Dr Barbara Kensington-Miller

PhD, MEd (Hons), BSc., Dip Sc., Dip Tchg

Biography

Barbara is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR), at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, works with academic staff on aspects of their teaching and research, and supervises Masters and PhD students. She holds a doctorate in mathematics education. Her research area fosters and promotes teaching and research of early-career academics. Within this area, her varied portfolio includes research on peer mentoring, academic identity, and SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) topics such as threshold concepts, teaching in large undergraduate classrooms, and flipped classrooms.  

Research | Current

Barbara’s research fosters and promotes teaching and research of early-career academics, to make a difference to practice. Her work comprises three areas:

  • Communities of practice - exploring mechanisms of support for early-career academics e.g. peer mentoring, professional development, writing groups
  • Academic developers – investigating the role of identity, cultural issues, development of academics
  • SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) - researching innovations for supporting teaching e.g. flipped classroom, threshold concepts, invisible learning attributes.

Research projects:

  • 2016-2107: (AI) Te Whaihanga - Preparing students to work with Māori. AKO Aotearoa National Funding. Team includes: Dory Reeves [UoA, PI], Lena Henry [UoA], John Tookey [UoA], Kepa Morgan [UoA], Andrew Barrie [UoA], Derek Kawiti [VUW], Rau Hoskins [UNITEC]. NZD 300,000
  • 2015-2016: (Lead PI) Making the Invisible Visible: Illuminating Learning Outcomes Beyond Content and Skills. AKO Aotearoa National Funding. Team includes: Alison Cleland [UoA], Alys Longley [UoA], Sean Sturm [UoA], Andrea Mead [UoA], Amanda Gilbert [VUW], Bernadette Knewstubb [VUW]. NZD 300,000
  • 2014-2015: (AI) Mapping Institutional Resources and Processes Supporting the Development of Tertiary Learning and Teaching Grant Applications. OLT (Office of Learning and Teaching) Australia.Team includes: Gavin Sanderson [UniSA, PI], Sean Sturm [UoA], Kerry Allison [Monash], Tania Broadley [Curtin], Matt Eliot [CQU], Jan McLean [UNSW], Jan Tuovinen [Tabor]. AUD 140,000
  • 2013-2014: (AI) Capturing Learning in Undergraduate Mathematics and Other Subjects (LUMOS). TLRI/AKO Aotearoa National Funding. Team includes Bill Barton [UoA], Judy Paterson [UoA], Greg Oates [UoA], Caroline Yoon [UoA], Mike Thomas [UoA]. NZD300,000

Reviewing:

Co-editor: JPAAP [ Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice]

Reviewer:

  • HERD [Higher Education Research and Development];
  • SHE [Studies in Higher Education];
  • iJAD [International Journal of Academic Development];
  • iJMEST [International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology];
  • MTED [Mathematics Teaching Education and Development];
  • iJMTL [International Journal of Mathematics Teaching and Learning].

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A. (2016). Catalyst: Developing a Community of Practice for Supporting New Academics. In J. McDonald & A. Cater-Steel (Eds.) Communities of Practice – Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education. New York: Springer. 

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A., NOVAK, J., & EVANS, T. (2015). Just do it: flipped lecture, determinants and debate. International Journal on Mathematics Education in Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2015.1129075

BAROUTIAN, S. & KENSINGTON-MILLER, B. (2015) Information Literacy: the impact of a hands-on workshop for postgraduate students. Education for Chemical Engineers. DOI:10.1016/j.ece.2015.10.001

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A., RENC-ROE, J. & MORON-GARCIA, S. (2015). The chameleon on a tartan rug: Adaptations of three academic developers’ professional identities. International Journal for Academic Development. 20(3), 279-290. DOI: 10.1080/1360144X.2015.1047373

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A.., SNEDDON, J. & STEWART, S. (2014) Crossing new uncharted territory: shifts in academic identity as a result of modifying teaching practice in undergraduate mathematics. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2013.872305 .

