Monika Foster

Monika Foster

Dr Monika Foster PFHEA

Associate Professor

Biography

Associate Professor and Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy, Dr Monika Foster has extensive experience in pedagogical design and research outputs. Monika’s research interests lie in the linguistic, academic and cultural challenges faced by international students in cross-border education. Her recent research includes a scoping study of international student transitions as part of the QAA Enhancement Theme Transitions, a cross-university qualitative research study on exploring staff perceptions of internationalisation of the curriculum and a Santander funded research project on the motivations of South American students to study in the UK. She has published research outputs, edited collections and pedagogic books nationally and internationally

Research Areas

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Invited member of the International Conference Organising Committee, TARC Malaysia
  • Invited Keynote: Exploring the impact of international student mobility on cross-cultural learning adaptation. Invited Talk at International Conference: Empowering 21st Century Learners Through Holistic and Enterprising Learning, TARUC, Malaysia
  • Member of the Organising Committee for TARC International Conference in Learning and Teaching, Malaysia, 2010-present
  • Symposium Chair and Organiser of the International Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Conference, LiJiang, People’s Republic of China 2006-2007.
  • Peer Reviewed Paper: ‘Harnessing learning style preferences of Asian students to develop engaged learning: what we know so far and how can we apply this to enhance learning and teaching.’ The Internationalising of UK Higher Education Learning and Teaching Conference. Edinburgh, UK
  • Peer Reviewed Paper: Does mobility matter? Outcomes of an empirical study on the impact of mobility on students’ cross cultural competencies. Association of Business Schools’ Learning, Teaching and Student Experience conference, Birmingham, UK
  • Peer Reviewed Paper: Student destination choices in international education: Exploring students' attitudes to study abroad. Conference Proceedings Innovation and Transformation in Learning and Teaching TARC International Conference in Learning and Teaching ISSN 978-967-0115-01-6
  • Peer Reviewed Paper: Developing Peer Support as a Means of Enhancing the International Student Experience TARC International Conference: Emerging Trends in Higher Education Learning and Teaching
  • Peer Reviewed Paper: Strategies, guidelines and tools – what do they mean for us? Academics’ perceptions of resources for curriculum design and development. Higher Education Academy Research and Practice Network conference
  • Peer Reviewed Paper: Exploring cultural aspects of student mobility – what do we know about students’ perceptions of their own and host culture of learning. SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2015: Internationalising the Curriculum: What does this mean? How can we achieve it?
  • Peer Reviewed Paper: Interdisciplinary methodologies in different cultures of learning: Apples and Pears? International Journal of Art & Design Education 'Collaborative Practice in Arts Education, 24th October 2014, Liverpool.

 

Editorial Activity

  • Invited Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 2016
  • Elected Member of the Editorial Board for Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching,
  • Guest Editor Special Edition on Internationalisation of the Curriculum, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 2015
  • Member of Editorial Board for International Journal of Academic Development since 2012 to present
  • Member of Editorial Board for International Journal of TESOL and Learning 2011 to present

 

Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Invited Member of HEA Internationalising the Curriculum Framework Working Group
  • Invited member of the International Conference Scientific Committee, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) Malaysia
  • Invited Chair of the HEA Special Interest Group: Internationalisation of Curriculum, part of HEA National Internationalisation of the Curriculum Research and Practice Network
  • • Invited Member of the UK, East and South East Asia Research Network
  • Invited Expert Member of the Advisory Panel for the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) Internationalising Higher Education Framework
  • Invited External Contributor to SPARQS (Student Participation in Quality Scotland) and NUS (National Union of Students) Conference and Publication on Engaging International Students in Transitions
  • Invited External Contributor to SPARQS (Student Participation in Quality Scotland) and NUS (National Union of Students) Conference and Publication on Engaging International Students in Transitions
  • • Elected Member of SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) Papers Committee
  • External Panel Member for Periodic Review for the Centre of International Education, Edge Hill University
  • Member of Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) Forum Global Connections
  • Consultancy role with Higher Education Academy Leading Transformation in Learning and Teaching Programme

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker and Organiser of National SEDA Workshop on Working with Cultural Diversity 2012
  • Invited by Newcastle University to give a guest talk to the Learning and Teaching in HE Research Group, 2016
  • Invited External Speaker for Leeds University’s Talking about Teaching University Series 2013.
  • Invited External Speaker and Organiser of Keele University’s Internationalisation Strategy Working Group 2010-2011
  • Invited External Speaker for University of Dundee Learning and Teaching Series, 2015
  • Invited External Speaker for University of Dundee Learning and Teaching Seminar Series, 2015
  • HEA Consultancy

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner UKPSF accredited programme
  • External Examiner for our PG Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PGCAPHE) programme, University of Dundee
  • External Panel Member for Periodic Review for the Centre of International Education, Edge Hill University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Visiting Professor
  • Principal Fellow of HEA

 

Seminar/talk

  • Chair of SIG International HEA funded event at Edinburgh Napier University, 2014

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer for International Journal of Academic Development
  • Reviewer for Studies in Higher Education
  • Peer Reviewer for Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice

 

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