Dr Kerri-Lee Harris

Honorary Senior Fellow

Melbourne CSHE

Dr Kerri-Lee Harris was a full-time academic staff member of the Melbourne CSHE between 2004 and 2011. During that time much of her research was associated with higher education policy development, including various projects for government and other commissioning agencies.

Kerri-Lee has extensive experience in the development of policies and guidelines to promote and recognise effective university teaching. She directed a national project to develop resources for institutional implementation of peer review of teaching programs. Kerri-Lee also directed the 2006 Melbourne CSHE project to develop selection criteria and guidelines for the national Awards for Australian University Teaching. She was involved in the preceding project that developed the structure of the revised Awards Scheme, and directed a subsequent project on guidelines for the ALTC Fellowship Scheme. This policy-related work involved extensive consultation with higher education institutions across Australia.

Higher education quality assurance and, in particular, the measurement and monitoring of academic standards, is another area of Kerri-Lee's work with the Melbourne CSHE. In 2009 she prepared a review of international developments for the Australian Universities Quality Agency and subsequently contributed to the development of a Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) discussion paper on a framework for teaching and learning standards.

Kerri-Lee was a member of the team that developed the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement, Australia's version of a diploma supplement. She subsequently led DEEWR's annual, national workshops supporting AHEGS implementation by universities. This experience led to APEC-commissioned projects to develop diploma supplements appropriate for the diverse higher education environments across APEC member economies.

With a science-based PhD, Kerri-Lee retains a keen interest in science teaching and learning. In 2011-2012, on behalf of the Australian Council of Deans of Science, she completed a large-scale, qualitative study investigating the influence of science on Australian society. Through this survey, more than 800 people described the influence of their science backgrounds, both in their work and in their lives more broadly. Earlier projects for the ACDS include two nationwide studies into the university preparation of science and mathematics teachers in Australian secondary schools. Other science-related projects include several studies into the effectiveness of peer mentoring programs linking university science students with school science teaching.

Kerri-Lee has also developed a range of practical resources to support university teaching. The Guide for Reviewing Assessment was released in 2005 and has since been adopted across the University and continues to generate interest elsewhere – both nationally and internationally. She led the ALTC-funded national assessment project which developed the bioassess website, a unique resource which presents, for the first time, a discipline-focussed and comprehensive synthesis of good practice in university assessment.

Prior to joining the Melbourne CSHE, Kerri-Lee taught undergraduate biology at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD and early post-doctoral research was in the field of developmental neurobiology.

Current and recent research projects

A Background in Science: What science means for Australian society (2011-2012)
Funded by the Australian Council of Deans of Science
Kerri-Lee Harris

APEC higher education diploma supplement: Development and Implementation (2011-2012)
Funded by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Richard James, Jack Keating (MGSE), Kerri-Lee Harris, Andrea Bateman.

APEC higher education diploma supplement project (2010)
Funded by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat
Richard James (project director), Kerri-Lee Harris, Lynn Meek (LHMartin Institute), Grant Harman (CHEMP, UNE)

Engaging students in science through university-school partnerships:  an independent analysis of the In2science peer mentoring program in Victoria(2009) Commissioned by In2Science Board & Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Government of Victoria
Kerri-Lee Harris  and Angelito Calma

Academic standards: current trends in setting and monitoring standards of student achievement Commissioned by Australian Universities Quality Agency
Kerri-Lee Harris

Peer Review of Teaching in Australian Higher Education: A handbook to support institutions in developing and embedding effective policies and practices (2007-08) Funded by  Australian Learning & Teaching Council (Priority Projects Program)
A collaborative project between: University of Melbourne (Melbourne CSHE)   & University of Wollongong (CEDIR: K-L. Harris (project director),    K. Farrell, M. Bell, M. Devlin and R. James.

Proposal for an Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (2007-8)
Funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Directed by Richard James (Melbourne CSHE) and Lynn Meek (LH Martin Institute),   with Grant Harman, Jeanette van der Lee, Peter Corrigan, Leo   Goedegebuure, Kerri-Lee Harris

Evaluation of First Year Chemistry Tutorials (2008)
Study conducted for the School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne
Chi Baik and Kerri-Lee Harris

Choosing to Study Science at University in Victoria: An exploration of tertiary aspirations of Victorian school students (2008)
Commissioned by La Trobe University
Claire Jennings and Kerri-Lee Harris

The University Experience and Generic Skills (2007-8)
A University of Melbourne Project with Pip Pattison (Director),   Paul Badcock (Project Manager), Richard James, Kerri-Lee Harris, Harald   Sondergaard, Steve James, Michelle Livett, Grahame Moore, and Barbara Hammond.

