Professor Terry Cumming, Academic Mentor, Arts & Social Sciences

Terry Cumming

Professor Terry Cumming is a Scientia Education Academy fellow and has had extensive leadership experiences in learning and teaching, including her current role as Master of Teaching Program Director, a three-year term as Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching), and membership on the Faculty Academic Programs and Academic Quality Committees. Terry’s passion for teaching has been recognised with two Faculty of Arts and Social Science Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, an UNSW Australia Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Australian College of Educators Ralph Rawlinson Award for Education of Students with Disadvantage.  

Terry's teaching and research focus on promoting the use of evidence-based practices to support the learning and behaviour of students with disabilities and the use of technology to create inclusive, accessible, and engaging learning environments. Since her appointment at UNSW Sydney in 2008, she has designed and taught a number of courses, including co-designing the School of Education's MEd Special Education Program. Her expertise in special education has been acknowledged through invitations to be a panellist providing evidence to the Legislative Council’s Committee investigation on the education of students with disabilities and a consultant to the NSW Ombudsman inquiry into behaviour management in schools. 

Terry's publications include 3 co-authored books and a co-edited book, as well as many book chapters, journal articles and national and international conference papers. Prior to her university and research work, Terry has many years’ experience as a special educator and behaviour mentor in the United States.

Email t.cumming@unsw.edu.au to enquire if Terry is available to mentor you. 

Research Page.

Mentoring for

Learning and Teaching

  • student learning 
  • learning and teaching curriculum design 
  • assessment and feedback 
  • feedback on course structure for teaching units 
  • convening a course 
  • integrating technologies into learning and teaching 
  • general teaching methods 
  • active learning spaces

Research

  • feedback on a journal article 
  • feedback on a conference paper 
  • reviewing a journal article 
  • conducting interviews and focus groups

Career and Professional

  • how to establish and build networks 
  • how to decide on career priorities

Conditions for mentoring facilitation

  • one-on-one mentoring
  • 1-2 mentees at any stage

Academic level of potential mentees

  • Lecturer A 
  • Lecturer B

Discipline 

Willing to mentor within my discipline and/or across disciplines.