Fiona Peterson is Deputy Dean, Learning and Teaching of the School of Media and Communication. Her role is to provide strategic and scholarly leadership for learning and teaching across the School.
Fiona’s key accomplishments include:
- Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom, selected 2013 – one of only three outside the UK. Principal Fellows are recognised as "key strategic leaders in the development of learning and teaching at the institutional, national and international level" with sustained impact and influence, both within and outside their institution
- Sole-author of book Creative Leadership Signposts in Higher Education, 2013
- Assessor, Australian University Teaching Awards (Arts/Humanities), 2013, 2015
- Interim Dean, School of Media and Communication, 2012
- Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award for outstanding contributions to student learning, “for development of innovative curriculum incorporating virtual teamwork and collaboration with industry worldwide that prepared graduates for new leadership roles in the global networked environment”, Australian Awards for University Teaching, 2008
- Invited Education Track Director – Internet Research 9.0 Conference, Association of Internet Researchers, IT University of Copenhagen, 2008
Fiona’s research interests include the scholarship of learning and teaching; leadership in higher education; virtual communication and collaboration; and strategic knowledge networks. She is experienced in action research and cross-disciplinary approaches, including Mode 2 knowledge production and actor-network theory.
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Project, 2009-2011
createED: Strengthening learning and teaching in the creative arts disciplines
RMIT was the lead institution (de la Harpe, Peterson, Blythe), with partners UTas (Frankham), Curtin (Trinidad), QUT (Street), Newcastle (Vella), Charles Sturt (Cahalan) and CQU (Brien).
createED facilitated a strategic knowledge network for those in learning and teaching leadership roles across the creative arts disciplines nationally, to work together on issues of L&T importance such as innovative curriculum and pedagogy.
Associate Professor Fiona Peterson was also co-Leader of the Industry Studio Pedagogy Project (Peterson RMIT & McWhinnie UTS, and Lawrence UniSA, Arnold, Swinburne).
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Project, 2007-2009
Curriculum Development in Studio Teaching
UNSW was the lead institution, with RMIT University, UQ and UTas as partners in this two-year cross-university funded project. Chief Investigators at RMIT were Dr Fiona Peterson and Assoc Professor Barbara de la Harpe.
The project identified, described and investigated the circumstances and characteristics of studio teaching models in the disciplines of art, architecture and design.
Hewlett-Packard Project, 2006-2008
Teaching and learning innovation grant
Digital Publishing and Virtual Mobility in a Creative Knowledge Network
Dr Fiona Peterson was Leader/Principal Investigator. The research team included Assoc Professor Barbara de la Harpe, Dr Marsha Berry, Dr Les Horvat and Pauline Anastasiou.
The project focused on the collaboration of students in undergraduate Multimedia and Photography programs, between RMIT campuses in Vietnam and Australia. Student work was exhibited in ‘Second Life’.
The research team presented findings at the Hewlett-Packard Chameleon Federation of University Researchers Symposium, University of Bologna, Italy, 2007.
Fiona is a member of the School Executive and Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee. She is the School’s representative on the DSC College Academic Development and Students Committee and the Leadership Group.
Fiona is a Co-Chair of the University Appeals Committee, and member of University Discipline Hearing and Appeal Panels. She is on the University’s Panel of Experts as a Peer Reviewer for Learning and Teaching (for academic promotions/awards). She is often a panel member for Student or Teaching Awards, and University working parties. Fiona was a member of the University’s Academic Board, 2011–2013. She has been on Academic Promotion Panels for Business (2012); Design & Social Context (2013) and Science, Engineering & Health (2013).
Previous leadership roles include Program Director for six years, then Director of Learning and Teaching and Deputy Head of School for three years in the School of Creative Media.
Her communication teaching has spanned VE and HE coursework, with a focus on blended and work-integrated learning. She has facilitated many online collaborative projects for postgraduate coursework students working with industry mentors, to develop real world e-communication strategies. Examples of projects are with the World Bank and the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington; the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg; Ogilvy PR Worldwide, Kuala Lumpur; and Shell, The Hague.
Selected innovation projects
RMIT Learning & Teaching Investment Fund (LTIF) Project, 2010
The Lectorial Project: Trialling the use of lectorials to enhance learning and teaching in large classes
The leadership team included Assoc Professor Barbara de la Harpe, Deborah Warrender, Professor Ron Wakefield, Professor David Hayward and Dr Fiona Peterson. Academics in Advertising and Public Relations included David Fouvy, Caroline Van de Pol and Philippa Brear.
