Speakers at The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS) will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.
Dr Yvonne Masters is currently an adjunct senior lecturer with the University of New England, NSW, Australia. Her work there has been in teacher education, including as Director of Professional Experience. As an adjunct she continues to research in this area. Prior to her move to UNE Yvonne had 30 years' experience in secondary schools spanning three Australian states. Yvonne's research interests centre on teacher education and policy, professional experience, and virtual worlds. Yvonne was awarded her PhD on school principalship in October 2010 and she has gained, in collaboration with other researchers, four Internal School of Education Research grants, been a partner in a $200,000 ALTC (OLT) grant, "VirtualPREX: Innovative Assessment Using a 3D Virtual World with Pre-service Teachers", in 2014 achieved a UNE Seed Grant for a one year project to explore teacher quality, and in 2015 gained a $50,000 OLT seed grant to develop resources to assist pre-service teachers to gain online teaching skills to assist them in teaching wholly online into virtual schools. Her most recent research is in the field of undergraduate research, investigating both undergraduate experiences, and the role of faculty in this area of research. She is still an active researcher and presents on both teacher education policy and online teaching at a range of events. Yvonne is also the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Education as well as a peer reviewer for a range of other journals.
Dr Joseph (José) McClanahan is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Associate Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. There, he teaches at all levels of the curriculum, including language and culture courses abroad. He has taught in both Latin America and Spain. Recently, his research interests have focused on the area of teaching courses related to Languages for Special Purposes, in particular courses related to teaching Spanish to future healthcare professionals. He also has a strong interest in curricular development and design that centres on new students entering the university. He has also led student educational trips to almost every continent on the globe.