Maureen Boland Brief Biography 2017
Maureen Boland is an experienced educator and researcher in the tertiary sector in all areas of management and leadership, having been a casual lecturer/tutor at Curtin and UWA Business Schools since 2000. At UWA she has lectured undergraduate students in Entrepreneurship and tutored in Asian Business and at Curtin Business School lectured in Business Communication, Management, Entrepreneurship, International Management and Global Business as well as eight years lecturing in Organisational Behaviour at the post graduate level. The average class size was 40 students. She was the facilitator for two years in the Diploma of Advanced Management, an MBA course in management skills designed for people in industry run by the University of Ballarat in Perth. She has received several nominations and an award for her lecturing skills.
She is currently completing a master’s by research in Asian Business and Entrepreneurship at UWA Business School. She has worked as a casual lecturer for the Curtin Graduate School of Business in Organisational Behaviour with Project Management students as the main group for 7 years. Dave Baccarini, former unit coordinator for Project Management at Curtin, asked her to design a course for Organisational Behaviour in Project Management and she has lectured in that since 2014. Project and People (PRJM6010) is half internal and half online students, averaging 100 students per semester.
She is highly skilled in the area of online teaching and running virtual teams.
Industry experience includes fourteen years as half owner/managing director of an Australian based manufacturer Australian Design Award winners Rangs Aerodynamic Sports Boomerangs, exporting to 20 countries, which gave her experience in wide range of domestic and international business skills.
Key areas of expertise and experience
• How to introduce an entrepreneurial mindset into corporate environments
• Creativity and innovation in business
• Ethics, cross cultural communication, strategy (Western and Asian), networking, high performance teamwork
• International business from a practitioner and research/theoretical perspective
• Computer literate – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, social networking skills as well as Internet savvy and advanced research skills with databases
• The creation of industry relevant courses inclusive of cutting edge management/OB theory and practice
• Teaching style – essentially constructivist, Teacher as Facilitator/Student Centred Learning (TAF/SCL). Her training in the Montessori method has provided a very useful introduction to facilitation as Montessori is widely considered the purest form of facilitation (Reinsmith 1994). It is the “guide by the side” rather than the “sage on the stage”. It allows her to create high impact learning environments and combines well with concepts also utilised such as lifelong learning and the importance of research expertise and critical/analytical thinking skills. In university postgraduate lecturing it means she creates an engaging, stimulating, respectful and inclusive learning environment, which is resource intensive with substantial use of videos, evidence based online material and case studies collected over sixteen years of casual university teaching in many areas which is constantly updated.
• Consistently top-level student/client satisfaction results in feedback sheets in all areas - 2000- 2016 e.g. in semester one 2015 for Project and People in the Curtin student feedback Evaluate (Full Unit Report), she scored 99.5/100 for her lecturing with 41% of the students responding.
• In semester two 2015 she was nominated for an excellence in teaching/postgraduate lecturing award at Curtin.
• This semester starting a Facebook page “Keeping Up with OB” created in consultation with a student focus group.
Select example of program offering(s)
• Deliveries of her own lectures in cross cultural management and leadership for five years to the Chinese engineers in the Australian Liquid Natural Gas programme, a joint UWA Curtin initiative 2005-2009, voted best lecturer 2008/9
• Delivery of her own lectures in Entrepreneurship at UWA Business School 2001 - 2002 - nominated for two awards - lecturing and course content