Christine Adams

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Christine Adams

Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning
College of Sciences and Engineering
Adjunct Lecturer
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics

Sandy Bay Campus

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Chris is an early career researcher with an interest in management and learning, whilst also working in a part-time teaching capacity. In 2012, Chris completed her Masters investigating the relationship between hybrid flexible delivery and critical engagement in higher education.

Chris has some 25 years' experience outside UTAS in developing, facilitating and evaluating learning and development for the public, private sectors and not-for profit sectors. This background in leadership development, organisational change and development, and human resource management have been important conduits for her teaching in the Management discipline of TSBE and reflect her research interest in management education.


Chris has a diverse teaching portfolio within the College of Business and Economics (CoBE) and College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) at the University of Tasmania working as a Unit Coordinator with under-graduate and post-graduate students in the management discipline, work-integrated learning and in breadth unit development and delivery. Since joining UTAS in 2006 she has consistently achieved excellent teaching evaluations throughout her tenure at UTAS and utilizes online reflection as part of both formative and summative assessment. Chris has undertaken the 'flexibilization' of a number of Units at TSBE and also worked as a Research Assistant. Chris has also been engaged in marketing TSBE to the student market in India and Nepal.

In teaching and learning her focus is supporting individuals to build a sense of identity, to be excited about learning yet not fearful of failure. The intention is to create learning experiences that act as ‘stimuli’ for behavioural awareness and change. This is undertaken by encouraging higher-order critical thinking skills through experiential learning activities that can bring brain plasticity to life: long lasting functional changes that may occur when we learn new things or memorize new information.

The importance of building transformational learning experiences is reflected in Chris’ PhD research and development of a framework to enable graduate attribute development. More recent research reflects the need to move toward more inclusive, partnered learning communities using ‘Students as Partner in Global Learning’ as a ‘lead’ indicator of teaching and learning effectiveness. Chris is also an active member of an international collaborative writers’ group (ISSOTL) investigating how we measure learning and ‘not teaching’, as well as working with an internationally recognized peers on employing heutogagy to develop dispositions for the 21st century.

Chris has extensive industry including managing a Registered Training Organisation, developing, facilitating and evaluating learning for public, private sectors and not-for profit sector organisations. Chris's diverse background also includes conducting training for clients of the China/Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and pre-IELTS workshops for the University Katolik Parahyangan, Bandung, Indonesia. She gained a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) - (RSA/UCLES) in the United Kingdom.

Chris was been awarded several Teaching Certificates and Awards for her outstanding teaching performance in the School of Management and College of Science and Engineering. During the past five years she has completed several publications including books, book chapters, and conference proceedings and presentations.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDThe Road Less Travelled – a critical realist model for graduate attribute development in higher education’University of TasmaniaAustralia13/12/2016

The changing contexts of business education:  Hybrid Flexible Mode delivery compared with traditional face-to-face delivery

University of TasmaniaAustralia2012
BFA University of TasmaniaAustralia1992
DipTeach University of TasmaniaAustralia2002

Languages (other than English)

Chris speaks no other languages than English, however she is experienced in IELTS testing.


Professional practice

As a member of the following, I recognise the importance of building partnerships with key stakeholders in developing awareness of research opportunities and competency needs for current and emerging leaders:

  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • Member of Students as Partners in Global Learning (SaPGL) (Engaging Students as Partners in Global Learning – National Teaching Fellowship: Wendy Green
  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Writers’ Community of Practice (UTAS)
  • Certified Professional Australian Human Resources Network (AHRI)
  • Australian Institute for Training and Development (AITD)
  • Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
  • UTAS Health and Well-Being Network
  • TILT Fellowship study : Study of the effects of the practice of gratitude in higher education

Administrative expertise

Chris has recently fulfilled the roles of Major Coordinator for the Business Management Major and been the Management Discipline Representative on the TSBE Teaching and Learning Committee.


Leadership in organisations, organisational behaviour, creativity and business development

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Research Themes

Chris' PhD title is 'The Road Less Travelled – a critical realist model for graduate attribute development in higher education', which relates to the UTAS research theme of data, knowledge and decisions. In this research she has proposed a Model for Graduate Attribute Development that can be considered as a repository educators may draw from to produce and maintain the structures that may enhance potentiality for graduate attribute development thus supporting student capability and a sense of identity so they may better respond to changing personal and professional landscapes. As a result of this research, it is proposed that an ontological shift be embraced by educators to engage differently with a student's 'being' in the higher education learning environment. It is envisaged that this research offers new insights to add to the body of knowledge about what needs to exist for a student to think, learn and demonstrate specific graduates. The model also shows how student capability and sense of identity may emerge through graduate attribute development when the 'optimal' conditions operate in the learning environment.


Chris is a members of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) community of practice.

Current projects

Chris is a lead investigator in a Students as Partners in learning initiative within TSBE.  This project aims to improve teaching and learning in business units and to develop mutually, reciprocal relations for students and educators.

Fields of Research

  • Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy (390113)
  • Human resources management (350503)
  • Teacher education and professional development of educators (390307)
  • Work integrated learning (incl. internships) (390115)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Business systems in context (350399)

Research Objectives

  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Management (150302)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Higher education (160102)


Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2021Manarin K, Adams C, Fendler R, Marsh H, Pohl E, et al., 'Examining the focus of SoTL literature - teaching and learning?', Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 9, (1) pp. 349-364. ISSN 2167-4787 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.20343/teachlearninqu.9.1.23 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2


2016Howells K, Fitzallen N, Adams C, 'Using assessment to develop social responsibility as a graduate attribute in teacher education', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41, (6) pp. 52-67. ISSN 0313-5373 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n6.4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Howells K; Fitzallen N



(1 outputs)
2012Nelson D, Quick J, Wright S, Adams C, 'ORGB Asia-Pacific Edition', Cengage Learning, Australia, pp. 330. ISBN 9780170184977 (2012) [Authored Other Book]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2022Adams C, Jones C, 'Designing a work-integrated learning curriculum', Advances in Research, Theory and Practice in Work-integrated Learning: Enhancing Employability for a Sustainable Future (the Work'), Routledge, SJ Ferns, AD Rowe and KE Zegwaard (ed) (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2022Adams C, Jones C, 'Identifying personal beliefs and values through group sensemaking', Science + SciComm + Work: A Guide for Teaching Science Communication, The Susan Rowland Group, S Rowland and L Kuchel (ed), Australia (In Press) [Other Book Chapter]

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2014Adams C, 'Interpersonal Communication: Emotional Intelligence', Skills for academic and career success/, Pearson Australia, Australia, pp. 12-33. ISBN 9781442563216 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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Research Supervision




PhDRelationships Between Employee Mental Wellbeing, Psychological Capital, Organisational and Union Commitment: An exploration among Australian trade unions members2017