic senate and academic standards paper

Booth, S. (2010). Institutional self-assessment: UTAS assessment benchmarking report

Booth, S. (2010). Individual reports for self-assessment workshop (Arts, AMC, Business, Education, Health Science, Law and SET) (Faculties)

Booth, S. (2010). Rationale for benchmarking and academic standards at UTAS

Walker, J. & Booth, S. (2010). Culture and communications: Your Voice final report

Booth, S. (2009). Trial benchmarking project on academic transition support between the University of Tasmania and the University of Wollongong: Final report

Booth, S. (2009). UPP progress report

Lines, R. & Booth, S. (2008). Review of BTeach Program and BTeach Honours