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Sally Male

Assoc/Prof Sally Male

Associate Professor
Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering

Contact details
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.
I have the Chair in Engineering Education.

My overarching ambition, that motivates my 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. I undertake research in engineering education, higher education, and women in engineering. I have completed projects to improve engineering curricula and gender inclusion in engineering and computing.

I use quantitative and qualitative methods, and have worked with engineers at all levels, academics and students.

I welcome applications from people interested in completing a PhD in engineering education or women in engineering.
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. I 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 ( 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. In Theme 2, academics developed industry-inspired projects to be completed by students in engineering units.
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
I lead a program of engineering education research, and first class teaching and learning in engineering. I am especially focussed on high standards and engaging with practice throughout the curriculum.

I was selected a member of the UWA ATHENA SWAN Self Assessment Team, and elected to UWA Academic Board.
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 my research on enhancing industry engagement in engineering degrees, and gender inclusivity of engineering workplaces, for my PhD, I 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
Honours and awards
2017 Engineers Australia Medal
for significant contribution to engineering education and diversity in engineering.

2017 Australasian Association Engineering Education Research Design Award
for the Intensive Mode Teaching Project

2010 Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference Best Paper Award , Research Category, for paper titled "Understanding generic engineering competencies"
My research informs continuous improvement of engineering education nationally. I have developed and facilitated numerous workshops on curriculum development to educators in universities around Australia.

I oversee the Professional Practicum in the Masters of Professional Engineering. Additionally, I am the Program Chair for the first two years of the Engineering Science major, coordinate the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Design Project Units ELEC 5551 and 5552, and have primary responsibility for the introductory engineering unit ENSC 2011. I have supervised engineering students at final year, masters, and PhD levels.

I have given numerous invited presentations on higher education, engineering education, and women in engineering.
Current external positions
Associate Editor, Journal of Engineering Education

Editorial Board Member, Australasian Journal of Engineering Education

Governance Board Member, Engineering Institute of Technology

Executive Committee Member, Australasian Association for Engineering Education

Governing Board Member, Research in Engineering Education Network

STEM Columnist, HERDSA News, the magazine of the Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia

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

Executive Committee Member, Women in Science Australia (

New and noteworthy
Latest journal paper:
Male, S. A., Gardner, A., Figueroa, E., & Bennett, D. (2018). Investigation of students’ experiences of gendered cultures in engineering workplaces. European Journal for Engineering Education, 43(3), 360-377. doi:10.1080/03043797.2017.1397604

Latest report
Male, S. A. (2018). Student experiences of threshold capability development with intensive mode teaching final report. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Latest conference paper:
Male, S. A., Hargreaves, D. J., & Pointing, D. (2017, 10-13 December). The Emerging Suite of Virtual Work Integrated Learning Modules for Engineering Students. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2017), Manly, NSW.

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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