About Ms Erica Sainsbury

Teaching and learning in the higher education sector in Australia, enculturation of students into professional communities

With her doctorate submitted, Erica will forge ahead working on the Large TIES grant from the University: “Improving professional teaching and learning through the development of a quality assurance process which aligns curriculum objectives, outcomes and assessments with professional standards and graduate attributes”.

Erica has received numerous awards for her teaching throughout her career: the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998; The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2002; and the Quality Teacher’s Award from the NSW Minister for Education and Training in 2002. In 2008, she received the Faculty of Pharmacy award for Support of the Student Experience.

Erica submitted her PhD thesis early in 2009. As an ECR, she has already published 9 peer-viewed journal articles.  Together with her colleagues, she has received research funding totalling just under $250,000.

Selected publications

  1. Ryan, G, Hanrahan, J, Krass, I, Sainsbury, E. & Smith, L. (2009). Contemporary curriculum development: A case study. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 73 (1).
  2. Sainsbury, E.J. & Walker, R.A. (2007). Assessment as a vehicle for learning: Extending collaboration into assessment. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 33, 103-117. (Published electronically 19th July 2007: DOI: 10.1080/02602930601127844)
  3. Smith, L.D., Saini, B., Krass, I., Chen, T.F., Bosnic-Anticevich, S.Z. and Sainsbury, E.J. (2007). Pharmacy students’ approaches to learning in an Australian University. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 71 (6).
  4. Sainsbury, E.J. and Walker, R.A. (2007). Same words, different meanings: Learning to talk the scientific language of pharmacy (pp. 13-25). In A. Brew and J. Sachs (Eds.), Transforming a university: The scholarship of teaching and learning in practice. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  5. Pressick-Kilborn, K.J., Sainsbury, E.J. and Walker, R.A. (2005) Making sense of theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches: Exploring conceptual change and interest in learning from a sociocultural perspective. Australian Educational Researcher, 32, 25-47
  6. Walker, R.A., Pressick-Kilborn, K., Arnold, L.S. and Sainsbury, E.J. (2004) Investigating motivation in context: Developing sociocultural perspectives. European Journal of Psychology, 9: 245-256 (invited paper in special issue)
  7. Kritikos, V., Watt, H.M.G., Krass, I., Sainsbury, E.J. and Bosnic-Anticevich, S.Z. (2003) Pharmacy students’ perceptions of their profession relative to other health care professions. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 11 (2), 97-105
  8. Sainsbury, E.J. and Ashley, J.J. (1986) Curve-fitting in pharmacokinetics: A comparison between gamma and biexponential fits. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 30: 243-244
  9. Sainsbury, E.J., Fitzpatrick, D., Ikram, H., Nicholls, M.G., Espiner, E.A. and Ashley, J.J. (1985) Pharmacokinetics and plasma-concentration-effect relationships of prenalterol in cardiac failure. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 28: 397-403
  10. Currie, P.J., Kelly, M.J., Middlebrook, K., Federman, J., Sainsbury, E.J., Ashley, J.J. and Pitt, A. (1984) Acute intravenous and sustained oral therapy with the beta-1 agonist, prenalterol, in patients with chronic severe cardiac failure. British Heart Journal, 51: 530-538