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Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

Elisa is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Curriculum and Assessment at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (MCSHE), where she works to advise academics across the University of Melbourne in curriculum innovation projects, with a focus on the STEM disciplines. Elisa has a background in zoology and marine ecology and a deep interest in using education to build collaborative capacity to solve global environmental problems. Elisa is interested in interdisciplinary and authentic teaching and learning in the sciences, in the design and implementation of strategic curriculum change processes and in the effects of disruption on teaching and learning.


  • 2020–present
    Senior lecturer, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education
  • 2018–2020
    Lecturer, The University of Sydney
  • 2015–2017
    Adjunct associate, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
  • 2011–2014
    Lecturer, Columbia University in the City of New York


  • 2018 
    The University of Sydney, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • 2006 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD (Zoology)
  • 2001 
    The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Professional Memberships

  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)
  • Society for Research into Higher Education (UK)