Tony Adams Fund 2014


Professor Tony Adams was a revered leader and highly-regarded mentor to many people working in the international education industry. He was also IEAA’s Foundation President.

The Tony Adams Fund was established in his honour in 2011 and provides annual financial grants to individuals from Australia and overseas who work in international education.

The following recipients were announced at the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) in Brisbane on Tuesday 7 October 2014:

Professional Development in International Education
Phoenix Ho – Career Counsellor, RMIT University Vietnam

Phoenix Ho will use her Tony Adams grant to attend the National Career Development Association (NCDA) global conference in Colorado, US, in July 2015. This will give Phoenix an opportunity to learn about the latest career development theories from around the world and, in turn, improve her own practice as a career adviser at RMIT University Vietnam.

Phoenix also works closely with local educational institutions and education departments in Central and Northern Vietnam to develop their career guidance curriculum in secondary schools, enhance the skills of local teachers and improve teaching materials and methodologies. In this capacity, Phoenix has published six textbooks and trained more than 250 career guidance teachers.

Although Phoenix has attended and presented at a number of conferences in the Asia-Pacific region, attending a global conference like NCDA will enable her to bridge her existing knowledge gap, draw upon international expertise and apply it to her own practice.

Phoenix’s own career development journey took 12 years before she discovered her current career. As a result, she is passionate about enabling students to discover their vocational calling and follow their dreams.

Phoenix has been awarded a Tony Adams Fund professional development grant of $2,000.

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Research Project in International Education
Dr Thanh Pham – Lecturer, Monash University

Many Australian universities are looking to internationalise their curriculum by integrating intercultural dimensions into their teaching and research. Although many institutions are integrating Asian cultural values into their curriculum, little has been done to examine how best to compile Asian learning values in teaching and learning at Western educational institutions.

Dr Thanh Pham’s research project will contribute to advancing intercultural pedagogies across Australian universities. It will investigate how Asian and Western cultural values can be better incorporated to develop global pedagogies and enhance student learning outcomes.

It will assist institutions and teaching staff to implement strategies to transcend national boundaries and encourage active participation from all students, regardless of cultural background. This research will also fill the existing gap in the literature on cross-cultural education and assist teachers to diversify their own teaching practice.

Dr Pham has been studying, teaching and conducting research on cross-cultural education across Western and Asian countries for many years. This Tony Adams grant will enable Dr Pham to continue her previous research, diversify her current syllabus and teaching practice and enhance her research profile.

Dr Thanh Pham has been awarded a research project grant of $3,000.

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Doctoral Studies in International Education
Caterina Ho – PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne

The demand for Australian students to become Asia literate has been reiterated by successive Government policies over the last two decades. Given this national interest, Caterina’s PhD aims to explore Asia literacy in the internationalisation of the curriculum and how it could be better understood and articulated in inclusive higher education.

Caterina will explore the intercultural dimension of Asia literacy as a way to internationalise university programs. The study seeks to advance this knowledge claim by offering a better understanding of the manifestation of Asia literacy in higher education curricula: what it means (ontology), and how it could possibly be realised (epistemology).

Given the pivotal role of languages and cultures in internationalisation, the study offers implications for framing Asia literacy into Australian higher education curricula, which may extend to the integration of multiple languages and cultures into inclusive internationalised curricula.

After receiving her Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong, Caterina worked for five years as a registered teacher in Hong Kong and Australia. Caterina’s main research interests include international education and higher education, with a specialisation in diversity of perspectives and cultures in internationalised university curricula.

Caterina has been awarded $1,500 for each year of her doctoral study (up to 3 years).

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Doctoral Studies in International Education
Douglas Proctor – PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne

Douglas’ doctoral research will investigate academic staff engagement in the internationalisation of higher education – an aspect of international education which is known to be under-researched. It will address key questions relating to the drivers and rationales for engagement, as well as the barriers to engagement.

His study will focus on early career academics, as most earlier studies have centred on participants with recognised experience in international engagement. Whereas earlier research undertaken in North America has focussed on single institutions, this project will explore differences in faculty engagement that exist between institutions, in an Australian context.

The research outcomes should contribute to more effective management of internationalisation within Australian universities. Firstly, by identifying drivers and barriers to faculty international engagement. Secondly, by making recommendations on tailored strategies to address identified barriers.

Douglas enrolled in a full-time PhD at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne, in October 2013. Prior to commencing his research studies, he held academic and professional positions over a period of 14 years in universities in France, New Caledonia and Australia.

Douglas has been awarded $1,500 for each year of his doctoral study (up to 3 years).

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Platinum Sponsors

  • Academies Australasia
  • La Trobe Uni
  • Navitas
  • UTS Sydney
  • IDP
  • Monash Uni
  • RMIT Uni
  • UNSW

Gold Sponsors

  • Australian National University
  • CQ University Australia
  • Curtin University
  • MIT
  • Top Education
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland

Corporate Affiliates

  • Alliance
  • ETS TOEFL
  • Hotcourses
  • Nexpay
  • Study Portals
  • CPA
  • Hobsons
  • QS
  • Study Melbourne