Janet Turley - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Janet Turley

MA (Research) (Information and Library Studies) Lough., BA (Hons) (Medieval and Modern History) Birm.

  • Associate Lecturer, Communication
+61 7 5456 5897
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SD J.5.34
Sunshine Coast
Janet Turley

Janet has been an educator and librarian for over twenty years in a range of tertiary, corporate and public organisations. Janet is currently an Associate Lecturer in communication, and part of a large foundational first year communication and skills course that is mandatory for all first year students to complete.

Her research interests include learning and teaching strategies that take a whole of the University approach, holistic student skill development and first year retention and transition to University.


Citation Award, 2017, Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). Awarded to Janet as part of the COR109 team in recognition for a collaborative transdisciplinary team culture, which facilitates an exemplary supportive tertiary education experience for first year students through scholarly and informed curricula and resources.

Citation Award, 2012, Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) awarded to Janet and Johanna Einfalt for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning ‘for designing and driving a sustained assessment support model built on collaborative partnerships and paving the way for student growth in skill, independence and peer-to-peer learning.’ 

Research areas

  • first year student learning experience
  • student self-efficacy through engagement with support services
  • feedback for learning
  • reducing anxiety for students in public speaking
  • food security in the Pacific Island region

Teaching areas

  • Communication
  • Information Literacy in the Field of Business

Janet Turley’s specialist areas of knowledge include, student retention, engagement and transitions and the second-year student experience.

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