Dr Jenny Pizzica


Academic Developer

Email: jenny.pizzica@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4400

  • Biography

    Dr Jenny Pizzica is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Developer in the Learning and Teaching Office.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has more than twenty years’ experience in academic development and designing and coordinating graduate programs in higher education. She has held academic appointments at Western Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney and Sydney University and has expertise in curriculum development, flexible learning environments and scholarly approaches to learning and teaching. Jenny is experienced in qualitative research methodologies and her research interests include learning and teaching in higher education, academic practice, phenomenology and sociomateriality.

  • Teaching areas

    • Curriculum design
    • Assessment
    • Academic practice
    • Higher education pedagogies
    • Cross-cultural perspectives in higher education
  • Research expertise & supervision

    Jenny co-supervises doctoral students in the areas of:

    • Higher education
    • University learning and teaching
    • Academic practices
    • Qualitative methodologies
  • Book chapters

    • Peseta, T., Pizzica J., Beathe, A. Jose, C., Lynch, R., Mathos, M. Nguyen, K., & Raza, H. (forthcoming). A partnership mindset: Students as partners for and beyond the university in P. Felten & J. Moore (Eds), The Power of Student-Staff Partnership: Revolutionizing Higher Education, Elon University Press.
    • Barrie, S. & Pizzica, J. (2019). Reimagining university curriculum for a disrupted future of work: Partnership Pedagogy in J. Higgs, G. Crisp & W. Letts (Eds), Education for Employability: Learning for Future Possibilities, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense-Brill Publishers.
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • Kirkup, L., Waite, K., Beames, S., Mears, A., Pizzica, J., & Watkins, S. (2015). National Science Agency – University Collaboration Inspires an Inquiry-Oriented Experiment. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23(5), 66-78. Retrieved from http://openjournals.library.usyd.edu.au/index.php/CAL
    • Wozniak, H., Pizzica, J., & Mahony, M. J. (2012). Design-based research principles for student orientation to online study: Capturing the lessons learnt. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(5), 896-911.
    • Forsyth, H., Pizzica, J., Laxton, R., & Mahony, M. J. (2010). Distance education in an era of eLearning: challenges and opportunities for a campus‐focused institution. Higher Education Research & Development, 29(1), 15-28. doi:10.1080/07294360903421350
    • Kirkup, L., Pizzica, J., Waite, K., & Srinivasan, L. (2010). Realizing a framework for enhancing the laboratory experiences of non-physics majors: from pilot to large-scale implementation. European Journal of Physics, 31(5), 1061-1070.
    • Wozniak, H., Mahony, M. J., Lever, T., & Pizzica, J. (2009). Stepping through the orientation looking glass: a staged approach for postgraduate students. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(2), 221-234.
  • Conference papers

    Refereed Conference Papers:

    • Pizzica, J., Heard, R., & Thistlethwaite, J. (2017). University teacher development program impact beyond graduation: More than changing the individual. In R.G. Walker & S.B. Bedford (Eds.), Research and Development in Higher Education: Curriculum Transformation, 40 (pp 303-312). Sydney, Australia, 27–30 June 2017. Retrieved from: http://www.herdsa.org.au/research-and-development-higher-education-vol-40-303
    • Gosper, M., McKenzie, J., Pizzica, J., Malfroy, J., & Ashford-Rowe, K. (2014). Student use of technologies for learning what has changed since 2010? In B. Hegarty, J. McDonald, & & S.-K. Loke (Eds.), Rhetoric and reality: Critical perspectives on educational technology. Proceedings ascilite Dunedin 2014 (pp. 290-301). Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/dunedin2014/files/concisepapers/
      McKenzie, J., Pizzica, J., Gosper, M., Malfroy, J., & Ashford-Rowe, K. (2014). Socio-economic status and students' experiences of technologies: Is there a digital divide? In B. Hegarty, J. McDonald, & S.-K. Loke (Eds.), Rhetoric and reality: Critical perspectives on educational technology. Proceedings ascilite Dunedin 2014 (pp. 688-692). Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/dunedin2014/files/concisepapers/258-McKenzie.pdf.
    • Kirkup, L., Pizzica, J., Waite, K., & Srinivasan, L. (2008). A framework for developing enquiry-oriented experiments for non-physics majors Proceedings of the 18th National Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics. Adelaide 2008 (pp. 135-138): Retrieved from http://www.aip.org.au/info/sites/default/files/Congress2008/AIPC2008/PDF/AUTHOR/AP081058.PDF.
    • Wozniak, H., Mahony, M. J., Pizzica, J., & Koulias, M. (2007). How do students 'get learning'? Unexpectedly diverse pathways in an activity based online orientation site. In R. J. Atkinson, C. McBeath, S. K. A. Soong, & C. Cheers (Eds.), ICT: Providing choices for learners and learning. Proceedings ascilite Singapore 2007 (pp. 1104-1108). Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/singapore07/procs/wozniak.pdf.

