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Dr Julie Timmermans

BA (University of Waterloo), MA and PhD (McGill University)

Senior Lecturer

Email julie.timmermans@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 7522

About Julie

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I am a teacher, researcher, and educational developer with experience facilitating learning in various universities and countries, including Canada, Japan, France, and now, New Zealand. In all my work, I am committed to enhancing student learning and academic staff’s experience of teaching. I believe that the ideas which cause us intellectual and emotional discomfort might offer the greatest opportunities for development, and that learning is enhanced when environments are designed to allow people to explore the edges of their knowledge and understanding while being well-supported. I try to model this approach in my own teaching, research, and academic development practice.

Research

While doing doctoral work in Cognitive and Instructional Psychology, I became enthralled with understanding more deeply the ideas and experiences that instigate transformation in learners’ ways of knowing and being. My program of research now weaves together the related research areas of “threshold concepts” and “Decoding the Disciplines”. These two areas examine places where students often “get stuck” in their (disciplinary) learning and that may cause cognitive and emotional disruption. Once teachers are able to articulate the steps that they take as disciplinary experts to get through these difficult concepts, they may teach them more explicitly to students. Once students understand these concepts more deeply, they may perceive the discipline, and their emerging identities within it, in new and more integrated ways.

I am particularly interested in researching students’ and academic staff’s understanding and experiences of these “troublesome” disciplinary concepts. I would like to understand how students might best be supported through the “liminal space” between encountering new (and disruptive) ideas and integrating these ideas into new ways of thinking and being. I am also interested in applying the lenses of threshold concepts and Decoding the Disciplines to academic development practice. What concepts might be transformative in higher education pedagogy, shaping our practice and identities as teachers?

Supervision

Current students

I am particularly keen to supervise postgraduates in higher education who have research interests related to student learning development, transformative learning, academic (educational) development, threshold concepts, liminality, and Decoding the Disciplines. I am happy to co-supervise students with staff from other departments.

Past students

Salmah Kassim - PhD 2020

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Publications

Timmermans, J. (2021). Failure as a native informant [Keynote]. Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference (TC2020). Retrieved from https://easychair.org/smart-program/TC2020/index.html

Anakin, M., Ali, A., Lee, C., Wilkinson, T., & Timmermans, J. (2021). Violating values and beliefs explains why clinical teaching experiences can be demanding. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. 156. Retrieved from https://eventstudio.eventsair.com/anzahpe-2021/anzahpe-abstract-book

Sheffield, S. L.-M., & Timmermans, J. A. (2021). Creating a collaborative community spirit for the future of academic development. International Journal for Academic Development, 26(2), 117-120. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2021.1918851

Timmermans, J., on behalf of the HERDSA NZ Committee (2021). HERDSA New Zealand Higher Education Heroes Award: Recognising academic generosity in challenging times. HERDSA Connect, 43(1), 4-5. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa.org.au/publications/herdsa-news

Felten, P., Laksov, K. B., Geertsema, J., & Timmermans, J. (2021). Distinguished contribution to the scholarship of educational development: Associate Professor Kathryn Sutherland. HERDSA Connect, 43(1), 4. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa.org.au/publications/herdsa-news

Timmermans, J. A., & Land, R. (Eds.). (2020). Threshold concepts on the edge. Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV, 380p. doi: 10.1163/9789004419971

Edited Book - Research

Timmermans, J. A., & Land, R. (2020). Preface. In J. A. Timmermans & R. Land (Eds.), Threshold concepts on the edge. (pp. ix-xxi). Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV. doi: 10.1163/9789004419971

Chapter in Book - Research

Timmermans, J. A., & Meyer, J. H. F. (2020). Embedding affect in the threshold concepts framework. In J. A. Timmermans & R. Land (Eds.), Threshold concepts on the edge. (pp. 51-67). Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV. doi: 10.1163/9789004419971_004

Chapter in Book - Research

Timmermans, J. A., & Hoessler, C. (2017). Unfolding rapport-building professional development: Informational and transformational growth. In K. West, C. Hoessler, R. Bennetch, T. Ewert-Bauer, T. Wilson, J.-P. Beaudoin, … J. Timmermans, … N. A. Kenny (Eds.), Educational development guide series: No. 2. Rapport-building for educational developers. (pp. 66-73). Ottawa, Canada: Educational Developers Caucus.