Bioassess: Enhancing assessment in the biological sciences (2005-7)
Funded by  Carrick Institute for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (now ALTC)
Collaborative project between: University of Melbourne [K-L.   Harris (joint project director), K-L. Krause (joint project director),   D. Gleeson; R. Garnett (project officer)] and University of Sydney [M.   Peat and C. Taylor]

The Preparation of Mathematics Teachers in Australia; Meeting the demand for suitably qualified mathematics teachers in secondary schools (2006)
Commissioned by Australian Council of Deans of Science
K-L. Harris (project director) and F. Jensz (project officer)

Who's Teaching Science? Meeting the demand for qualified science teachers in Australian secondary schools? (2005)
Commissioned by Australian Council of Deans of Science
K-L. Harris,  F. Jensz and G. Baldwin

Longitudinal Evaluation of the STAR Peer Tutoring Programme (2006)Commissioned by Social Ventures Australia & AMP Youth Boost
K-L. Harris (project director), J. Shaw, and Z. Smith

Carrick Fellowship Scheme: Information, guidelines and nomination instructions (2006)
Commissioned by             Carrick Institute for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (now ALTC)
K-L. Harris and R. James

Evaluation of the In2science Peer Mentoring Program (2006)Commissioned by In2science Program Board (Deans of Science of La Trobe and Melbourne)
K-L. Harris and K. Farrell

Carrick Awards for Australian University Teaching: Proposal for selection criteria and nomination guidelines (2006)
Commissioned by           Carrick Institute for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (now ALTC)
K-L. Harris (project director), K-L. Krause, R. James, L. Howard and R. Garnett

Recommendations for an expanded program of Australian Awards for University Teaching (2005)
Commissioned by           Carrick Institute for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (now ALTC)
R. James, K-L. Harris, K-L. Krause. L. Howard and R. Garnett

Higher Education publications

Badcock, P., Pattison, P. & Harris, K-L. (2010). Developing generic skills through university study: a  study of arts, science and engineering in Australia. Higher Education. 60(4), 441-458.

Harris, K-L. (2009). International trends in establishing the standards of academic achievement in higher   education: an independent report and analysis. Australian Universities Quality Agency.

Harris, K-L., Farrell, K., Bell, M., Devlin, M. & James, R. (2008). Peer Review of Teaching in Australian Higher Education: A handbook to support institutions in developing and embedding effective policies and practices. Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne.

Harris, K-L. & Dedman, H. Developing the third strand of university activity: mapping the involvement of students and staff in knowledge transfer activities. Paper presented to the 30th Annual EAIR Forum, Copenhagen. August 2008

Harris, K-L. & Jones, D. (2008). Creating Effective Websites for University Teaching: An educational framework. Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne.

Harris. K-L. (2007). A critical examination of a recent performance-based incentive fund for teaching excellence in Australia. In Funding Higher Education: The question of who pays. Eds. Longden & Harris. EAIR, Netherlands

Longden,B. & Harris, K-L. Editors (2007) Funding Higher Education: A Question of Who Pays. Monograph No. 2 in Research, Policy and Practice in Higher Education, EAIR, Netherlands.

Harris, K-L. and Farrell, K. (2007). The science shortfall:   An analysis of the shortage of suitably qualified science teachers in   Australian schools and the policy implications for universities. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 29(2), 159-171.

Harris, K-L., Farrell, K., and James, R. (2007). Measuring   the quality of university teaching: The Australian experience of   performance indicators for teaching. Higher Education Forum, 4, 47-59.   RIHE, Hiroshima.