SIMMONS, N., ABRAHAMSON, E., DESHLER, J., KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A., MANARIN, K., MORON-GARCIA, S., OLIVER, C.  & RENC-ROE, J. (2013). Conflicts and Configurations in a Liminal Space: SoTL Scholars’ Identity Development. Teaching and Learning Inquiry 1(2), 9-21.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A., & RATIMA M. (2013) Māori in partnership: a peer mentoring model for tertiary indigenous staff in New Zealand. Race, Ethnicity and Education, retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13613324.2013.831824

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A.., YOON, C., SNEDDON, J. &  STEWART, S. (2013). Changing beliefs about teaching in large undergraduate mathematics classes. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 15(2), 52-69.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A. (2012). Professional development for secondary school mathematics teachers: a peer mentoring model. International Journal of Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/journal/default.htm. 

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A., BRAILSFORD, I & GOSSMAN, P. (2012). Developing new academic developers: doing before being? International Journal for Academic Development. 17 (2), 121-133.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A. (2011). Peer mentoring: Stories of three mathematics teachers. Teacher Development. 15 (3), 293-304. 

YOON, C., KENSINGTON-MILLER, B., SNEDDON, J. & BARTHOLOMEW, H. (2011). It's Not the Done Thing: Social Norms Governing Students' Passive Behaviour in Large Undergraduate Mathematics Lectures. International Journal on Mathematics Education in Science and Technology. 42 (8), 1107-1122. 

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A., YOON, C., SNEDDON, J.S. & STEWART, S. (2011). Lecturer change: espoused versus enacted beliefs about teaching in large undergraduate mathematics lectures. In J. Hannah, M.O.J. Thomas, & L. Sheryn (Eds.), Te Ara Mokoroa: The Long Abiding Path of Knowledge. Proceedings of the Eighth Southern Hemisphere Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Teaching and Learning (pp. 170-179), Rotorua.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A., GREENWOOD, S. & AFAMASAGA-FUATAI' , K. (2011). Learning Mathematics Pacific Style. In J. Hannah, M.O.J. Thomas, & L. Sheryn (Eds.), Te Ara Mokoroa: The Long Abiding Path of Knowledge. Proceedings of the Eighth Southern Hemisphere Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Teaching and Learning (pp. 159-169), Rotorua.

THOMAS, M., KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A., BARTHOLOMEW, H., BARTON, B., PATERSON, J. & YOON,C. (2011). Mathematics Undergraduate Teaching: Perspectives and Interactions. In H. Dixon, R. Williams & E. van Til (Eds.),Proceedings of the New Zealand Association of Research in Education Conference(pp. 77-86), Auckland.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B. A., SNEDDON, J.D., YOON, C., & BARTHOLOMEW, H. (2011). Reducing resistance to interaction in large undergraduate classes. In H. Dixon, R. Williams & E. van Til (Eds.), Ki te ao marama - Charting our future. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association of Research in Education Conference (pp. 44-53), Auckland.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A. (2010). Peer Mentoring., MAI Review , (2), 1-3. Retrieved from http://review.mai.ac.nz/index.php/TK/article/view/389

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A. (2010). Academic Partnership: Peer Mentoring with Early-Career Academics. In L. Stefani (Ed.) Evaluating the Effectiveness of Academic Practice. New York: Routledge, 99-108.

BARTHOLOMEW, H., BARTON, B., KENSINGTON-MILLER, B., PATERSON, J. (2007). One Project, Many Facets. In S. Frid, L. Sparrow & M. Goos (Eds.) Special Edition of Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, Australia.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A. (2007). Peer Mentoring as a Professional Development Strategy for Mathematics Teachers in Low-Socio-Economic Secondary Schools in New Zealand. Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, University of Auckland, Auckland.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B. A. (2006). The Development of a Community of Practice and its Connection with Mentoring in Low Socio-Economic Secondary Schools in New Zealand. In P. Grootenboer, R. Zevenbergen & M. Chinnappan (Eds.), Identities, Cultures and Learning Spaces. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated.(Vol. 2, pp. 320-327), Canberra.

