Professor Sophie Arkoudis

PhD, MEd, Dip Ed, BA

2012 Office for Learning and Teaching National Senior Teaching Fellow

Associate Director and Professor in Higher Education

Melbourne CSHE

Sophie Arkoudis is Associate Director of the Melbourne CSHE and a Professor in Higher Education at the University of Melbourne.  She is a national and international researcher in higher education.  Her research program spans English language teaching and assessment in higher education, student employability, quality of teaching and learning, academic workforce and internationalising the curriculum. Sophie is currently co-director of an Office for Learning and Teaching Strategic Priority Commissioned project on strengthening the evidence-base for communication skills in higher education.

Sophie has published widely in the area of English language education. She has presented keynotes both nationally and internationally on her research into language and disciplinary teaching, English language standards, international students in higher education and English language development. She has supervised 17 research higher degree students to successful completion.

Selection of recent publications

Books and monographs

Baik, C., Naylor, R. & Arkoudis, S. (2015) The first year experience in Australian universities: Findings from two decades, 1994-2014. Melbourne: Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, ISBN: 9780992297480.

Arkoudis, S. (2014). Integrating English language communication skills into disciplinary curricula: Options and strategies. Sydney: Office of Learning and Teaching.

Arkoudis, S., and Doughney, L. (2014). Good Practice Report: English Language Proficiency. Canberra: Office for Learning and Teaching.

Arkoudis, S., Baik, C., Bexley, E. & Doughney, L. (2014) English language proficiency and employability framework: For Australian higher education institutions. Commissioned report for Australian Department of Education,

Arkoudis, S., Baik, C. and Richardson, S. (2012) English language in higher education: From entry to exit, Camberwell: ACER.

Wheelahan, L., Arkoudis, S., Moodie, G., Fredman, N. and Bexley, E. (2012) Shaken not stirred?  The Development of One Tertiary Education sector in Australia. NCVER.

Journal articles and book chapters

Arkoudis, S. & Doughney, L. (2016) Improving English language learning outcomes in Australian universities: Some critical issues (297-314).  In Ng, C., Fox, B. and Nakano, M. (eds.) Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects. Springer

Arkoudis, S. & Doughney, L. (2015) Steps to assuring EAL international students’ ELP at exit: It’s not rocket science. Ata, A. & Kostogriz, A. (eds.) International Education and Cultural-Linguistic Experiences of International Students in Australia, (pp. 167-180). Queensland: Australian Academic Press Group.  ISBN 9781922117465.

Gao, Y., Baik, C. & Arkoudis, S. (2015) Internationalisation of higher education. De Boer, H.  (ed). Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance, (pp. 300-321).  UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Arkoudis, S. (2014) The interaction for learning framework: enhancing interaction between domestic and international students in higher education. Journal of Oceanian Education Studies, Vol. 20, 27-41.

Arkoudis, S. & Baik, C. (2014) Crossing the interaction divide between international and domestic students in higher education. HERDSA Review of Higher Education, Vol. 1, 47-62.

Arkoudis, S., Watty, K., Baik, C., Borland, H., Chang, S., Lang, I., Lang, J., & Pearce, A. (2013)  Finding common ground: enhancing interaction between domestic and international students, Teaching in Higher Education, 18(3), 222-235.

Arkoudis, S. (2013). English language standards and allegations of soft-marking. In Marginson, S. (Ed) Tertiary education policy in Australia. Melbourne: CSHE.

Arkoudis, S. (2013) Getting serious about English language standards in higher education.  Magnan, M., Soderquist, M., van Liempd, H. G. and Luittman, F. (eds), Internationalisation of Higher Education Handbook. Germany: RAABE Academic Publishers.

Bexley, E., Arkoudis, S. & James, R. (2012) The motivations, values and future plans of Australian academics, Higher Education, DOI 10.1007/s10734-012-9550-3.

Arkoudis, S., Bexley, E. & James. R. (2012). Addressing the Challenge of Maintaining the Australian Academic Workforce. Higher Education Forum, 9. RIHE, Hiroshima.

Arkoudis, S. & Tran, L. (2010) Writing blah, blah, blah: Academics' approaches and challenges in supporting international students, International Journal for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 22(2), 169-178.

O'Loughlin, K. and Arkoudis, S. (2009) Investigating IELTS exit score gains in higher education, IELTS Reports Volume 10, 95-180.

Book  length research reports

Bexley, E., Daroesman, S., Arkoudis, S. & James, R. (2013). University student finances in 2012: A study of the financial circumstances of domestic and international students in Australia's universities. Canberra: Universities Australia.

Wheelahan, L., Leahy, M., Fredman, N., Moodie, G., Arkoudis, S. & Bexley, E. (2012). Missing links: The fragmented relationship between tertiary education and jobs. Commissioned report prepared for NCVER.

Arkoudis, S., Baik, C., Marginson, S, and Cassidy, E. (2012) Internationalising the student Experience in Australian Tertiary Education: Developing criteria and indicators, Canberra: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Bexley, E., James, R. and Arkoudis, S. (2011) The Australian Academic Profession in Transition. Commissioned report prepared for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Arkoudis, S., Yu, X., Baik, C., Borland, H., Chang, S., Lang, I., Lang, J., Pearce, A. and Watty, K. (2010) Finding Common Ground: Enhancing interaction between domestic and international students, Sydney, ALTC.

Arkoudis, S. Hawthorne, L., Baik, C., Hawthorne, G. O'Loughlin, K., Leach, D. and Bexley, E. (2009) The Impact of English Language Proficiency and Workplace Readiness on Employment Outcomes and Performance of Tertiary International Students, Canberra: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.