    Conference Presentations:

    • Pizzica, J. (2017). Changing the individual or changing organisational practice: Rethinking the impact evaluation of a university teacher development program. Paper presented at the Professional Practice, Education and Learning Conference,  Linköping University,Sweden
    • Kirkup, L., Pizzica, J., Waite, K., & Srinivasan, L. (2012). Transforming practice-oriented activities for first year science students: A framework for developing and evaluating a new laboratory programme. Paper presented at the UTS Teaching and Learning Forum, University of Technology Sydney.
    • Pizzica, J., Heard, R., Leontini, R., Thistlethwaite, J., & Mahony, M. J. (2012a). If an academic does a course on teaching, will it make any difference to the educational practices of their departments? Paper presented at the 2012 SRHE Newer Researchers' Conference, Wales, UK
    • Pizzica, J., Heard, R., Leontini, R., Thistlethwaite, J., & Mahony, M. J. (2012b). Teachers' experiences of education practices in their medical schools following a course in academic development. Paper presented at the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning Conference, Jyväskylä, Finland.
    • Kirkup, L., Pizzica, J., Waite, K. & Srinivasan, L. (2010). Revitalising a physics laboratory program for non-physics majors - developing a framework emphasising disciplinary relevance. Paper presented at the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool, UK.
    • Pizzica, J., Heard, R., Mahony, M. J., & Thistelthwaite, J. (2010). Perspectives on the organisational impact of university teacher preparation programs. Paper presented at the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference, Melbourne. Abstract retrieved from http://conference.herdsa.org.au/2010/program/concurrent1.html#pizzica.
    • Pizzica, J. (2010). Risks of focusing (solely) on stated outcomes as impacts in HETPPs. Paper presented at the Foundations of University Teaching Colloquium, Newcastle, Australia.
    • Waite, K., Pizzica, J., & Kirkup, L. (2010). More than the sum of the parts: Counterintuitive implications from a collaboration between academic developers and physicists. Paper presented at the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference, Melbourne. Abstract retrieved from http://conference.herdsa.org.au/2010/program/concurrent3.html.
    • Anderson, T. K., Grattan, K., Pizzica, J., & Housego, S. C. (2009). Podcasting in an enriched educational landscape: Bringing a peripheral technology into the teaching core, Symposium presented at ascilite Auckland 2009. Abstract retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/auckland09/progbook/progbook-p52-127.pdf.
    • Waters, C. D., Rochester, S. F., Pizzica, J., San Miguel, C. L., Wyllie, A. M., & McMillan, M. (2009). Renewed Bachelor of Nursing: Developing an abilities-based conceptual framework. Paper presented at the UTS Teaching and Learning Forum, University of Technology Sydney.
    • Pizzica, J. (2008). Impact of teacher training programs in health sciences/medical education: Participant viewpoints. Paper presented at the Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Conference, University of Sydney.
    • Rogan, F., San Miguel, C.L. & Pizzica, J. (2008). Learning communication skills in a practice based degree: incorporating new technologies. Paper presented at the UTS Teaching and Learning Forum, University of Technology Sydney.
    • Pizzica, J. (2007). Impact of teacher training in medical education. Paper presented at the Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Conference, University of Sydney.
  • Original creative works

    Doctoral thesis
    Pizzica, J. (2016). Beyond the program, beyond the individual. Impact of a university teacher development program on practice. (Doctor of Philosophy), University of Sydney.  PhD awarded October 2016