Dr Ruth Greenaway - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Ruth Greenaway

PhD Qld.UT, MLM C.Qld., BA W.Syd., Grad Dip Ed NSW 


  • Director, Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching
+61 7 5459 4707
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Sunshine Coast
Dr Ruth Greenaway


Dr Ruth Greenaway is the Director of the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CSALT). The CSALT team supports the Schools to provide innovative curriculum that leads to student success. Support is provided in the areas of Curriculum Design, Professional Learning and the use of Educational Technologies guided by the University strategic priorities, policies and procedures. The current priorities include strategies that support students in their first year of study through curriculum design, blended learning and digital literacy, multi-site delivery and online learning, embedding Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in the curriculum and Employability. Reward and recognition of excellence in learning and teaching is supported through the Advance HE Higher Education Academy Fellowships of which Ruth is a Senior Fellow. She is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Knowledge.

Ruth is the elected general staff member on University Council, a member of the Planning and Resources Committee and a Director of the Sunshine Coast Lightning. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ruth is an active researcher who is currently involved in several grants investigating new initiatives in learning and teaching. Ruth’s research interests include innovations in curriculum design and assessment, the use of technology to enhance learning both on campus and in the online environment and improving access and participation in Higher Education. She also has a keen interest in the design of innovative, technology rich learning spaces and works alongside staff and students in the development and use of next generation learning spaces including the use of Visualisation and Simulation in learning and teaching. Ruth is the project manager of the Learning and Teaching Pillar for the development of the new USC Moreton Bay campus.

Ruth has worked in both secondary and tertiary education for the past 25 years in NSW and QLD and currently teaches in the School of Education. She won an APAI scholarship to complete her PhD research titled: School-Community engagement: a critical approach to involving young people in urban planning. Ruth's work has expanded to include university-school-community engagement initiatives and grants.

Research grants

Project name        Investigators Funding body    Year Focus
Professionalisation in Academic Development

Dr Christine Slade (UQ)
Dr Ruth Greenaway
Dominique McGrath (UQ)


2016 -2017 Exploring learning designer roles in a changing higher education sector
The lifespan is for living and growing Dr Prudence Millear, Dr Ruth Greenaway and Ms Jessica Schmidt USC (A$10,000) 2015 and 2016 To renew the curriculum for developmental psychology using simulation and authentic assessment.
CommUniTI Dr Sharn Donnison, Dr Sorrel Edwards, Dr Ruth Greenaway, A/Prof Michael Christie, Mr Graham Young, Ms Rosemary Horn USC
2015 -   2016 To establish a community of practice that supports first year students transition into programs at USC Gympie.
My TED II Dr Ruth Greenaway and Dr Uwe Terton HEPPP (A$243,000) 2014 - 2015 To encourage primary school students to consider higher education opportunities.
My TED I    Dr Ruth Greenaway, Dr Uwe Terton, Dr Jackie Holt, Dr Anne Drabble and Stephen Boyd HEPPP (A$80,000) 2013 - 2014 To enhance aspirations of primary school aged children and their parents from low SES through an interactive e-book.  
Supporting Innovative Blended Learning Dr Ruth Greenaway, 
Dr Michele Verdonck, and Dr Ann Kennedy-Barr
2015 - 2016 To explore the experience of learning and teaching in a technology-enabled tiered lecture theatre.


Research areas

  • First Year in Higher Education
  • community engagement
  • Pedagogy, Assessment and online learning
  • Educational technologies and learning spaces

Teaching areas

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Education
  • Health and Physical Education

Dr Ruth Greenaway's specialist areas of knowledge include participatory research, school-community-university engagement and learning spaces.

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