Chapter in Book - Research

Meyer, J. H. F., & Timmermans, J. A. (2016). Integrated threshold concept knowledge. In R. Land, J. H. F. Meyer & M. T. Flanagan (Eds.), Threshold concepts in practice. (pp. 25-38). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. doi: 10.1007/978-94-6300-512-8_3

Chapter in Book - Research

Timmermans, J. A. (2010). Changing our minds: The developmental potential of threshold concepts. In J. H. F. Meyer, R. Land & C. Baillie (Eds.), Threshold concepts and transformational learning. (pp. 3-19). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Chapter in Book - Research

Anakin, M., Jouart, M., Timmermans, J., & Pinnock, R. (2020). Student experiences of learning clinical reasoning. Clinical Teacher, 17, 52-57. doi: 10.1111/tct.13014

Journal - Research Article

Timmermans, J. A., & Sutherland, K. A. (2020). Wise academic development: Learning from the ‘failure’ experiences of retired academic developers. International Journal for Academic Development, 25(1), 43-57. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2019.1704291

Journal - Research Article

Wass, R., Timmermans, J., Harland, T., & McLean, A. (2020). Annoyance and frustration: Emotional responses to being assessed in higher education. Active Learning in Higher Education, 21(3), 189-201. doi: 10.1177/1469787418762462

Journal - Research Article

Timmermans, J. A., & Meyer, J. H. F. (2019). A framework for working with university teachers to create and embed ‘Integrated Threshold Concept Knowledge’ (ITCK) in their practice. International Journal for Academic Development, 24(4), 354-368. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2017.1388241

Journal - Research Article

Timmermans, J. A., Bruni, C., Gorbet, R., Moffatt, B., Stubley, G., Williams, D., & Holmes, T. (2018). The flourishing of care in a multidisciplinary Faculty Learning Community. International Journal for Academic Development, 23(4), 367-373. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2018.1521335

Journal - Research Article

Timmermans, J. A., & Ellis, D. E. (2016). Reconceptualizing the scholarship of teaching and learning at the University of Waterloo: An account of influences and impact. New Directions for Teaching & Learning, 2016(146), 71-78. doi: 10.1002/tl.20189

Journal - Research Article

Timmermans, J. A. (2014). Identifying threshold concepts in the careers of educational developers. International Journal for Academic Development, 19(4), 305-317. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2014.895731

Journal - Research Article

McAlpine, L., Weston, C., Timmermans, J., Berthiaume, D., & Fairbank-Roch, G. (2006). Zones: Reconceptualizing teacher thinking in relation to action. Studies in Higher Education, 31(5), 601-615. doi: 10.1080/03075070600923426

Journal - Research Article

Sheffield, S. L.-M., & Timmermans, J. A. (2021). Creating a collaborative community spirit for the future of academic development. International Journal for Academic Development, 26(2), 117-120. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2021.1918851

Journal - Research Other

Sim, K. N., Timmermans, J. A., & Zou, T. X. P. (2020). Diversity matters: Academic development in times of uncertainty and beyond*. International Journal for Academic Development, 25(3), 201-204. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2020.1797950

Journal - Research Other

Timmermans, J., & Ellis, D. (2015). Further explorations of institutional culture. Journal of Eastern Township Studies, 44, 35-39. [Commentary].

Journal - Research Other

Timmermans, J. (2014). [Review of the book La pédagogie de l’enseignement supérieur: repères théoriques et applications pratiques. Tome 1: Enseigner au supérieur [Teaching and learning in higher education: Theoretical frameworks and practical applications. Volume 1: Teaching in higher education]]. International Journal for Academic Development, 19(2), 153-155. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2014.908095

Journal - Research Other

Felten, P., Laksov, K. B., Geertsema, J., & Timmermans, J. (2021). Distinguished contribution to the scholarship of educational development: Associate Professor Kathryn Sutherland. HERDSA Connect, 43(1), 4. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa.org.au/publications/herdsa-news

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Timmermans, J., on behalf of the HERDSA NZ Committee (2021). HERDSA New Zealand Higher Education Heroes Award: Recognising academic generosity in challenging times. HERDSA Connect, 43(1), 4-5. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa.org.au/publications/herdsa-news

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Timmermans, J. (2020). Essential reading IJAD. HERDSA Connect, 42(3), 16. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa.org.au/publications/herdsa-news/herdsa-connect-vol-42-no-3

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Anakin, M., Ali, A., Lee, C., Wilkinson, T., & Timmermans, J. (2021). Violating values and beliefs explains why clinical teaching experiences can be demanding. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. 156. Retrieved from https://eventstudio.eventsair.com/anzahpe-2021/anzahpe-abstract-book

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Timmermans, J. (2021). Failure as a native informant [Keynote]. Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference (TC2020). Retrieved from https://easychair.org/smart-program/TC2020/index.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wilkinson, T., Anakin, M., Timmermans, J., & Ali, A. (2020). A framework for analysing the antecedents of demanding teaching experiences on health professional educators in higher education [Short communications]. Proceedings of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE): The Virtual Conference. SC5.9 (6213). Retrieved from https://amee.org/conferences/amee-2020

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Anakin, M., Jouart, M., Timmermans, J., & Pinnock, R. (2019). Using activity theory to interpret students' experiences of learning clinical reasoning. Proceedings of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Annual Conference. (pp. 18). Retrieved from https://amee.org/home

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Anakin, M., Jouart, M., Timmermans, J., & Pinnock, R. (2019). Viewing student learning experiences as promoting/inhibiting participation in using, and co-constructing, clinical reasoning skills. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. (pp. 180-181). Renmark, Australia: ANZAHPE. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Hall, K., Pinnock, R., Wilkinson, T., & Timmermans, J. (2019). Threshold concepts and being a good doctor [Workshop]. Proceedings of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Annual Conference. Retrieved from https://amee.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Rogers, T., Sutherland, K., Tennant, E., Elgort, I., Golding, C., Wass, R., & Timmermans, J. (2019). Teaching and learning circles: An initiative aimed at enhancing teaching culture and practice. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference: Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Timmermans, J., & Sutherland, K. (2019). Learning from failure: Lessons from academic development leaders. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference: Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Land, R., Rattray, J., & Timmermans, J. (2018). Threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge [Invited workshop presentation]. Proceedings of the 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference. Retrieved from https://miamioh.edu/hcwe/threshold-concepts

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Pinnock, R., Jouart, M., Timmermans, J., & Anakin, M. (2018). Students' approaches to learning clinical reasoning: Evidence as a threshold skill. Proceedings of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference. (pp. 190). Retrieved from https://www.amee.org/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Timmermans, J. (2018). Reconceptualizing the liminal space as a space of wellbeing. Proceedings of the 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference. Retrieved from https://miamioh.edu/hcwe/threshold-concepts

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Bruni, C., Dea, S., Gorbet, R., Moffatt, B., Stubley, G., Timmermans, J., & Williams, D. (2017). Cultivating curiosity and care on the threshold [Panel discussion]. Proceedings of the University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference. Retrieved from https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/university-waterloo-teaching-and-learning-conference-2017-1#s101

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Stubley, G., Holmes, T., & Timmermans, J. (2017). Decoding our threshold concepts [Workshop]. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA). Retrieved from http://ceea2017.engineering.utoronto.ca/opalsingleevent-session/workshop-session-c-1-engineering-education-methods-decoding-our-threshold-concepts/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Timmermans, J., & Meyer, J. H. F. (2017). A framework for supporting curriculum transformation with threshold concepts. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Pre-Conference Workshop. Retrieved from http://herdsa2017.org/workshop-framework-curriculum-transformation.php

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Hoessler, C., Iqbal, I., & Timmermans, J. (2015). Setting our sights: Exploring alternative career routes in educational development [Panel discussion]. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Retrieved from https://stlhe15.sched.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Poole, G., Kenny, N., Marquis, E., Admundsen, C., Simmons, N., Xin, C., … Timmermans, J., & Watson, G. (2015). Creating SoTL concertos towards institutional impact. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Retrieved from https://stlhe15.sched.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Meyer, J. H. F., & Timmermans, J. (2014). Integrated threshold concept knowledge. Proceedings of the Threshold Concepts in Practice Conference. Retrieved from http://www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/~mflanaga/AbstractIndex.html#t

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Middendorf, J., Shopkow, L., Pace, D., Barnett, J., & Timmermans, J. (2014). An accountant, a geologist, and a historian walk into a bar...decoding disciplinary epistemologies [Panel discussion]. Proceedings of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) Conference. Retrieved from https://www.guidebook.com/guide/22831

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Barnett, J., & Timmermans, J. (2013). The role of identifying and decoding bottlenecks in the redesign of tax curriculum. Proceedings of the Opportunities and New Directions Conference. Retrieved from https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/research-teaching-and-learning/2013/2013-opportunities-and-new-directions-conference/session-descriptions-and-links-presenter-materials-if#405

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Barnett, J., & Timmermans, J. (2013). The role of identifying and decoding bottlenecks in the redesign of tax curriculum. Proceedings of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference. Retrieved from http://sched.co/10hacB5

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Stubley, G., & Timmermans, J. (2013). Generating effective feedback from demonstration lectures. Proceedings of the Opportunities and New Directions Conference. Retrieved from https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/research-teaching-and-learning/2013/2013-opportunities-and-new-directions-conference/session-descriptions-and-links-presenter-materials-if#100

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Sproule, R., Berberich, G., & Timmermans, J. (2012). Teaching mentor program. Opportunities and New Directions Conference: Sharing Practices and Research on Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/research-teaching-and-learning/opportunities-and-new-directions-conference/2012

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Timmermans, J. (2012). Exploring the meaning of “development” in educational development. Proceedings of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference: Learning Without Boundaries? Retrieved from http://www.mcgill.ca/stlhe2012sapes/program/concurrent-sessions/session-1

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Timmermans, J., & Weston, C. (2012). Identifying threshold concepts in educational development. Proceedings of the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) Conference: Threshold Concepts. Retrieved from https://internationalthresholdconce2012a.sched.com/event/10geZSN/identifying-threshold-concepts-in-educational-development

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Timmermans, J. A. (Ed.). (2019). Proceeding of the Celebrating Higher Education Symposium 2018. Dunedin, New Zealand: Higher Education Development Centre, University of Otago. 37p. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/hedc/otago684376.html

Conference Contribution - Edited volume of conference proceedings

Sandler, L., Kaufman, D., Timmermans, J., Deutsch, M., Nicol, S., & Cooper, K. (2021, January-February). Love tapestry: Acts of loving kindness. Workshop presentation at the Growth Edge Network (GEN) Gathering: Chasing the sun, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

VanEck, D., & Timmermans, J. (2021, January-February). Leveraging failure: Join the learning in progress. Workshop presentation at the Growth Edge Network (GEN) Gathering: Chasing the sun, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Timmermans, J., & Bugenhagen, M. (2019, September). The space of developmental thresholds. Verbal presentation at the Growth Edge Netowork (GEN) Gathering: CampGEN: Good Help For Our Growing Edges, Marriottsville, MD.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Kumar, V., & Timmermans, J. (2018, September). Inspiring colleagues to start again: Learning from failure in academia. Verbal presentation at the 6th International Academic Identities Conference, Hiroshima, Japan.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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