This blog is written and moderated by Dr Lucinda McKnight, a lecturer in pedagogy and curriculum at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She is an early career researcher interested in evolving academic identity, as she moves from being a doctoral student to supervising higher degree by research students. She is writing the blog as part of an autoethnographic research study into her own emerging academic identity, and how pedagogical choices around supervision may be linked to this. The focus of the blog is on the blogger’s posts and if comments are to be specifically quoted in the research study, authors of comments will be individually contacted by email and invited to participate with full informed consent.

The purpose of the blog is also to share and disseminate examples of theory, pedagogy and practice that inspire excellent supervision. The intended audience for the blog is primarily academic supervisor peers, but will no doubt include some students. All are welcome, but please follow the guidelines below.

Please be aware any comments are in the public domain. Please do not identify individuals in your comments, as they may then not be able to be posted. Comments that identify individuals may also be edited before being posted.

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The blog is intended to showcase and promote inspiring doctoral supervision practices, and so commenters who have concerns or grievances about doctoral supervision are encouraged to contact the higher degree by research offices of their own institutions to discuss these concerns and seek support. Complaints about individuals will not be posted here.

The blog will be regularly maintained from February to July 2017, when the research element of the blog will be completed. The blog will then be continued with the purpose of improving the quality of research supervision, and research supervision training.

You can contact Dr McKnight via the blog, via l.mcknight@deakin.edu.au or follow


Recent publications on doctoral supervision:

McKnight, L., & O’Mara, J. (2017). Supervisory scratchings: critical autoethnography complicating “process” in doctoral supervision. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 1-10. doi:10.1080/15505170.2017.1312642

Other recent publications:

McKnight, L. (2017). Arthro-coda: Poetic Notes (re)forming Patti Lather’s Top Ten+ Lessons from the Ontological Turn. Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies. doi:10.1177/1532708617704454
McKnight, L., Rousell, D., Charteris, J., Thomas, K., & Burke, G. (2017). The invisible hand: Designing curriculum in the afterward. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. doi:10.1080/09518398.2017.1286406
McKnight, L., & Whitburn, B. (2017). The fetish of the lens: Persistent sexist and ableist metaphor in education research. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2017.1286407

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