Khyber Alam

Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M514), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

I have experiences as an accomplished problem-solving and strategically-oriented leader, educator, researcher, clinician, founder and executive manager of a humanitarian organisation. I have an in-depth knowledge of clinical research design/methodology and experience in using evidence-based approaches to inform my teaching methods.


Driven and innovative, experienced Course Director with skills in Lecturing, Curriculum Mapping, and Organisational Development. Nearing completion of MBA. As a Course Director, I am expected to demonstrate high-level, strategic leadership skills and a capacity to positively influence and inspire the activities of teaching staff and stakeholders. I am responsible for the academic leadership of UWA Optometry. This includes the course profile, learning and teaching quality, research activities, assessments, and clinical placements. I am accountable for collaborative research leadership and the ability to drive research excellence, along with the ability to create a vibrant student environment and to develop innovative curricula to prepare students for an ever-changing workplace while equipping students to be creative and globally engaged thinkers.


My research interests include neurodegenerative diseases of the retina, public health, vision impairment and its impact on quality of life and the evaluation of healthcare & educational services.

Teaching Philosophy

The foundation of my teaching philosophy is based on the understanding of constructive alignment of curriculum, learning activities such as Problem-Based Learning and Team-Based Learning, evidence-based teaching material, interaction design and delivery methods. I try and maintain a fine balance between subject-centred, learner-centred and problem-centred curriculum design.“Global learning requires the integration of multiple, and often diverse and conflicting, perspectives, across both macro and micro contexts” (Kahn and Agnew, 2017). Thus, my teaching philosophy centres around the fact that “difference is as much a primary component as is similarity” when it comes to teaching within a Higher Education setting.  

Teaching Overview

  • Chair of School (SAH) Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Chair of School (SAH) Board of Examiners Committee
  • Chair of Optometry Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Chair of Clinical Skills Training Committee
  • Member of University Learning and Teaching Committee (UWA)
  • Member of UWA Board of Studies (Life, Health and Natural Sciences)
  • Member of School HDR Scholarship Committee
  • Member of SAH Board
  • UWA SAH Admissions Working Group

Unit Coordinator

  • OPTM3101 Science of The Eye and Visual System
  • OPTM3104 Principles of Optometry 2
  • OPTM5101 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 1
  • OPTM5102 Optometric Practice 1
  • OPTM5103 Integrated Ophthalmic Science 2
  • OPTM5104 Optometric Practice 2

Research

Supervision and Mentoring 

Currently co-supervises 4 HDR students

Supervisor for UWA DOpt Scholoarly activity

Current projects

  • Characterisation and Correction of Higher Order Aberrations in the Irregular Cornea
  • Paediatric Eye Injuries Around the Home and Prevention Strategies Available Through KidSafe
  • To Pragmatically Evaluate the Efficacy of Ethanol Ablation (ETA) and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) on Patient Recorded Outcome Measures (PROMs) in Pain, Function and Ability in Patients with Morton's Neuroma
  • Transient Increased Intra-Ocular Pressure and Central Retinal and Choroidal Thickness
  • Computer-based, Motorcycle Inattentional Blindness Study
 

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Vision Science, Deakin University

Master of Optometry, Deakin University

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), Deakin University

Master of Business Administration, Deakin University

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching , The University of Western Australia

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, Lions Eye Institute

1 May 2022 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Vision Research
  • Low Vision
  • Public Health
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry

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