Assoicate Professor Beena Giridharan

Dean of Teaching and Learning, Curtin Sarawak, Malaysia

Associate Professor Beena Giridharan is the Dean, Teaching and Learning at Curtin University, Sarawak. She attained a doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics and Education from Curtin University, Western Australia. Her Master's degree (first class) is in English Language and Literature. She has been a fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) since 2006. She won the 2006 Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching and the Curtin Excellence in Teaching and Innovation award in 2006. She is currently a member of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) research project entitled 'Learning Without Borders' investigating Leadership roles in Trans-National Education. She also leads research cluster teams investigating higher education learning practices. Her research interests include vocabulary acquisition in English as a second language, higher education practices, transnational education, work-integrated learning, and ethno-linguistic studies in indigenous communities. She was a visiting professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA between 2007- 2008.