BARTHOLOMEW, H., BARTON, B., KENSINGTON-MILLER, B. A., & PATERSON, J.E. (2005). Mathematics Teacher Development in Low Socio-Economic Areas. Paper presented at the 15th ICMI Study on The Professional Education and Development of Teachers of Mathematic, Aduas de Lindoia, Brazil.

BARTON, B., PATERSON, J.E., KENSINGTON-MILLER, B.A., & BARTHOLOMEW, H. (2005). Dodging the dragon: Strategies for mathematics professional development in low socio-economic areas. In M. Goos, C. Kanes & R. Brown (Eds.), Mathematics, Education and Society 4. Proceedings of the 4th International Mathematics, Education and Society Conference. (Vol. 1, pp. 78-87). Gold Coast, Australia.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B. A. (2005). Mentoring mathematics teachers in low socio-economic secondary schools in New Zealand. In P. Clarkson, A. Downton, D. Gronn, M. Horne, A. McDonough, R. Pierce & A. Roche (Eds.), Building Connections: Theory, Research and Practice. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated. (Vol. 2, pp. 459-466). Melbourne.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B. A. (2004). Professional Development of Mathematics Teachers in Low Socio-economic Secondary Schools in New Zealand. In I. Putt, R. Faragher & M. McLean (Eds.), Mathematics education for the third millennium: Towards 2010. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated. (Vol. 2, pp. 320-327). Townsville: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated.

ALANGUI, W., BARTON, B., KENSINGTON-MILLER, B. A., PATERSON, J.E., et al. (2002). The Mathematics Enhancement Project: The Pilot Phase. In B. Barton, K. C. Irwin, M. Pfannkuch & M. O. J. Thomas (Eds.), Mathematics Education in the South Pacific: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of Education in the South Pacific: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (Vol. 1, pp. 83-90). Auckland: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.

KENSINGTON-MILLER, B. A. (2002). Professional Development of Senior Mathematics Teachers in Low-Decile Secondary Schools in New Zealand. Unpublished Masters, University of Auckland, Auckland.

 

 

Teaching | Current

Barbara is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR). Her teaching and supervision draws upon years of experience teaching secondary school mathematics and then completing her PhD in Mathematics Education in 2007.  

 

Barbara teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, supervises postgraduate students, and works with academics to develop their teaching. She maintains a strong nexus between her teaching and research to ensure best practice.

Postgraduate supervision

I am looking to supervise in any of the following areas:

  • mathematics education
  • professional development
  • mentoring
  • cultural issues
  • secondary and tertiary education in mathematics
  • higher education
  • academic identities
  • threshold concepts
  • scholarship of teaching and learning

PhD:

  • Trang Thu Nguyen (2017-2020). Collaborative writing among EFL students at Vietnam National University Hanoi: Impacts on writing competence and framework for effective implementation. With Sean Sturm, 
  • Tatum Adinigrum (2015-2018). Understanding the identity of part-time faculty members in Indonesian Higher Education. With Sean Sturm.
  • Edward Okai (2013-2016). Socialising PhD students to succeed in the doctoral journey: an exploratory study of the University of Ghana. With Barbara Grant.  
  • Gillian Frankcom-Burgess (2011-2016). Capturing pedagogic change in novice primary students of mathematics: development of the measuring instrument DART. With Mike Thomas.
  • Morteza Sharifi (2016 - 2019). A comparative study of tertiary education systems of New Zealand and Iran. With Sean Sturm.
  • Amy Chakif (2016 - 2019). Learning theory in the digital age. With Cathy Gunn.
  • Iresha Ratnayake (2016-2019). Teaching algebra with digital technology: Factors influencing mathematics teachers' task development and implementation. With Mike Thomas.
  • Mengyun (Luna) Li (2016-2019). A comparative analysis between China and NZ of academic support for early-career academics. With 'Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki.

