Associate Professor Michelle Wallace BA(Hons)(Syd) MEd(NE) PhD(Deakin)

Associate Professor Michelle Wallace has been an academic since 1990 and has held a range
of middle management and academic governance roles at Southern Cross University. She is
Director of the Masters in Human Resources and Organisational Development and Director of
Teaching and Learning in the Graduate College of Management. She chairs the Tweed Gold
Coast Campus Ethics Sub-Committee. 

Michelle has developed and taught post-graduate coursework programs in the areas of
training and development, organisational development and human resources. She has
supervised many workplace research projects, Masters, DBA and PhD theses in the area of
workplace learning, organisational change, leadership, volunteers, casualisation of the
workforce, recruitment and retention, work identity, community engagement and ethics and
has researched human resource practices in numerous organisations. She is currently
supervising ten doctoral students on a range of HR topics and has examined doctoral
theses for Australian and overseas universities. She currently has a grant from the Rail
CRC to research industry image and attraction strategies and is a member of a research
team with an ALTC grant researching moderation in transnational assessment. 

Michelle’s PhD examined gender and human resource practices in Australian organisations.
Her recent publications include works on HRM, power and identity in organisations,
change, career development and transnational teaching and learning. Michelle's
current research involves attraction of workers to certain industries still experiencing
skills shortages (Rail CRC), skilled migration (Rail CRC), retention of workers in
industries in Australian and international contexts, women in middle-management and
international/transnational teaching and learning (ALTC). In 2008 she co-edited a book on
transnational higher education. 

Michelle is on the editorial boards and is a reviewer for several journals. She is a
Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and a member of the
British Academy of Management and the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management

Journal articles

Gender and the engineering workforce: global challenge, global opportunity, 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference (2013)


Gender equity in professional and general staff in Australian universities: the contemporary picture (with Glenda Strachan, Janis Bailey, and Carolyn Troup), Labour & Industry (2013)

Most research on employment conditions of university staff has focused on academic staff and excluded...



Onshore skilled migrant engineers: skills wastage and atrophy (with Roslyn Cameron, Deborah Joyce, and Peter Kell), Australian Bulletin of Labour (2013)

This article reports the survey findings from a research project exploring the use of skilled...



Sixteen years of change for Australian female academics: progress or segmentation? (with Teresa Marchant), Australian Universities' Review (2013)

Quantitative methods and secondary data informed by critical realism and a feminist standpoint provide a...


Emergency service volunteers: affiliation and commitment (with Tony Baxter-Tomkins), Managing for volatility and instability: 26th Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference (2012)

This paper presents some qualitative research from a larger sociological study of the lived experiences...


Books and monographs

Teaching in transnational higher education: enhancing learning for offshore international students (with Lee Dunn), Graduate College of Management Papers (2008)

Teaching in Transnational Higher Education examines current trends and challenges that face students, teachers and...


An introduction to the training context in Australia, Graduate College of Management Papers (1997)

In the past seven years there have been some marked changes in the training context...


Book chapters


Attracting and retaining staff: the role of branding and industry image (with Ian Lings, Roslyn Cameron, and Neroli Sheldon), Workforce Development (2014)

In increasingly competitive labour markets, attracting and retaining talent has become a prime concern of...



Career paths: challenges and opportunities (with Neroli Sheldon), Workforce Development (2014)

Fundamental changes in the composition and functions of organisations have led to blurring of organisational...



International developments in skills migration: a case study of the opportunities, threats and dilemmas for Australia (with Peter Kell, Roslyn Cameron, and Deborah Joyce), Workforce Development (2014)

Skilled migration is not a particularly new phenomenon, however it has become much relied upon...



Women and engineering: a workforce development issue (with Neroli Sheldon), Workforce Development (2014)

Engineers are critical to the economic innovation and productivity of nations through the production of...


Doctoral research in human resource management, Transnational doctoral education and research: an Asian focus (2012)


Female engineering students: career attractors (with Ian Lings, Neroli Sheldon, and Roslyn Cameron), GIEE 2011: Gender and Interdisciplinary Education for Engineers (2012)

Human resource management practices of medium-sized companies in the textile industry in Java, Indonesia (with Asminah Rachmi), 14th West Lake Conference on Small and Medium Business (2012)

Recently, human resource is considered as the most important resource of the organisations. Mathis and...


Attraction and image for the Australian rail industry (with Neroli Sheldon, Ian Lings, and Roslyn Cameron), Management Research in a Changing Climate: British Academy of Management Conference (2010)

Despite the global financial downturn, the Australian rail industry is in a period of expansion....



Collaborative approaches to moderation of assessment in transnational education (with Saadia Mahmud, Gavin Sanderson, Parvinder Hukam-Singh, Carmela Briguglio, Thavamalar Thuraisingam, and Shelley Yeo), Australian International Education Conference: engaging for the future (2010)

Transnational education (TNE) teaching and professional teams conduct assessment work across organisational, national and cultural...


Interpretations of comparability and equivalence around assessment: views of academic staff in transnational education (with Gavin Sanderson, Shelley Yeo, Thavamalar Thuraisingam, Carmela Briguglio, Saadia Mahmud, and Parvinder Hukam Singh), Quality in Uncertain Times: 9th Australian University Quality Forum (2010)


Report of the working party on delivery models of special education, Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Lismore (2006)

Report of the working party on international and intercultural perspectives at Southern Cross University (with Mieke Witsel), School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Papers (2006)

Aged care needs, Lismore and Alstonville: statistical profile and community consultation (with Diane Newton and Robert George Garbutt), Maranoa Inc. (2003)

An evaluation of the SCU/SIPMM BBA Purchasing and Materials Management (Singapore) from a teaching and learning perspective (with Lee Dunn), Pro Vice Chancellor Academic and Quality, Southern Cross University (2002)