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Dr Sara Hammer

Dr Sara Hammer
Name Sara Hammer
Position Associate Director (Program and Course Enhancement)
Section Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching
Office Y228
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2641
Extension 2641
Qualifications BA(Hons) QUT , GCertHigherEd Griffith , PhD QUT
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Dr Sara Hammer leads the Program and Course Enhancement team within the Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching. The Program and Course Enhancement team advises and supports academics engaged in program quality review to meet accreditation requirements, co-develops new courses and programs, and co-reivews and enhances curricula, and contributes to the re-design of online learning environments and interactive learning spaces.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Higher Education ( 130103 )
  • Higher Education ( 390303 )

Research interests
Academic development, critical thinking, employability, essay writing, graduate attributes

Professional memberships
Australian Collaboratory for Career Employability & Learning for Living (ACCELL)
Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Queensland Executive member, Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)

Currently teaching courses/programs
EDU5702 - Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
9 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Associate Director, Program Quality and Enhancement

Research most recent
Hammer, S., Abawi, L., Gibbings, P., Jones, H., Redmond, P., and Shams, S. (2018) Developing a generic review framework to assure capstone quality. Higher Education Research and Development, 37 (4). pp. 730-743. ISSN 0729-4360

Healy, M., McIlveen, P., and Hammer, S. (2018) Use of My Career Chapter to engage students in reflexive dialogue. In: The dialogical self theory in education: a multicultural perspective. Cultural Psychology of Education, 5. Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 173-187. ISBN 978-3-319-62860-8

Hammer, S. (2017). An examination of the instruction provided in Australian essay guides for students’ development of a critical viewpoint. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 42 (7). ISSN 0260-2938

Research most notable
Hammer, S., & Green, W. 2011, Critical thinking in a first year management unit: the relationship between disciplinary learning, academic literacy and learning progression, Higher Education Research and Development Journal (Special Edition) vol.30, no.3, 305-315.

Star, C. & Hammer, S. 2008, 'Teaching generic skills: eroding the higher purpose of universities, or an opportunity for renewal?' Oxford Review of Education,vol.34,no.2,1-15

Green, W., Hammer, S. & Star, C, 2009, refereed journal article, Facing up to the challenge: why is it so hard to develop graduate attributes? Higher Education Research and Development, Vol 28, No. 1, 7-29.

Publications in ePrints

McIlveen, Peter ORCID: and Perera, Harsha N. and Brown, Jason and Healy, MichaelORCID: and Hammer, Sara (2021) Career Assessment. In: The Oxford Handbook of Career Development. Oxford University Press, United States, pp. 1-15. ISBN 9780190069704

Brown, Jason L. and Hammer, Sara J. and Perera, Harsha N. and McIlveen, PeterORCID: (2021) Relations between graduates’ learning experiences and employment outcomes: a cautionary note for institutional performance indicators. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. ISSN 1873-0388

Hammer, Sara and Ayriss, Peter and McCubbin, Amanda (2021) Style or substance: how Australian universities contextualise their graduate attributes for the curriculum quality space. Higher Education Research and Development, 40 (3). pp. 508-523. ISSN 0729-4360

Healy, Michael ORCID: and Hammer, Sara and McIlveen, PeterORCID: (2020) Mapping graduate employability and career development in higher education research: A citation network analysis. Studies in Higher Education. ISSN 0307-5079

Hammer, Sara and Ayriss, Peter and Basson, MaritaORCID: and Batorowicz, BeataORCID: and Devine, Jo and Forbes, MelissaORCID: and Kist, Alexander and McCredie, Tessa and McCubbin, Amanda and Wade, Bill (2019) Integrating connectedness learning into institutional program review processes in an Australian regional university. In: Higher education and the future of graduate employability: a connectedness learning approach. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 209-229. ISBN 978-1-78897-260-4

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Higher Education ( 130103 )
  • Higher Education ( 390303 )