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Sally Male

Assoc/Prof Sally Male

Associate Professor
Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, School of

Contact details
School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
The University of Western Australia (M018)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 1242
+61 8 6488 1065
Room 4.22, Electrical Engineering Building, Perth campus
BE PhD W.Aust.
Sally's overarching ambition, that motivates her research and activities, is to give engineering students the best possible opportunity to develop their capabilities and strengthen their personal qualities for successful lives contributing professional leadership and general benefit to a well-functioning society. Sally undertakes research in engineering education, higher education, and women in engineering. She has completed projects to improve engineering curricula and gender inclusivity in engineering and computing.

Sally uses quantitative and qualitative methods. She has worked with engineers at all levels, academics and students.
Key research
Virtual Work Integrated Learning for Engineering Students. An Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Innovation and Development Project.
Student Experiences of Threshold Capability Development with Intensive Mode Teaching. An Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Strategic Priority Project
Enhancing industry engagement in engineering education. Sally undertook the research and was the project manager on the project 'Enhancing industry engagement in engineering degrees', for the Australian Council of Engineering Deans. Twelve universities participated in the project along with peak industry bodies. The project had two themes. In Theme 1 guidelines with recommendations for effective industry engagement in engineering degrees were developed and tested. In Theme 2, academics developed industry-inspired projects to be completed by students in engineering units.
Theme 1 involved surveys and interviews with industry members, academics, and students; forums in which the draft guidelines were reviewed, and testing and evaluation of the guidelines. The guidelines are available at
Other projects:
Gender inclusivity in engineering education.
Engineering thresholds: an approach to curriculum renewal
Competencies of engineering graduates
Publications listed at

Sally has over 45 refereed publications. She has papers in the European Journal of Engineering Education, the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, Education Research and Perspectives, Education & Training, and in Higher Education. She has 5 book chapters in the field of engineering education including one on the threshold concept that engineering is gendered.

Publications on competencies of engineering graduates are listed at

Publications on engineering threshold concepts are listed at
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Sally has the Chair in Engineering Education at The University of Western Australia. She leads a program of engineering education research, and first class teaching and learning in engineering. She is especially focussed on high standards and engaging with practice throughout the curriculum.

Sally leads the projects 'Virtual Work Integrated Learning for Engineering Students' and 'Student Experiences of Threshold Capability Development with Intensive Mode Teaching'

Sally has been selected as a member of the UWA ATHENA SWAN Self Assessment Team.
Funding received
National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education 2017 'Access to Work Integrated Learning: Influence of Communities of Practice'

Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching 2015 'Virtual Work Integrated Learning for Engineering Students'

Australian Government Office for Learning & Teaching 2014 Strategic Priority Grant 'Student Experiences of Threshold Capability Development with Intensive Mode Teaching'

Australian Government Office for Learning & Teaching 2013 Seed Grant 'Gender inclusivity of engineering students' experiences of workplace learning'

UWA Education Research Seed Funding Grant 2013 'Investigation of Gender Inclusivity of Student Exposure to Engineering Practice at UWA'

UWA Research Collaboration Award - International Engineering Thresholds 2011 'International Engineering Thresholds'

UWA Faculty of Engineering, Computing, and Mathematics Research Development Award 2012 'Students' Experiences of Threshold Concepts'

Australian Council of Engineering Deans support for Engineering Thresholds: An Approach to Curriculum Renewal 2010
Industrial relevance
In addition to her research on enhancing industry engagement in engineering degrees, and gender inclusivity of engineering workplaces, for her PhD, Sally studied industry perceptions of competencies required by engineers graduating in Australia.
Fellow, Institution of Engineers Australia
Member, Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Member, Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Member, Graduate Women WA
Fellow, UWA Faculty Academy for Scholarship in Education
Honours and awards
2010 Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference Best Paper Award , Research Category, for paper titled "Understanding generic engineering competencies"
Sally's research informs continuous improvement of engineering education nationally. She has developed and facilitated numerous workshops on curriculum development to educators in universities around Australia.

Sally is responsible for the Professional Practicum in the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. She is the Unit Coordinator for the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Design Project Units 5551 and 5552. Sally has supervised engineering students at final year, masters, and PhD levels.

Sally has given numerous invited presentations on higher education, engineering education, and women in engineering.
Current external positions
Governance Board Member, Engineering Institute of Technology

Advisory Council Member, Women in Oil and Gas - Perth (WIOG)

Editorial Board Member, Australasian Journal of Engineering Education

Executive Committee Member, Women in Science Australia (
New and noteworthy
Latest journal paper:
Guzzomi, A. L., Male, S. A., & Miller, K. (2017). Students’ responses to authentic assessment designed to develop commitment to performing at their best. European Journal for Engineering Education, 42(3), 219-240. doi:10.1080/03043797.2015.1121465

Latest conference paper:
Male, S. A., King, R., & Hargreaves, D. (2016). Drivers and Barriers to Industry Engaging in Engineering Education. Paper presented at the 12th International CDIO Conference, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland.

Latest book chapter:
Bennett, D., & Male, S. A. (2017). A Student-Staff Community of Practice within an Inter-University Final-Year Project. In J. McDonald & A. Cater-Steel (Eds.), Communities of Practice – Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education: Springer.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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