Professor Chi Baik

B.Comm, B. Teaching (Hons), M.Ed, D.Ed (Melb)

Deputy Director and Professor in Higher Education
Melbourne CSHE

Chi is Deputy Director of the Melbourne CSHE and a Professor in higher education. Her broad research interests centre on the quality of the student experience and factors affecting the educational experiences and outcomes of students from diverse backgrounds. She has led major studies that have contributed to informing institutional policies and practices including national projects on the first year experience, student mental wellbeing, and international student engagement. She has been the recipient or co-recipient of over $2.3 million in research and development grants, including six nationally competitive grants.

Much of Chi’s work at the Melbourne CSHE focuses on the development of programs and resources to promote and recognise effective university teaching and to improve student engagement. She currently coordinates the Melbourne CSHE’s suite of professional development activities in teaching and learning for academic staff including the University’s Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (GCUT).

Selected Recent Publications

Baik, C., Larcombe, W., & Brooker, A. (2019). Supporting student mental wellbeing in universities: what students say. Higher Education Research & Development.

Smith, C. & Baik, C. (2019). High impact teaching practices in higher education: A best evidence review, Studies in Higher Education,

Munoz, C., Baik, C. & Lodge, J. (2019) Teacher and student interactions in the first year of university. Journal of Further and Higher Education,

Baik, C., Naylor, R. Corrin, L.,(2018). Developing a framework for university-wide improvement in the training and support of ‘casual’ academics. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 40(4), 375-389.

Baik, C. (2018). The international student experience: Ongoing challenges and emerging issues. Higher Education Forum, 15, 91-104.

Arkoudis, S., Dollinger, M., Baik, C. & Patience, A. (2018). International students’ experience in Australian higher education: can we do better? Higher Education.

Marangell, S., Arkoudis, S. & Baik, C. (2018). Developing a host culture for international students: What does it take? Journal of International Students, 8(3), 1440-1458.

Baik, C., Larcombe, W., Brooker, A., Wyn, J., Allen, L., Field, R. & James, R.(2017). Enhancing student mental wellbeing. Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

Baik, C., Naylor, R., Arkoudis, S. & Dabrowski, A. (2017) Examining the experiences of first-year students with low tertiary admission scores in Australian universities. Studies in Higher Education, 1-13.

Naylor, R., Baik,C. & Arkoudis, S. (2017). Identifying attrition risk based on the first year experience. Higher Education Research & Development, 1-15.

Brooker, A., Baik, C. & Larcombe, W. (2017). Understanding academic educators’ work in supporting student wellbeing. In  Walker R.G. & Bedford S.B. (Eds.), Higher Research and Development in Higher Education: Curriculum Transformation, 40, 50 – 60.

Naylor, R. Chakravati, S. & Baik, C. (2017). Expectations and experiences of off-campus PhD students in Australia. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 1-15.

Haldane, S., Hinchcliff, K., Mansell, P., & Baik, C. (2017). Expectations of graduate communication skills in professional veterinary practice. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 44(2), 268-279.

Naylor, R., Chakravati, S. & Baik, C. (2016). Differing motivations and requirements in PhD student cohorts: A case study. Issues in Educational research, 26(2), 351-367.

Larcombe, W., Finch, S., Sore, R., Murray, C., Kentish, S., Mulder, R., Baik, C., Toklatilidis, O., & Williams, D. (2016). Prevalence and socio-demographic correlates of psychological distress among students at an Australian university. Studies in Higher Education, 41 (6), 1074-1091.

Gao, Y., Baik, C. & Arkoudis, S. (2015). Internationalization of Higher education. In Huisman, J., Boer, H., Dill, D & Souto-Otero, M. (eds) The Palgrave International Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Baik, C., Naylor, R. & Arkoudis, S. (2015). The first year experience in Australian universities: Findings from two decades, 1994-2014. Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne.

James, R., Baik, C., Millar, V., Naylor, R., Bexley, E., Kennedy, G., Krause, K-L., Hughes-Warrington, M., Sadler, D. & Booth, S. (2015). Advancing the quality and status of teaching in Australian higher education: Ideas for enhanced professional recognition for teaching and teachers. Sydney: Office for Learning and Teaching, Department of Education and Training.

For publications before 2015 see Find an Expert.

Doctoral Research Supervision


Lucy Miceli, Student experiences of collaborative group projects in higher education (PhD, 2019)
Dina Uzhegova, Internationalisation of Russian Higher Education (PhD, 2019)
Salita Seedokmai, Harmonisation of higher education systems in ASEAN: An analysis if drivers and impediments (PhD, 2018)
Norazah Abdul-Aziz, Internationalisation and the development of intercultural competence in Malaysian higher education (PhD, 2017)
Valerie Cotronei-Baird, Employability in the Business curriculum (PhD, 2017)
Douglas Proctor, Academic staff and international engagement in Australian higher education (PhD, 2016)
Quyen Do, Benchmarking as a quality assurance tool in higher education (PhD, 2016)
Yuan Gao, Indicators for Internationalising the student experience (PhD,2015)
EunYoung Kyung, Asia’s new regionalism in higher education: CAMPUS Asia, (PhD, 2015)
Joan Greig, Implementing interdisciplinarity in an undergraduate curriculum, (DEd, 2012)
Victoria Millar, The structuring of knowledge for interdisciplinary teaching in higher education, (PhD, 2011)

Current supervisions

Jiadi Cai, Interaction among diverse student groups (PhD)
Ben Symon, Early career academics' translation of professional learning experiences into their teaching contexts: a longitudinal investigation (PhD)
Claudia Rivera, The First year experience in Chilean Higher Education (PhD)
Samantha Marangell, Social integration of international students in Australian universities (PhD)
Jo Russell, Fostering self-regulated learning in biomedicine (PhD)
Peter Sorenson, Visual Imagery in International students’ choices of universities (PhD)
Thomas Matthew, Factors affecting employability of postgraduate nursing students (DEd)