Arlene Harvey completed a PhD in linguistics at the University of Sydney. Her initial training as a linguist has informed her teaching and research across a diverse range of areas such as: academic literacy, educational linguistics, organisational communication, ethics, management and leadership. She has held positions in linguistics and management at the University of Sydney, and at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, teaching in undergraduate, master's and MBA programs. She is currently a research affiliate with The University of Sydney's National Centre for Cultural Competence.
Arlene also works with teachers in various faculties and schools across the University of Sydney to embed support for students' development of academic language and learning and provides academic support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the university as Coordinator of the Cadigal Academic Enrichment Program and in collaboration with the Mana Yura unit (ITAS tutor-training program). In her current research, Arlene is interested in exploring the complexities of embedding communication and cultural competence as graduate qualities in the curriculum and co-curriculum.