Emeritus Professor Janice Orrell
Higher Education Evaluation and Development (HEED)
Emeritus Professor of Higher Education
Flinders University (South Australia)
Honorary life member
Australian Cooperative Education network
Honorary life member
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Emeritus Professor Janice Orrell is an Adjunct Professor of Higher Education and Assessment at Flinders University. Since 2008 she has been a consultant to universities in the fields of assessment, work-integrated learning, education for practice, quality assurance, research education and leadership and management in higher education. She is also a member of several Boards of Education for private higher education providers.
Janice initially taught in rural, remote and urban schools in Western Australia and South Australia and in an International School in India. Over the past 40 years she has been a graduate careers advisor and an academic researcher in the field of Work Integrated Education (WIE) and Work Integrated Learning (WIL), in which she has examined the educational, policy and legal issues required in stablishing links between industry and higher education programs. She has considered these matters from the point of view of academics, students, graduates and employers. She has also been employed as an academic in Aboriginal education, teacher education, nursing education and medical education. She established the Academic Development Unit at Flinders University in 1997, assisting academics to develop their careers and prepare them for their role as teachers. She was appointed a Foundation Director in 2006 at the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).
In 2010 she- co-published Work Integrated Leaning: A Guide for Effective Practice (London: Taylor and Francis) and in 2011 she published the WIL Good Practice Guide for the Office of Learning and Teaching. Janice has a particular interest in 2016, quality in Higher Degree Research supervision. co-edited Publishing Higher Degree Research: Making the Transition from Student to Researcher (Rotterdam: Sense). She has also published books and chapters in the fields of higher education as a field of practice, assessment in higher education, problem solving in higher education and integrity of care in health and in education.
She has been awarded lifetime membership in 2016 by the Australian Cooperative Education Network for her contribution to the scholarship and practice of work integrated learning and by HERDSA in 2017 for her contribution to higher education research and development. In 2021 she won international recognition for Outstanding Contribution, Promotion & Advocacy to Cooperative Education being awarded the James W. Wilson Award by the USA Cooperative Education & Internship Association.
Janice is also involved in non-formal education for women and girls in contexts where there seems to be little reason for hope. In particular, she works with a local team in Southern India who deliver a Grihini program that was established in 1986 for Tribal, Dalit and Repatriated Tamils from Sri Lanka.