Vanessa has taught a wide range of information systems and management courses at the University of Tasmania, Deakin University and RMIT University. She brings her industry experience as a systems engineer within the finance and insurance industries in Australia and the United Kingdom to her teaching activities. Vanessa has won numerous prestigious teaching awards from multiple institutions including the RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and a citation from the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching.
Vanessa’s research in information systems centres on the application of knowledge management and organisational learning theory in the environmental sustainability and emergency management contexts. For example, as part of the Green IT research cluster within the Centre for People, Organisation and Work (CPOW) she partnered with industry to develop the first model to measure the “G-readiness” of organisations which has been adopted in global benchmarks of sustainable ICT capabilities. Vanessa has also applied an analytical approach to connect information systems and knowledge management to a cross-disciplinary research program in disaster management within CPOW. Vanessa’s research has won multiple awards including best paper awards at international conferences and from the Australian Computer Society for environmental sustainability in ICT.
Scholarship of Learning and Teaching
Vanessa’s focus in the scholarship of learning and teaching centres on inclusive teaching via the design and implementation of communities of inquiry. She also concentrates on developing industry relevant, research-informed curricula which combines her industry experience and expertise in information systems, knowledge management, sustainability and disaster management. For example, she is currently partnering with academics at the University of Newcastle on a project funded by a grant the Office of Learning and Teaching that will develop the conceptual model for a virtually distributed computer-based teaching and learning tool RES-SIM. This project will provide students across disciplines the opportunity to learn via dynamic disaster system simulations.