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
+61 7 336 51169


Kelly Matthews is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland’s Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation. She is an internationally recognised scholar of teaching and learning in higher education with 120+ research publications, 65+ invited talks, and 25+ funded projects worth $2.7 million. Impact on practice and policy is the focus of her research in the areas of:

  • curriculum development;
  • student partnership in educational co-design and co-creation;
  • professional development of university educators; and
  • scholarship of teaching and learning.

At UQ, Kelly serves on Academic Board and Academic Board Standing Committee, leads the UQ Teaching Focused Network, and has won several teaching awards.

Kelly translates research to practice by creating communities of learners, teachers, leaders, and specialist staff who inquire into, and reflect together on, their practices. She has organised and led international collaborative writing groups and change institutes; created the Students as Partners Network (now numbers 950+ students and staff); co-founded the International Journal for Students as Partners, and mentored countless scholars to write and publish about their teaching and learning.

Connect with Kelly on Twitter @kellymatthewsUQ, learn more about her research in this podcast conversation, and read her recent co-authored book, Writing about teaching and learning in higher education.


  • 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, NC USA: Elon University Center for Engaged Learning. doi: 10.36284/celelon.oa2

  • 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, NC, United States: Elon University Center for Engaged Learning. doi: 10.36284/celelon.oa1

  • 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

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor