Jennifer Shand

Dr, PhD E.Cowan, Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Jennifer Shand is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia in the Graduate School of Education. During this time, she has coordinated the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and the Graduate Diploma in Education. Her substantive role is senior lecturer in English curriculum and has interests in secondary literacy and literature education. Dr Shand has developed units in secondary initial teacher education on Contemporary Pedagogies and Practices and General Capabilities Across the Curriculum.

Dr Shand’s industry and curriculum discipline expertise lies in English and Literature curriculum teaching. Having taught English between years 7 to 12 and Literature between years 11 and 12, she has been a strong WACE performer, school based English and Literature year level coordinator,  n a Head of Learning Area and Assistant Director. She also has extensive experience in the vocational education and training sector and led a professional development team in TAFE NSW.

Dr Shand supervises Higher Degree Research students in secondary English,  learning environments, writing and grammar pedagogy and instruction, pastoral care and Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Recent graduates have received an Honourable mention for the UWA Graduate Research School Dean’s List and Fogarty Student Research Prize.

She has been active in year 12 WACE examinations and was the Chief Examiner for Literature between 2015 and 2019 and the Chief Marker for Literature between 2012 and 2015. Between 2010 and 2022, Jennifer was a member of the Literature Course Advisory Committee with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (WA). Jennifer provides professional development activities on World Literature and the Literary Close Reading and has given a number of conference presentations on these topics.

An interest in Collaborative Online International Learning has resulted in collaborative projects on World Literature and Cultural Pedagogies with Universitas Negeri Jakarta and Durban University of Technology.


Roles and responsibilities

Program coordinator of Master of Teaching (Secondary) and Graduate Diploma of Education (2017 – 2022)

Funding overview

Mentoring Education Students Placed In Disadvantaged Schools – Alumni People’s Choice Winner 2017

Teaching overview

EDUC 5633: Educational Research Analysis (2023)

EDUC 6520: Master's Dissertation

EDUC 5631: Research Design

EDUC 5460: English Curriculum I (2015 to the present)

EDUC 5470: English Curriculum II (2015 to the present)

EDUC 5429: Contemporary Pedagogies and Practices (2022 to the present)

EDUC 5515: Research for Learning Years 7-12 (2015, 2019 – 2022)

EDUC 5511: Learning with Young Adult Fiction (2016 – 2021)

EDUC 5410: General Capabilities Across the Curriculum for years 7-12 (2017-2021)


Literature Education
Writing Pedagogy
Young Adult Fiction and reading
Preservice teacher education and mentoring

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, From Essay to Resume: A Study of Genre and Discursive Positioning in Senior School English.

Award Date: 20 Oct 2012

Graduate Diploma of Education

Award Date: 12 Dec 1992

Master of Letters, The Search for Female Identity: A study of the works of Dorothy Hewitt

Award Date: 14 Nov 1987

Bachelor of Social Science

Award Date: 10 Nov 1984

Research expertise keywords

  • Senior English curriculum
  • Senior literature curriculum
  • Writing pedagogy
  • Adolescent literacy
  • English curriculum education
  • Young adult fiction


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