About Professor Bill Boyd
Professor Bill Boyd BSc(Hons)(St.And), MEdLead(HigherEd)(MAQ), DSc(St.And), PhD(Glas)
Bill is the Professor of Geography at SCU and the Chair of his University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. He is a multi- and trans-disciplinary scholar – a geographer, archaeologist, landscape scientist and educationalist, with scholarly interests in long-term environmental change, human-landscape interactions, environmental and cultural heritage management, and higher education.
He draws on both the geosciences and the humanities to inform his teaching and research. He brings a geographer’s eye to his teaching in the fields of environmental management, social engagement with environment, and cultural heritage. He has worked throughout Australasia and Southeast Asia for the last three decades.
His current research focuses on the scholarship of teaching & learning, especially from the perspective of trans-disciplinary cross-school team-based research. He is a member of the School of Education based North Coast Initiative for School Improvement. He co-supervises PhD candidates with colleagues from seven schools across the University.
Bill has published extensively in the scholarly literature in all his subject areas: 14 books and over 200 refereed articles and book chapters. Bill holds doctorates from the Universities of Glasgow (PhD) and St Andrews (DSc), and is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Professor at the Australian Studies Centre, University of Barcelona. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and of the Institute of Australian Geographers (FIAG).
Bill has worked as Southern Cross University since 1988, sits on University Council, Chairs of the Human Research Ethics Committee, and is a Student Ombud. He has held senior positions on his School, Faculty and University Academic Boards, and is a member of the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee. Representing SCU on the Australian Institute for Nuclear Science & Engineering, he chairs the AINSE Postgraduate Scholarship Committee. He is an Expert Assessor of International Standing and an ERA Peer Reviewer for the Australian Research Council, and serves on regional and State natural resource, cultural heritage and education bodies.
Australian Studies, Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Environmental Studies, and Geography
Environmental change, Human-landscape interactions, Environmental and cultural heritage management, Higher education, Environmental education, Higher education scholarship of teaching & learning, Social construction theory, Indigenous and community issues, Social processes, Environmental management and planning, Environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology, Quaternary science, and Palynology
Professional Service and Affiliations
|2016 - Present||Chair, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering Scholarships Committee, AINSE, Australia||2013 - Present||Visiting Professor, Australian Studies Centre, University of Barcelona, Spain||2012 - Present||Academic elected member, Southern Cross University Council, Australia||2008 - Present||Professor of Geography, School of Environment, Science & Engineering, Southern Cross University, Australia||2004 - Present||Student Ombud, Southern Cross University, Australia||1996 - Present||Life Member, Claire Hall, University of Cambridge, England||1994 - Present||Councillor (SCU Representative), Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering Council, Australia||2008 - 2015||Chair, Animal Care & Ethics Committee, Southern Cross University, Australia||1997 - 2010||Various executive Academic Board positions: Chair, Deputy Chair, Dean, Southern Cross University Academic Board, Faculty Board and School Boards, Australia||1994 - 2007||Associate Professor of Geography, School of Environment, Science & Engineering, Southern Cross University, Australia||1992 - 1993||Senior Lecturer in Geography, Faculty of Resource Science & Management, University of New England Northern Rivers, Australia||1988 - 1992||Lecturer in Geography, Faculty of Resource Science & Management, University of New England Northern Rivers, Australia||1986 - 1988||Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Adelaide, Australia||1982 - 1986||Research Assistant & Research Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Glasgow, Scotland|
|2009||Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Learning & Teaching), Southern Cross University, Australia|
|2004 ‐ 2006||Master of Educational Leadership (Higher Education), Macquarie University, Australia|
|2005||DSc, St Andrews University, Scotland|
|2002||Graduate Certificate in Management Communication, New South Wales Technical & Further Education (TAFE) Commission, Australia|
|1979 ‐ 1982||PhD Quaternary Geology, Glasgow University, Scotland|
|1974 ‐ 1979||BSc(Hons) Geography, St Andrews University, Scotland|
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Journal articles (94)
Individualised, tailored and personalised approach to the teacher-learner relationship in postgraduate staff development studies - a case study of postgraduate research supervision training Creative Education (2017)
This paper discusses the impact and value of feedback that was personable and individually tailored in a postgraduate staff development program that taught supervision skills at an Australian university. The modelling of this feedback style ...
Just another student survey? – Point-of-contact survey feedback enhances the student experience and lets researchers gather data Australian Journal of Adult Learning (2017)
When student surveys are conducted within university environments, one outcome of feedback to the researcher is that it provides insight into the potential ways that curriculum can be modified and how content can be better ...
Right to leisure? Refocusing on the dolphin Annals of Leisure Research (2017)
Leisure, especially when in nature or involving non-human animals, produces positive benefits for well-being. Understood within the framework of the biophilia hypothesis, nature fulfils inherent human needs and promotes well-being. Assuming leisure is a human ...
Teachers’ response to a new mandatory professional development process: does it make a difference? Professional Development in Education (2017)
A Performance and Development Framework has been introduced by the New South Wales Department of Education, the largest provider of schooling in Australia, during a period of unparalleled reform. Engagement with the Framework is mandatory ...
Title: learning styles terminology: what is the researcher talking about? International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2017)
When a researcher encounters the term ‘learning styles’, its meaning, rather than being explicitly obvious, is dependent on the tradition and therefore the context from which the term has originated. For a new researcher, in ...
