Associate Professor Kelly Matthews

Associate Professor, Curriculum

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation

Affiliate Associate Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Affiliate Academic

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 51169


I am currently an Associate Professor of Higher Education and an elected member of the Academic Board at The University of Queensland in Australia. My attention is focused on nurturing learner-teacher relationships that foster meaningful learning opportunities in higher education. I am internationally known for my scholarship on engaging students as partners and collaborative leadership that creates learning communities advancing a shared goal for more human-centred and relational curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices in universities.

Recognised for teaching practices with both individual and team awards, I teach undergraduate students and university lecturers in the areas of pedagogy and curriculum. I have collaborated on 25+ projects worth $2.7 million and publish extensively across a range of academic genres and outlets. I am an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, and an inaugural co-editor for the International Journal for Students as Partners. As an elected Vice-President for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016-19), I co-authored the society’s first strategic plan.

My new, open-access book with Mick Healey and Alison Cook-Sather, Writing about Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, is now available along with a new Guidebook, Student Partnerships in Assessment, with Catherine Bovill and Tim Hinchcliffe published by Advance HE.

Connect with me on Twitter (@kellymatthewsUQ) or LinkedIn. Learn more about my research in this podcast conversation.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New Orleans


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Cook-Sather, Alison and Matthews, Kelly E. (2021). Pedagogical partnership: Engaging with students as co-creators of curriculum, assessment and knowledge. University Teaching in Focus: A Learning-centred Approach. (pp. 243-259) Taylor and Francis Inc..

  • Matthews, Kelly E. and Cook-Sather, Alison (2021). Engaging students as partners in assessment and enhancement processes. Assessing and enhancing student experience in higher education. (pp. 107-124) edited by Mahsood Shah, John T. E. Richardson, Anja Pabel and Beverley Oliver. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-80889-1_5

  • Matthews, Kelly E. (2020). Foreword. Building courage, confidence, and capacity in learning and teaching through student-faculty partnership: stories from across contexts and arenas of practice. (pp. vii-viii) edited by Alison Cook-Sather and Chanelle Wilson. Lanham, United States: Lexington Books.

  • Matthews, Kelly E (2020). The experience of partnerships in learning and teaching: a visual metaphor. The power of partnership: students, staff, and faculty revolutionizing higher education. (pp. 119-121) edited by Lucy Mercer-Mapstone and Sophia Abbot. Elon: Elon University Center for Engaged Learning.

  • Marquis, Beth, Healey, Mick and Matthews, Kelly E. (2019). Afterword. Pedagogical partnerships: a how-to guide for faculty, students, and academic developers in higher education. (pp. 279-281) Elon: Elon University Center for Engaged Learning.

  • Motley, Phillip, Divan, Aysha, Lopes, Valerie, Ludwig, Lynn, Matthews, Kelly E. and Tomljenovic-Berube, Ana (2019). Collaborative writing: intercultural and interdisciplinary partnerships as a means of identity formation. Critical collaboration communities: academic writing partnerships, groups, and retreats. (pp. 212-227) edited by Nicola Simmons and Anna Singh. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004410985_016

  • Lawrie, Gwen, Matthews, K. E. and Gahan, Lawrie (2019). Collaborative, scenario-based, open-ended, problem-solving tasks in chemistry. Teaching chemistry in higher education: a festschrift in honour of Professor Tina Overton. (pp. 105-122) edited by Michael K. Seery and Claire McDonnell. Dublin, Ireland: Creathach Press.

  • Cook-Sather, Alison, Matthews Kelly E. and Bell, Amani (2019). Transforming curriculum development through co‑creation with students. Reimagining curriculum spaces for disruption. (pp. 107-126) edited by Lynn Quinn. Cape Town, South Africa: African Sun Media.

  • Matthews, Kelly E., Cook-Sather, Alison and Healey, Mick (2018). Connecting learning, teaching, and research through student–staff partnerships: Toward universities as egalitarian learning communities. Shaping higher education with students: Ways to connect research and teaching. (pp. 23-29) edited by Tong, Vincent C. H., Standen, Alex and Sotiriou, Mina. London, United Kingdom: UCL Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctt21c4tcm.7

  • Matthews, Kelly, Marquis, Beth and Healey, Mick (2017). International collaborative writing groups as communities of practice. Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education. (pp. 597-617) edited by Jacquie McDonald and Aileen Cater-Steel. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-2866-3_26

  • McManus, Michael E. and Matthews, Kelly E. (2016). Review of the undergraduate science curriculum at the University of Queensland. Transforming Institutions: Undergraduate STEM Education for the 21st Century. (pp. 189-198) West Lafayette, IN, United States: Purdue University Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

  • Eimear Enright, Kelly E. Matthews, Stuart Russell and Catherine Sherwood eds. (2018). National Students as Partners Roundtable Program. 4th Annual Australian National Students as Partners Roundtable, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2 October 2018. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

  • Kelly E. Matthews ed. (2015). National Students as Partners Roundtable Program. 1st Annual Australian National Students as Partners Roundtable, The University of Queensland, 23 October 2015. Brisbane, Australia: UQ.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor