As a scientist with a background in interdisciplinary research, Associate Professor Jo-Anne Chuck (opens in a new window) has worked in various settings such as Co-operative Research Centres, start-up biotechs, industry, and academia.
These experiences drive Jo’s passion to engage and challenge students to understand their role in the broader workplace where they must work across scientific boundaries and interact and communicate with people outside their discipline. Jo has championed many units and courses which emphasise these themes.
Not only that, Jo has developed Work Integrated Learning resources for the Australian higher education sector as well as cross-discipline learning tools that allow students to gain confidence and competence in the skills relevant to their future careers.
Located in the School of Business, Dr Tendai Chikweche (opens in a new window) is originally a marketer by training but has diversified his areas of expertise to include entrepreneurship, innovation, and
design thinking. TC has worked in global corporations and SMEs and continues to be active in the innovation and entrepreneurship start-up space. He is passionate and committed to innovative curriculum design and has been involved in a number of initiatives that aim to equip students with life learning
skills that prepare them for a changing world of work. He is particularly interested in multi-disciplinary initiatives which take entrepreneurship and design thinking beyond the traditional business realm to include other important issues such as managing diversity in the workplace.
Associate Professor Jo-Anne Chuck and Dr Tendai Chikweche (TC) are exploring ideas related to two Sub-majors. The first focuses on cultivating students’ capacity to engage in the multidisciplinary nature of innovation and entrepreneurship. The intention is for students to learn about the enabling integrated technologies and academic frameworks of innovation and entrepreneurship, while developing the behaviours and language for participation to enhance their creative and collaborative skills. The second Sub-Major centres on opportunities for students to curate their identities for their professional futures, and to recognise the multiple applications of their discipline-based knowledge and training. Because graduates will be in workplaces that are not necessarily in their disciplinary areas in any straightforward way, they will need to wrestle with how their disciplinary mindset adds value and innovation to the solutions required to tackle the wicked problems of the future.
Further, Jo and TC are exploring Curiosity Pods in areas such as employability, creativity, reflection, personal branding, emotional intelligence skills for the workplace, and career boot camps. They are passionate about integrating WSU Innovation Hubs into the Sub-Majors so that students can see innovation and entrepreneurship at the local level. They are keen to explore partnerships with organisations such as the CSIRO, CrazyMightWork, NAB, Professionals Australia and Australian Industry Group.
Contact Jo (opens in a new window) and TC(opens in a new window) with feedback and ideas to progress the curriculum builds in this Challenge.