Uplifting leadership for real school improvement - The North Coast Initiative for School Improvement: an Australian telling of a Canadian story Alberta Journal of Educational Research (2017)
This paper reports on a preliminary Australian adoption and adaptation, in the North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, of the Townsend and Adams’ model of leadership growth for school improvement in Alberta. The ...
Archaeological excavations at Nethermills Farm, Deeside, 1978–81 Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (2016)
The Mesolithic site of Nethermills Farm, Crathes, Banchory, was identified from fieldwalking that took place between 1973 and 1977 and it was excavated between 1978 and 1981 under the direction of James Kenworthy. Kenworthy interpreted ...
Collaborative inquiry driving leadership growth and school improvement Creative Education (2016)
Australia’s largest schooling system, the NSW Department of Education, is in a period of unprecedented change as the Department of Education initiates a range of reforms. One critical reform occurred in 2014 when the Department ...
A Spanish man-o-war in New Zealand? The 1864 wreck of Grafton and its lessons for pre-Cook shipwreck claims International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (2015)
This paper considers the 1864 wreck of Grafton in the Auckland Islands, and its implications for wreck analysis and pre-Cook exploration claims. The captain of Grafton, Thomas Musgrave, stated that the schooner was built from ...
Agriculture and climate change: perceptions of provincial officials in Vietnam Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences (2015)
Climate change is expected to have serious impacts on developing countries, including Vietnam. The central government of Vietnam has launched programs to study climate change trends and impacts on natural resources, environment and socio-economic development, ...
Pedagogical change at times of change in the higher education system: an exploration of early career mentoring, co-publication and teaching and learning insights Coolabah (2015)
Universities are at a time of change. Their social, political and economic conditions are under challenge, while technological change challenges curriculum design and implementation, requiring reconsiderations of teaching and learning practices. In this context, and ...
Perception of climate change and farmers’ adaptation: a case study of poor and non-poor farmers in northern central coast of Vietnam Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences (2015)
Successful implementation of national climate change agriculture adaptation policy in Vietnam requires rural communities to be able to respond to government programs. Critical players in ensuring this include provincial government officials and local farmers. Program ...
Pre-service teachers' 3D visualization strategies Creative Education (2015)
This study examines primary and early childhood pre-service teachers’ strategies on a written task that promotes 3D geometric thinking and visualization processes. Visualization and conceptualisation of 3D objects are complex cognitive processes, and both require ...
The development of primary school students’ 3D geometrical thinking within a dynamic transformation context Creative Education (2015)
This study examines children’s thinking about geometrical solids through an investigation of dynamic transformations employed by young children making mental transformations of an orthogonal parallelepiped. The focus of the study is on the investigation of ...
The propensity of a science-based discipline towards surface learning compared to the arts - a fresh look at two cultures Creative Education (2015)
The propensity of science students towards surface and deep learning approaches was investigated to determine whether they were more likely to be encouraged toward a surface rather than deep approach to learning: more specifically do ...
Above all, do no harm: educating the ethical practitioner using research pedagogy in an osteopathic master’s course Creative Education (2014)
Post-graduate students of osteopathic medicine are required to engage in research-based work-integrated learning as educational preparation for clinical practice. This requires students to develop research projects related to clinical practice, and engage the principles and ...
Adapting research ethics principles and practices to enhance professional coursework education in universities Journal of the European Higher Education Area (2014)
One way to expand students’ learning is to introduce exotic content into the syllabus. This paper describes an example of Australian research ethics principles and processes being adapted and adopted to inform teaching, learning and ...
An exploration of the role of schema theory and the (non-indigenous) construction of indigenous identity Environmental Education Research (2014)
Community engagement is increasingly important in environmental management. While such engagement has tended to comprise only one-way communication, genuine engagement often requires meaningful cross-cultural communication. This paper explores issues surrounding engagement with Australian indigenous communities, ...
Feeling good about teaching mathematics: addressing anxiety amongst pre-service teachers Creative Education (2014)
Research regarding pre-service teachers’ attitudes towards teaching mathematics has revealed that many pre-service teachers experience high levels of mathematics anxiety about both the learning of mathematics and the teaching of the mathematics curriculum. Little is ...
Identification of preserved fatty acids in archaeological floor sediments from prehistoric sites at Ban Non Wat and Nong Hua Raet in Northeast Thailand using gas chromatography Journal of Archaeological Science (2014)
This paper presents the first record of fatty acids recovered from archaeological sediment samples in Southeast Asia. Fatty acid analysis in archaeology provides a good source of evidence for the identification and interpretation of prehistoric ...
Multi-element characterization of archaeological floors at the prehistoric archaeological sites at Ban Non Wat and Nong Hua Raet in Northeast Thailand Quaternary International (2014)
This paper reports the results of geochemical analysis of hard floor sediment samples from the prehistoric Mun river valley occupation sites of Ban Non Wat and Nong Hua Raet in Northeast Thailand. Past human activities ...
Procedural skills, sketchup and vodcasting: distance teaching of design drawing skills and student learning autonomy Creative Education (2014)
The popularity of sites like YouTube demonstrates the potential preference for users to use video podcasts (vodcasts) as an instructional tool. As educators have been encouraged to become more literate in authoring Web 2.0 technologies, ...
The decline and revival of music education in New South Wales schools, 1920-1956 Australian Journal of Music Education (2014)
This paper overviews the decline and revival of music education in New South Wales schools from 1920 to 1956. Commencing with a focus on vocal music during the period up to 1932, a time of ...