Associate Professor Sharon Herkes
Program Coordinator, Graduate Diploma in Health and Medical Services, The University of Notre Dame
Associate Professor Sharon Herkes has wide experience across Research, Industry and Teaching. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physiology (UQ), a PhD in Surgery (UQ) and completed a Post-Doctoral appointment at the Mayo Clinic (USA). On her return to Australia she led the Clinical Research Departments of Roussel-Uclaf and Sandoz (now Novartis) supervising Phase 3 International Clinical Trials. Her career break was successful in producing four children. Sharon taught Physiology at several universities before playing her long innings at The University of Sydney (where she taught for 15 years) and completed a graduate certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) in 2015. She received the Sydney University Vice-Chancellors Award for Outstanding Teaching for her interactive lecture model which has had a profound effect on student learning, engagement and performance outcomes in Physiology. Sharon was invited to coordinate the foundation years of the Sydney Medical Program and to the position of Theme Leader in Entrepreneurial Education by the USYD Innovation Hub. Sharon has been directing Post-Graduate programs in Health and Medical Sciences at the Notre Dame University Australia since 2020. Sharon has contributed to the scholarship of teaching and learning in areas such as gamification, blended learning and Peer Observation and Review of Teaching (PORT). She is an experienced reviewer of teaching practices and convenor of the Blended Learning in Labs & Lessons Symposium held annually at The University of Sydney since 2015. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK.
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Associate Professor Dane King
Head of Assessment
Associate Professor Dane King completed his Bachelor of Science (Bioinformatics) (Honours, first class) at the University of Sydney (2005) completing projects in software development and pharmacology. He subsequently was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine in 2013. Toward the end of his studies, he established the Research Computing Facility at the Bosch Institute before accepting a role as Lecturer in Physiology in the School of Medicine at The University of Sydney. Throughout 2014 and 2015, Dr King was instrumental in establishing the blended approach to physiology teaching used in the Charles Perkins Centre, which was recognised by the Sydney Medical School Award for Teaching Excellence (Support of the Student Experience, 2015). He concurrently completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) with project work focussing on strategies for improving student perceptions of feedback and generating high-quality multiple-choice questions. In 2016, Dane was recruited by Macquarie Univeristy to lead the introduction of the Bachelor of Clinical Science as Program Director. While establishing this accelerated program of study, he also played key roles in the development of the medical science curriculum and AMC accreditation of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) course. In 2018, Dane served as the Discipline Lead for Physiology, for the commencement of the MD program at Macquarie University. Dane also served as Deputy Chair of the Academic Standards and Quality Sub-Committee of Senate (ASQC) and was an active member of the University Examinations Working Group. A/Prof Dane King has keen interests in item and reliability analyses, examination blueprinting and test construction, benchmarking and moderation practices, and longitudinal analysis of student performance. His work is supported by his informatics expertise, significant teaching experience, past leadership roles in curriculum design and delivery, and familiarity working with educational data. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee serving as a biostatics advisor.
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