Sally Male

Dr, BE PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M018), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 4.22, Electrical Engineering Building, Perth campus

    6009 Crawley

    Australia

  • 91 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
20052019
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Personal profile

Biography

I have the Chair in Engineering Education.

My overarching ambition, that motivates my research and activities, is to give engineering students the best possible opportunity to develop their capabilities and strengthen their personal qualities for successful lives contributing professional leadership and general benefit to a well-functioning society. I undertake research in engineering education, higher education, and women in engineering. I have completed projects to improve engineering curricula and gender inclusion in engineering and computing.

I use quantitative and qualitative methods, and have worked with engineers at all levels, academics and students.

I welcome applications from people interested in completing a PhD in engineering education or women in engineering.

Roles and responsibilities

I lead a program of engineering education research, and first class teaching and learning in engineering. I am especially focussed on high standards and engaging with practice throughout the curriculum.

I was selected a member of the UWA ATHENA SWAN Self Assessment Team, and elected to UWA Academic Board.

Funding overview

National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education 2017 'Access to Work Integrated Learning: Influence of Communities of Practice'

Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching 2015 'Virtual Work Integrated Learning for Engineering Students'

Australian Government Office for Learning & Teaching 2014 Strategic Priority Grant 'Student Experiences of Threshold Capability Development with Intensive Mode Teaching'

Australian Government Office for Learning & Teaching 2013 Seed Grant 'Gender inclusivity of engineering students' experiences of workplace learning'

UWA Education Research Seed Funding Grant 2013 'Investigation of Gender Inclusivity of Student Exposure to Engineering Practice at UWA'

UWA Research Collaboration Award - International Engineering Thresholds 2011 'International Engineering Thresholds'

UWA Faculty of Engineering, Computing, and Mathematics Research Development Award 2012 'Students' Experiences of Threshold Concepts'

Australian Council of Engineering Deans support for Engineering Thresholds: An Approach to Curriculum Renewal 2010

Industrial relevance

In addition to my research on enhancing industry engagement in engineering degrees, and gender inclusivity of engineering workplaces, for my PhD, I studied industry perceptions of competencies required by engineers graduating in Australia.

Teaching overview

My research informs continuous improvement of engineering education nationally. I have developed and facilitated numerous workshops on curriculum development to educators in universities around Australia.

I oversee the Professional Practicum in the Masters of Professional Engineering. Additionally, I am the Program Chair for the first two years of the Engineering Science major, coordinate the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Design Project Units ELEC 5551 and 5552, and have primary responsibility for the introductory engineering unit ENSC 2011. I have supervised engineering students at final year, masters, and PhD levels.

I have given numerous invited presentations on higher education, engineering education, and women in engineering.

Research

Virtual Work Integrated Learning for Engineering Students. An Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Innovation and Development Project. www.ecm.uwa.edu.au/vwil

Student Experiences of Threshold Capability Development with Intensive Mode Teaching. An Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Strategic Priority Project
http://uwa.edu.au/imt

Enhancing industry engagement in engineering education. I undertook the research and was the project manager on the project 'Enhancing industry engagement in engineering degrees', for the Australian Council of Engineering Deans. Twelve universities participated in the project along with peak industry bodies. The project had two themes. In Theme 1 guidelines with recommendations for effective industry engagement in engineering degrees were developed and tested (https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/content-files/ACED/aced_industry_engagement_guidelines.pdf). Theme 1 involved surveys and interviews with industry members, academics, and students; forums in which the draft guidelines were reviewed, and testing and evaluation of the guidelines. In Theme 2, academics developed industry-inspired projects to be completed by students in engineering units.

Other projects:

Gender inclusivity in engineering education.
http://www.ecm.uwa.edu.au/staff/learning/research/gender-inclusivity
http://www.olt.gov.au/project-gender-inclusivity-engineering-studentsapos-experiences-workplace-learning-2013

Engineering thresholds: an approach to curriculum renewal
http://www.ecm.uwa.edu.au/students/learning/research/engineering-threshold-concepts

Competencies of engineering graduates http://www.ecm.uwa.edu.au/research/education/competencies-of-engineering-graduates/

Keywords

  • Engineering education
  • Industry engagement in engineering education
  • Women in engineering
  • Gender inclusivity of engineering
  • Threshold concepts

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2005 2018

Investigation of students’ experiences of gendered cultures in engineering workplaces

Male, S., Gardner, A., Figueroa, E. & Bennett, D. 2018 In : European Journal of Engineering Education. 43, 3, p. 360-377 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

workplace
Students
engineering
experience
student

An Australian study of possible selves perceived by undergraduate engineering students

Bennett, D. & Male, S. A. 2017 In : European Journal of Engineering Education. 42, 6, p. 603-617 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Students
engineering
student
Technical presentations
self-efficacy

A student-staff community of practice within an inter-university final-year project

Bennett, D. & Male, S. A. 2017 Implementing communities of practice in higher education: Dreamers and schemers. McDonald, J. & Cater-Steel, A. (eds.). Singapore: Springer Singapore, p. 325-346 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Engineering education
Students
Supervisory personnel
Drawing (graphics)
Internet telephony

Intensive Mode Teaching for the delivery of engineering content to students at a Chinese university

Doe, P., Jaikaran-Doe, S., Lyden, S., Ming, L., Bingzhonga, R., Penga, Y. & Male, S. 2017 Proceedings of 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2017). Huda, N., Inglis, D., Tse, N. & Town, G. (eds.). Sydney: Macquarie University, p. 474-483 10 p. 088

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

Open Access
File
engineering
university
Teaching
student
English language

Student Experiences of Threshold Capability Development in a Computational Fluid Dynamics Unit Delivered in Intensive Mode

Male, S. & Leggoe, J. 2017 Proceedings of 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2017): Integrated Engineering. Huda, N., Inglis, D., Tse, N. & Town, G. (eds.). Sydney: Macquarie University, p. 369-377 9 p. 071

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

Open Access
File
Computational fluid dynamics
Students
Teaching
Software packages
Boundary conditions