Professor Kelly Matthews


Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
+61 7 336 51169


Professor Kelly Matthews researches student voice and student partnership in higher education.

Scholars in 44 countries and across 21 discipline areas have cited Kelly's influential and far-reaching research. In the past five years, she has completed a National Teaching Fellowship and secured new funding from universities, the Australian Department of Education, the U21 Global Enhancement Fund and AdvanceHE with keynote invitations from institutions in Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Norway, and the UK.

Recognised as an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow (2015) and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2023), Kelly has received numerous awards for her collaborative leadership, embodying her dedication to advancing educational excellence in partnership with students and teachers.

In 2024, Kelly is collaborating on a cross-institutional study to explore student perspectives on artificial intelligence (AI), which is co-funded by Deakin, Monash, UQ, and UTS. She is also co-organising the 10th annual Students as Partners (SaP) Roundtable with students and staff from Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, US, and UK.

Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn, learn more about her research in this podcast conversation, and read her latest co-authored book, Writing about teaching and learning in higher education.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New Orleans


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  • Interested in joining the Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy (CAP) in Higher Education Group under my supervision? The first step is completing the Expression of Interest form. Follow the link, read the information, and then complete the form.

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Book Chapter

  • Oberg, Glenys, Matthews, Kelly E., Lincoln, Jennifer and McGrath, Nathan (2023). Stretching the boundaries of pedagogical partnerships in higher education through the lens of recognition. The Bloomsbury handbook of student voice in higher education. (pp. 427-438) edited by Jarusha Conner, Rille Raaper, Carolina Guzman-Valenzuela and Launa Gauthier. London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Academic. doi: 10.5040/

  • Liang, Yifei and Matthews, Kelly (2023). Culturally respectful pedagogical partnership (Asia). Inclusive learning design in higher education. (pp. 56-59) edited by Virna Rossi. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Matthews, Kelly E. (2022). Constructing higher education with students as partners in learning and teaching. Global student engagement: policy insights and international research perspectives. (pp. 158-170) edited by Hamish Coates, Xi Gao, Fei Guo and Jinghuan Shi. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003254096-15

  • Bunnell, Sarah L., Felten, Peter and Matthews, Kelly E. (2022). Toward trust in SoTL: the role of relational ethics. Ethics and the scholarship of teaching and learning. (pp. 129-146) edited by Lisa M. Fedoruk. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-11810-4_9

  • Cook-Sather, Alison and Matthews, Kelly E. (2021). Pedagogical partnership: engaging with students as co-creators of curriculum, assessment and knowledge. University teaching in focus: a learning-centred approach. (pp. 243-259) edited by Lynne Hunt and Denise Chalmers. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge/Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781003008330-14

  • Matthews, Kelly E. and Cook-Sather, Alison (2021). Engaging students as partners in assessment and enhancement processes. Assessing and enhancing student experience in higher education. (pp. 107-124) edited by Mahsood Shah, John T. E. Richardson, Anja Pabel and Beverley Oliver. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-80889-1_5

  • Matthews, Kelly E. (2020). Foreword. Building courage, confidence, and capacity in learning and teaching through student-faculty partnership: stories from across contexts and arenas of practice. (pp. vii-viii) edited by Alison Cook-Sather and Chanelle Wilson. Lanham, United States: Lexington Books.

  • Matthews, Kelly E. (2020). The experience of partnerships in learning and teaching: a visual metaphor. The power of partnership: students, staff, and faculty revolutionizing higher education. (pp. 119-121) edited by Lucy Mercer-Mapstone and Sophia Abbot. Elon, NC USA: Elon University Center for Engaged Learning. doi: 10.36284/celelon.oa2

  • Marquis, Beth, Healey, Mick and Matthews, Kelly E. (2019). Afterword. Pedagogical partnerships: a how-to guide for faculty, students, and academic developers in higher education. (pp. 279-281) Elon, NC, United States: Elon University Center for Engaged Learning. doi: 10.36284/celelon.oa1

  • Motley, Phillip, Divan, Aysha, Lopes, Valerie, Ludwig, Lynn, Matthews, Kelly E. and Tomljenovic-Berube, Ana (2019). Collaborative writing: intercultural and interdisciplinary partnerships as a means of identity formation. Critical collaboration communities: academic writing partnerships, groups, and retreats. (pp. 212-227) edited by Nicola Simmons and Anna Singh. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004410985_016

  • Lawrie, Gwen, Matthews, K. E. and Gahan, Lawrie (2019). Collaborative, scenario-based, open-ended, problem-solving tasks in chemistry. Teaching chemistry in higher education: a festschrift in honour of Professor Tina Overton. (pp. 105-122) edited by Michael K. Seery and Claire McDonnell. Dublin, Ireland: Creathach Press.

  • Cook-Sather, Alison, Matthews Kelly E. and Bell, Amani (2019). Transforming curriculum development through co‑creation with students. Reimagining curriculum spaces for disruption. (pp. 107-126) edited by Lynn Quinn. Cape Town, South Africa: African Sun Media.

  • Matthews, Kelly E., Cook-Sather, Alison and Healey, Mick (2018). Connecting learning, teaching, and research through student–staff partnerships: Toward universities as egalitarian learning communities. Shaping higher education with students: Ways to connect research and teaching. (pp. 23-29) edited by Tong, Vincent C. H., Standen, Alex and Sotiriou, Mina. London, United Kingdom: UCL Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctt21c4tcm.7

  • Matthews, Kelly, Marquis, Beth and Healey, Mick (2017). International collaborative writing groups as communities of practice. Implementing communities of practice in higher education: dreamer and schemers. (pp. 597-617) edited by Jacquie McDonald and Aileen Cater-Steel. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-2866-3_26

  • McManus, Michael E. and Matthews, Kelly E. (2016). Review of the undergraduate science curriculum at the University of Queensland. Transforming Institutions: Undergraduate STEM Education for the 21st Century. (pp. 189-198) West Lafayette, IN, United States: Purdue University Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

  • Eimear Enright, Kelly E. Matthews, Stuart Russell and Catherine Sherwood eds. (2018). National Students as Partners Roundtable Program. 4th Annual Australian National Students as Partners Roundtable, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2 October 2018. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

  • Kelly E. Matthews ed. (2015). National Students as Partners Roundtable Program. 1st Annual Australian National Students as Partners Roundtable, The University of Queensland, 23 October 2015. Brisbane, Australia: UQ.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Interested in joining the Curriculum, Assessment & Pedagogy (CAP) in Higher Education Group under my supervision? The first step is completing the Expression of Interest form. Follow the link, read the information, and then complete the form.