Calvin leads the MD Program professional learning (staff development) strategy that ensures a high-quality and consistent approach to learning facilitation across the whole of the Medical program.

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Research focus

Calvin's main theoretical research is focused on the application of theory in, and integration of theory with, professional practice. This informs his approach to professional learning / staff development. 

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Researcher biography

Calvin Smith, BA(Hons), GCertHEd, PhD is Associate Professor and Academic Lead for Professional Development in the Office of Medical Education, at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on the related themes of clinician-educator identity formation, clinician engagement in professional learning about teaching, and faculty development methods. Previous work focused primarily on theorising the impact of aspects of work-integrated learning curriculum on student learning and the development of employability with a particular focus on integrative learning, employability skills, lifelong learning and professional identity formation. The recipient of multiple internal and external research and development grants exceeding $1 million, Calvin's work has emphasized the importance of clarity in conceptualisation and oprationalization of constructs, and the use of appropriate research designs to answer useful questions about curricula. Calvin was Chief Investigator and Chief Investigator on the ALTC/OLT project Measuring The Impact Of WIL On Employability (2012-2014). Prior to that he was a co-leader of the OLT project Measuring and Reporting Teaching Quality (2010-2012), led an ALTC Extension Grant Project focused on student employability (2011) and was co-lead on The National GAP project (2008-2009).