Thomas William Nielsen

Associate Professor, University of Canberra

Dr Thomas William Nielsen is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia. A member of the 2009-10 National Values Education Project Advisory Committee, he has served in several of the Australian Government values and wellbeing education projects (see www.valueseducation.edu.au). Dr Nielsen has received national teaching awards, including the 2008 Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (http://www.olt.gov.au/list-awards?text=thomas+university+of+canberra). Dr Nielsen advocates a ‘Curriculum of Giving’, his research showing that giving and service to others increase wellbeing and resilience in students—something much needed in a western world with high depression and suicide rates.

Experience

  • 2003–present
    Associate Professor, University of Canberra

Education

  • 2003 
    La Trobe University, Doctor of Philosophy

Publications

  • 2011
    A curriculum of giving for student wellbeing and achievement – ‘How to wear leather sandals on a rough surface’ (Ch. 15)., In D. Wright, C. Camden-Pratt & S. Hill (Eds), Social ecology: Applying ecological understanding to our lives and our planet (pp. 151-164). UK: Hawthorn Press.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2009
    Values in Action Schools Project (VASP)
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Education Services Australia
  • 2006
    Values Education Good Practice in Schools Project - Stage 2
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Education Services Australia
  • 2004
    Values Education Good Practice in Schools Project - Stage 1
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Education Services Australia

Research Areas

  • Education (13)
  • Educational Psychology (170103)
  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators (130313)

Honours

2008 Citation for Outstanding contributions to Student Learnings. Awarded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching under the Australian Awards for University Teaching.