Harris, K-L. and James, R. (2006). The Course Experience Questionnaire, Graduate Destinations Survey and the Learning and Teaching Performance Fund in Australian higher education. Public Policy for Academic Quality. Research Program, UNC. In Higher Education Dynamics, Volume 30. Public Policy for Academic Quality: Analysis of innovative policy instruments. Editors Dill, D.D. & Beerkens, M. Springer

Harris, K-L. and James, R. (2006). Facilitating reflection on assessment policies and practices: A planning framework for educative review of assessment. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 3(2), pp23-36.
Harris, K-L. (2005). Guide for Reviewing Assessment. Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne.

Science research publications

Rickert, C., Kunz, T., Harris, K-L., Whitington, P.M. and Technau, G.M. (under review). Labeling of single cells in the ventral nerve cord of Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Rickert, C., Kunz, T., Harris, K-L., Whitington, P.M. and Technau, G.M. (2011). Morphological characterisation of the entire interneuron population reveals principles of neuromere organization in the ventral nerve cord of Drosophila. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(44), 15870-15883.

Rickert, C., Kunz, T., Harris, K-L., Whitington, P. and Technau, G.M. (2006) Catalog of interneuronal cell types in the late embryonic nervous system of Drosophila. Journal of Neurogenetics 20, 208-209.

Parsons L., Harris K-L., Turner K. and Whitington P. (2003), roundabout gene family functions during sensory axon guidance in the Drosophila embryo are mediated by both Slit-dependent and Slit independent mechanisms. Developmental Biology, 264: 363-375.

Hime, G.R., Abud, H.E., Garner, B., Harris, K-L. and Robertson, H. (2001). Dynamic expression of alternate splice forms of D-cbl during embryogenesis. Mechanisms of Development, 102: 235-238.

Harris, K-L., and Whitington, P.M. (2001). Pathfinding by lch5 sensory axons in Drosophila:: substrates and choice points in early lch5 axon outgrowth. Journal of  Neurobiology, 48: 243-255.

Lee, S., Harris, K-L., Whitington, P.M., and Kolodziej, P.A. (2000). short stop is allelic to kakapo, and encodes rod-like cytoskeletal-associated proteins required for axon extension. Journal of Neuroscience, 20, 1096-1108.

Whitington, P.M., Harris K-L., and Leach, D. (1996). Early axonogenesis in the embryo of a primitive insect, the silverfish Ctenolepisma longicaudata. Roux's Archiv. Developmental Biology 205, 272-281.

Other news   articles and presentations

Harris, K-L. Stepping into Standards. Campus Review, 14 Sep 2009.

Harris, K-L. (July-August, 2008). Series of five articles for Campus Review, reporting on the public policy seminar series Investing in the Future: Renewing Australian Tertiary Education. Campus Review, 8 July 2008 (Vol 18, #27, p 5); 29 July 2008 (Vol 18, #30, p1); 5 August 2008 (Vol 18, #31, p1); 12 August 2008 (Vol 18, #32,   p1); 19 August 2008 (Vol 19, # 32, p3)

Harris, K-L (on behalf of the project team). Peer Review of Teaching in Australian Higher Education. Presentation to Universities Australia D/PVC(A) Forum, 15 May 2008, Canberra.

Harris, K-L (on behalf of the project team). Development of a National Diploma Supplement: Update on progress. Presentation to Universities Australia D/PVC(A) Forum, 28 November, 2007, Sydney.

Harris, K-L. Funding war doubts after results shock (October 10, 2007). The Australian, p31.(commentary on the outcomes of the 2007 round of the Learning & Teaching Performance Fund).

Harris, K-L (on behalf of the project team). The National Diploma Supplement Project. Presentation to Professions Australia meeting, 29 May 2007, Melbourne.

Harris, K-L. (Oct 29, 2007). Why do a science degree? The influences on students choosing to study science in Australia. Presentation at the 2007 Teaching & Learning Week Science Education Symposium, The University of Queensland.

Harris, K-L. (June 15, 2007). Recruiting maths-trained teachers. In: Directions in Education. Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL), 16 (11).

Harris, K-L. (2006). A critical examination of a new Australian incentive fund for teaching excellence. Proceedings of the 28th Annual EAIR Forum, Rome. August 2006.

Harris, K-L. (2006). Addressing the looming crisis in suitably qualified science teachers in Australian secondary schools. Proceedings of the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Research Conference 2006. August 2006.

Harris, K-L. Who's teaching science in Australia's secondary schools? (June 13-27, 2005). Uninews, University of Melbourne. pp4-5