Masters:

  • Jane Grant (2016). Teach me how to mentor, as I mentor how to teach.
  • Gary Lu (2016). Modelling of mathematical equation solving. With Nasser Giacaman. 
  • Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd (2015). Mathematically speaking: using mathematic specific language to improve students' mathematic ability. 
  • Suzanne Kerr (2006). How Year 13 students of mathematics with calculus develop their understanding through interactions in the classroom.

Responsibilities

As Research Coordinator at the Centre for Learning and Research, I organise peer mentoring, research and writing retreats, workshops, programmes, seminars, etc., which support academic research. I coordinate these with the academics in our centre, but also more widely across the university. One example I am currently running for academics is a programme called "Write your article in 12 weeks" in which 25 academics, early-career to experienced (2 are professors), from across the university meet weekly to learn about different aspects of the writing process and feedback as they work their way through writing their article.  

Areas of expertise

Academic development

Higher Education 

Mathematics Education

SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • (2015-2016) University Research Committee - elected sub-professorial representative
  • (2014-2015) LADDeR (Learning and Development Designed for Researchers) committee headed by DVC (Research) – CleaR representative
  • (2013- ) University Women in Leadership teaching team
  • (2012- ) CLeaR Faculty Liaison for Engineering Faculty Teaching and Learning Quality Committee
  • (2016- ) Chair of HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia) New Zealand Executive Committee 
  • (2015- ) HERDSA Australasia Executive Committee 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Novak, J., Kensington-Miller, B., & Evans, T. (2017). Flip or flop? Students’ perspectives of a flipped lecture in mathematics. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 48 (5), 647-658. 10.1080/0020739X.2016.1267810
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34381
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tanya Evans, Julia Novak
  • Carter, S. A., Kensington-Miller, B., & Courtney, M. (2017). Doctoral supervision practice: What’s the problem and how can we help academics?. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5 (1), 13-22. 10.14297/jpaap.v5i1.235
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Carter
  • Kensington-Miller, B. A. (2017). Catalyst: Developing a Community of Practice for Supporting New Academics. In J. McDonald, A. Cater-Steel (Eds.) Communities of Practice: Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education (pp. 449-469). New York: Springer. 10.1007/978-981-10-2879-3_22
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31767
  • Kensington-Miller, B., Novak, J., & Evans, T. (2016). Just do it: flipped lecture, determinants and debate. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 47 (6), 853-862. 10.1080/0020739X.2015.1129075
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29114
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tanya Evans, Julia Novak
  • Baroutian, S., Kensington-Miller, B., Wicaksana, F., & Young, B. R. (2016). Bridging theory with real world research experience: Co-teaching Engineering Biotechnology with R&D professionals. Education for Chemical Engineers, 16, 9-16. 10.1016/j.ece.2016.05.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Filicia Wicaksana, Saeid Baroutian, Brent Young
  • Baroutian, S., & Kensington-Miller, B. (2016). Information Literacy: The impact of a hands-on workshop for international postgraduate students. Education for Chemical Engineers, 14, 16-23. 10.1016/j.ece.2015.10.001
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28301
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Saeid Baroutian
  • Novak, J., Evans, T., & Kensington-Miller, B. (2015). Future flip or future flop?: Flipping large undergraduate mathematics lectures. Paper presented at ISSOTL (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), Melbourne, Australia. 27 October - 30 October 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Novak, Tanya Evans
  • Kensington-Miller, B., Renc-Roe, J., & Morón-García S (2015). The chameleon on a tartan rug: adaptations of three academic developers’ professional identities. International Journal for Academic Development, 20 (3), 279-290. 10.1080/1360144X.2015.1047373
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28399

Contact details

Primary location

FISHER BUILDING - Bldg 804
Level 3, Room 311
18 WATERLOO QD
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand