Dr Kathryn Sutherland

  • Associate Professor, Centre for Academic Development
    Faculty contact Wellington School of Business and Government, Law (until May 2020)
    Research Areas:
    Academic development Early career academic experiences


Kathryn returned to CAD in 2016 after nearly six years as Associate Dean (Students, Learning & Teaching) in the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She coordinates the Victoria Early Career Academic Programme (VECAP), designed to support early career academics with establishing their academic careers, building supportive peer and mentoring networks, and developing their teaching and research. Kathryn also coordinates the Ako in Action programme, partnering students and academics to work together on teaching development and design. Kathryn’s research mainly focuses on the experiences of and support for early career academic staff, and she has received several awards for both her research and teaching. She is available to supervise PhD students in the following broad areas:

  • early career academic experiences
  • academic development as a field of research and practice
  • civic engagement and service learning
  • work-integrated learning and/or employability.

Grants and Awards


  • 2019 Teaching and Learning Circles: Developing reflective practice and enhancing teaching culture. $9,981. (Ako Aotearoa Central Hub Fund Research Grant)
  • 2017: Learning and Teaching Research Fund: “Learning from early adopters: Sustainable change towards high-impact pedagogies” ($7000)
  • 2017: OLT National Teaching Fellowship project, external evaluator and international advisory team member: “Making Connections: Future-proofing the generalist Bachelor of Arts”. (AUD$5000)
  • 2014: Learning & Teaching Development Fund Research Grant: “Developing the graduate attributes and employability skills of BA students through internship placements” ($20,000)
  • 2012: Learning & Teaching Development Fund Grant: “Internships in the Bachelor of Arts” ($20,000)
  • 2011: Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund Research Grant: “Success in Academia” ($122,244)
  • 2010: HERDSA Conference Creative Presentation Award (with Linda Bowden)
  • 2010: University Research Fund Grant: “Developing Scholarly Habits” ($17,000)
  • 2010: Ako Aotearoa Central Hub Research Grant: “Developing Scholarly Habits” ($2471)


  • Teaching Excellence Award (Victoria University of Wellington), 2018
  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), awarded June 2018
  • Distinguished Contribution to the Scholarship of Educational Development (2018)

Recent Publications

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2019.1704291

Timperley, C., Sutherland, K.A., Wilson, M., & Hall, M. (2020). “He moana pukepuke: Navigating gender and ethnic inequality in early career academics’ conference attendance”. Gender & Education, 32(1), 11-26. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09540253.2019.1633464

Lenihan-Ikin, I., Olsen, B., Sutherland, K.A., Tennent, E., & Wilson, M. (2020). Partnership as a civic process. Chapter 5, pp. 87-98. In (Eds.) L. Mercer-Mapstone & S. Abbot. The power of partnership: Students, staff, and faculty revolutionizing higher education. Center for Engaged Learning Open Access Series. ISBN: 978-1-951414-02-3. https://doi.org/10.36284/celelon.oa2

Sutherland, K.A. (2019). Emerging voices and trends in academic development. International Journal for Academic Development, 24(2), 93-96. https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2019.1596344.

Sutherland, K.A., Lenihan-Ikin, I., & Rushforth, C. (2019). Valuing students as partners. In (Eds.) S. Lygo-Baker, I. Kinchin & N. Winstone (pp. 37-54). Engaging student voices in higher education. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-20824-0_3

Sutherland, K. (2018). Cultivating connectedness and generosity in universities: A view of early career academic experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand. On Education, 1(3). https://www.oneducation.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/10.17899_on_ed.2018.3.8.pdf

Sutherland, K.A. (2018). Holistic academic development: Is it time to think more broadly about the academic development project? International Journal for Academic Development, 23(4), 261-273. https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2018.1524571.

Sutherland, K.A. & Hall, M. (2018). The ‘impact’ of academic development. International Journal for Academic Development, 23(2), 69-71.

Sutherland, K. (2018). Early career academics in New Zealand: Challenges and prospects in comparative perspective. Cham: Springer. ISBN: Print 978-3-319-61829-6. http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319618296

Sutherland, K. (2017). Constructions of success in academia: An early career perspective. Studies in Higher Education, 42(4), 743-759. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1072150

Harvey, M. & Sutherland, K.A. (2017). (Eds.). Quality learning and teaching with sessional teachers: Systematising good practice for academic development. International Journal for Academic Development, 22 (1).