Research Fellow, Assessment and Reporting

Having earned a PhD and plethora of qualifications in Biology, Anthropology and Forensic Science (to name a few), Rebecca is an experienced classroom teacher, tutor and university lecturer. Joining ACER in 2010, Rebecca works across a variety of high-profile national and international projects on a daily basis. A universally familiar and respected member of the family, she is also an active contributor to many of our Staff Social Club initiatives and events.

Let’s get to know our social advocate a little better…

What do you do in your role?

RT: I work across both the Assessment and Reporting and the Higher Education team.

For Assessment and Reporting I contribute to the development of a number of assessments and general skills tests provided by ACER, as well as national and international population assessments in Science; national assessments on generic skills within the Mathematics/Science domain; national and international admission tests in Health Science courses and assessment of Knowledge and Pedagogy in Science teaching.

Within Higher Education I work as project director of the General Practice Education and Training Ltd Registrar Satisfaction Survey (RSS); a new survey instrument which I helped to write that measures the level of general practice registrar satisfaction with the quality of their training, training providers and with their career progression. I am also a project director on the evaluation of the Bi-College accreditation Program, a program run by the two general practice colleges in Australia to accredit the 17 Regional Training Providers of GP training.

What do you love most about your role?

RT: I love the diversity of projects that occur within ACER. Being able to work across a few teams keeps my day-to-day work both interesting and challenging. I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Dubai to run panels for the development of the Science component of the UAE National Assessment Plan, a project we undertake for the UAE Ministry of Education. It’s been great to witness educational assessment within a different country and culture.

What is the most challenging aspect of your role?

RT: Being creative and keeping an open mind to feedback provided by colleagues on our work. Not really a huge challenge – just something that is imperative to my job (the feedback bit)!

How did you end up in your current field?

RT: Interesting pathway – through a combination of teaching secondary students in Units 3 and 4 Biology, junior science and mathematics as well as completing a PhD from the Melbourne Dental School titled: ‘Analysis of three-dimensional craniofacial images: applications in forensic science, anthropology and clinical medicine’. I saw a job advertised in the paper and thought “that’s a company I’d like to work for!!”

How would you describe ACER, its culture and its people?

RT: ACER is a flexible workplace with a large staff base full of people with interesting backgrounds. Being an active member of the staff Social Club has given me a good opportunity to meet many of the great people we have on staff – both in Melbourne where I’m based, interstate and overseas.

When you’re not busy enjoying life at ACER, what keeps you occupied? Any hobbies? 

RT: I love playing netball, keeping fit (there are a couple of gyms near work as well as some good running/walking tracks) and catching up with family and friends.