Sara Weuffen

Position: BOLD Learning and Teaching Enhancement (Lecturer)

Location: U214a, Level 2 (Top Floor), Albert Coates Complex, Mt Helen Campus

Phone: (03) 5327 6089


Qualifications: B.Ed(PE); Ph.D (in progress)


Sara is an Early Career researcher in the field of Education. She has extensive experience in teaching at both secondary and tertiary education institutions. Sara is currently employed as a Lecturer in CLIPP and is responsible for coordinating the EDGCT5010 course as part of the Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching program. She also heads two working parties in CLIPP focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching.

Sara’s research is situated in the field of Education and History, with a specific focus on cross-cultural/racial education in the secondary and tertiary education sectors, and the scholarship of teaching and learning in the tertiary education sector. Her Ph.D thesis is concerned with pushing the boundaries of current education and research practices to explore ways in which schools and local Koorie communities may work together to present a shared-history account of Australia’s History. Sara’s Ph.D is supervised by Associate Professor Annette Foley (Principal), Associate Professor Fred Cahir (Associate), and Professor Margaret Zeegers (Associate). She intends to submit her Ph.D thesis in March 2017.

Sara is a research-active academic and a list of her current research outputs is provided below:

Journal Publications

  • Weuffen, S., Cahir, F., & Pickford, M. (2016). The centrality of Aboriginal cultural workshops and experiential learning in a pre-service teacher education course: A regional Victorian University case study. Higher Education Research & Development, Published Online 21 Oct 2016. DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1242557.
  • Weuffen, S., Cahir, F., & Zeegers, M. (2016). What’s in a name?: Exploring the implications of Eurocentric (re)naming practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nomenclature in Australian education practices. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. Published online April 2016. DOI: 10.1017/jie.2016.2.
  • Cahir, F., Weuffen, S., McMaster, S., (2016). “We will be a hard heartened crowd when we get back”: Encouraging an examination of the Australian War Graves Detachment. First World War Studies (under peer-review).

Conference Proceedings

  • Weuffen, S. (2016). “We’re trying to cover so much is such a little space. I wish there was just more time”. Mapping discourses of curriculum preparation for integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in Year Nine Australian History Classes. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference: Transforming Education Research, 27 Nov – 1 Dec, Melbourne Cricket Ground: Melbourne.
  • Weuffen, S., Chair, F., Pickford. M. (2016). Elders, education and experiential learning: A Victorian university case study analysis and review to centralising Aboriginal cultural workshops in a pre-service teacher education course. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference: Transforming Education Research, 27 Nov – 1 Dec, Melbourne Cricket Ground: Melbourne.
  • Weuffen, S., Pickford, M., Cahir, F. (2016). A collegial analysis, critique and engagement of a pedagogical approach to developing teachers’ cross-cultural literacy, education and communication skills through experientially engaging Aboriginal cultural workshops facilitated by Aboriginal Elders. Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference: Innovation, Interventions and Impacts, 3-6 July, Federation University Australia: Ballarat.