RMIT LTIF Project, 2009
Footsteps of the Impressionists – Online study tour of Paris
The team included Alex Syndikas, Dr Fiona Peterson, Filiz Ergec and Jody Fenn.
RMIT LTIF Project, 2007
WIL in the Creative Industries: Ethics and Professional Practice in Coursework Programs
A comprehensive web site was developed as a resource for exploring ethical practice and the ethical considerations when designing work-integrated learning environments.
Assoc Professor Barbara de la Harpe and Dr Fiona Peterson were co-Leaders and Chief Investigators for this project. The team included John Milton, Lisa Thompson-Gordon and Matthew Lim.
Global Design Studio Project, 2008-2009
In this international project between RMIT University (Dr Fiona Peterson, Assoc Professor Barbara de la Harpe, Liam Fennessey, Bronwyn Clarke, Marius Foley) and Northumbria University, UK (Dr Erik Bohemia), creative studio collaboration was explored between European and Australian design students.
- Cert IV Workplace Training
- MEd (Teaching)
Fiona’s PhD by thesis was titled: "Creating a strategic knowledge network and the new 'network advantage' for global education".
Her Masters thesis was titled: 'e-learning…e-working'.
As a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), which has headquarters in USA, Fiona’s IABC leadership roles include:
- Asia-Pacific Region Council Member, two terms, 2003-2007
- Judge, Asia-Pacific Region, Gold Quill Awards for professional communication excellence, 2004-2005
- International Grants Committee Member, 2006
- Research Foundation Research Committee / Research Evaluation Panel Member, 2003, 2006-2013
Fiona received a service award, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Asia-Pacific Region Council, 2007.
Selected industry research project
Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interaction Design (ACID) – Virtual Communities CRC Project, 2005-2007
The distributed research team for this project included academics from RMIT University, UTS and UQ. The RMIT team of Chief Investigators included Jeremy Yuille (program manager), Dr Laurene Vaughan and Dr Fiona Peterson.
The focus was industry contexts and the application of social networking tools and techniques – to promote idea generation and to resist knowledge loss, through enhanced virtual communication and collaboration and the creation of knowledge networks.
- Peterson, F. (2016). Media education for the global workplace: Developing employability skills through digital learning In: Media Education Research Journal, 6, 55 - 73
- Peterson, F.,Frankham, N.,McWhinnie, L.,Forsyth, G. (2015). Leading creative practice pedagogy futures In: Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, 14, 71 - 86
- Peterson, F. (2015). Creative leadership for interdisciplinary education In: The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, 22, 71 - 88
- Peterson, F.,Chester, A.,Attiwill, S.,Bateman, D. (2015). Learning and teaching scholarship: Discovery across disciplines In: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, 10, 33 - 50
- Peterson, F. (2013). Creative leadership signposts in higher education: Turn left at the duck pond, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam
- Greuter, S.,Tepe, S.,Boukamp, F.,Peterson, F.,Wakefield, R. (2013). Trouble Tower In: Interactive Entertainment Conference 2013 Melbourne, Australia
- Tepe, S.,Greuter, S.,Boukamp, F.,Peterson, F. (2012). Playing 4 safety - designing an engaging hazard recognition game for construction safety induction In: Proceedings of the CIB W099 International Conference 2012, Singapore, 10-11 September 2012
- Greuter, S.,Tepe, S.,Peterson, F.,Boukamp, F.,D'Amazing, K.,Quigley, K.,Van Der Waerden, R.,Harris, T.,Goschnick, T.,Wakefield, R. (2012). Designing a game for occupational health and safety in the construction industry In: Proceedings of The 8th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment: Playing the System, Auckland, New Zealand, July 21 - 22, 2012
- Peterson, F.,McWhinnie, L.,Lawrence, J.,Arnold, J. (2012). The industry studio in the creative arts: ten practitioner perspectives In: TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, , 1 - 21
- De La Harpe, B.,Mason, T.,Peterson, F. (2011). Reflections on establishing a network to strengthen leadership of learning and teaching in the creative arts In: Text: Special Issue Website Series, , 1 - 22
- Digital Publishing and Virtual Mobility in a Creative Knowledge Network. Funded by: Hewlett Packard Corporate Philanthropy: Teaching and Learning Grant pre-2014 from (2006 to 2008)
- Virtual Communities. Funded by: CRC for Interaction Design from (2005 to 2006)
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