Dr Alison Kuiper

BA(Cant), PGDipTchg(Cant), MA(Hons)(Cant), PhD(Lincoln(NZ))

Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow


Phone: + 64 4 938 5169


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Research interests

Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • Sociology of education

Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • Higher education

Research on teaching and learning

  • Teacher education and professional learning

Professional biography

Dr Kuiper is a higher-education consultant and researcher based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is Associate Editor of Higher Education Research & Development, and a board member of Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand's national centre for tertiary teaching excellence.

Dr Kuiper joined the University of Sydney in November 2010 as a senior lecturer in the Institute for Teaching and Learning and then in educational innovation. From 2011 to 2017 she was responsible for the support of those applying for the University’s Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards and the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Awards, including citations and grants, as well as being instrumental in the University’s adoption of the Fellowship Scheme of the Higher Education Academy. She coordinated units of study for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) and regularly contributed to the Principles & Practice course.

Previously, as manager of Teaching and Learning at Lincoln University, New Zealand, Dr Kuiper had been responsible for promoting an effective teaching and learning environment and contributing to strategic development of teaching and learning across the campus, and for a team which comprised staff professional development, eLearning, student evaluations of lecturers and courses and student learning support.

Prior to moving into academic development, Dr Kuiper was senior lecturer in communication and University Proctor (responsible for academic honesty and disciplinary matters) at Lincoln University, New Zealand. Her international teaching experience includes university teaching in Canada and Malaysia and designing and delivering a Program for the World Bank at a University in Vietnam. She has held management, liaison and research roles in tertiary institutions and in community groups at national and local levels including, as ministerial appointee, chair of the New Zealand National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women. Dr Kuiper was a member of the Board of the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency register of experts in the areas of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Academic Quality Assurance and Academic Governance.

Current projects

  • Dr Kuiper is a social scientist whose work focuses on higher education, both policy and practice. Her current projects centre on the theme of teacher presence and include an investigation into teacher presence in face-to-face and online courses and the presentation of self by award wining teachers.

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Kuiper, A. C. & Stein, S. J. (2019). Engaging, innovating and inspiring: the paradox of the mediated voice of award-winning teachers. Higher Education Research and Development, 38(6), 1197–1212. DOI:10.1080/07294360.2019.1626811
  • Kuiper, A. (2018). Book review: Freedom to learn: the threat to student academic freedom and why it needs to be reclaimed. Higher Education Research & Development, 37(7), 1547–1550. DOI:10.1080/07294360.2018.1492932
  • Kuiper, A. (2017). Learning and teaching intercultural communication: Challenging and transforming cultural identities. Journal of Transformative Learning, 4(1), 22–32.
  • Kuiper, A. (2016). Book review: The body in professional practice, learning and education. , 35(1), 195–197. DOI:10.1080/07294360.2016.1130638
  • Kuiper, A., Solomonides, I. & Hardy, L. (2015). Time on task in intensive modes of delivery. Distance Education, 36(2), 231–245. DOI:10.1080/01587919.2015.1055058
  • Kuiper, A. (2012). Book review: Learning in the global classroom: a guide for students in the multicultural university, Carol Dalglish, Peter Evans and Lynda Lawson. Higher Education Research & Development, 31(2), 267–269. DOI:10.1080/07294360.2012.658869

Conference papers