Sophie Arkoudis


Sophie Arkoudis

Associate Professor Sophie Arkoudis
Associate Director & Associate Professor in Higher Education

Phone: +61 3 8344 7434
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Associate Professor Sophie Arkoudis, PhD, MEd, Dip Ed, BA. 2012
Office for Learning and Teaching National Senior Teaching Fellow.

Sophie Arkoudis is Deputy Director of the CSHE and an Associate Professor in Higher Education. Her research interest broadly focus on student experience in higher education. Her research program spans English language teaching and assessment in higher education, curriculum design, student employability, teaching research nexus, academic workforce and internationalising the curriculum.

Sophie has led major national studies in recent years. In 2014, Sophie led a project commissioned by Australian Education International on English language proficiency and international students' employability. She has recently completed an Office for Teaching and Learning National Senior Teaching Fellowship on developing options and strategies for integrating English language learning outcomes in higher education curricula. She has also directed a national project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council focused on enhancing interaction between international and local students, which was awarded the International Education Association of Australia Award for Best Practice/Innovation in International Education in 2011. She was also a member of the Steering Committee that developed the Good Practice Principles for English Language Proficiency for International Students in Higher Education (DEEWR).

Sophie has published widely in the area of English language education. She has presented keynotes both nationally and internationally on her research into language and disciplinary teaching, English language standards, international students in higher education and English language development. She has supervised 17 research higher degree students to successful completion.


Relevant recent publications:

Books and monographs

Arkoudis, S., Baik, C. and Richardson, S. (2012) English language in higher education: From entry to exit, Camberwell: ACER.

Wheelahan, L., Arkoudis, S., Moodie, G., Fredman, N. and Bexley, E. (2012) Shaken not stirred?  The Development of One Tertiary Education sector in AustraliaNCVER.


Journal articles and book chapters

Arkoudis, S., Watty, K., Baik, C., Borland, H., Chang, S., Lang, I., Lang, J., & Pearce, A. (2013)  Finding common ground: enhancing interaction between domestic and international students, Teaching in Higher Education, 18(3), 222-235.

Arkoudis, S. (2013). English language standards and allegations of soft-marking. In Marginson, S. (Ed) Tertiary education policy in Australia. Melbourne: CSHE.

Arkoudis, S. (2013) Getting serious about English language standards in higher education.  Magnan, M., Soderquist, M., van Liempd, H. G. and Luittman, F. (eds), Internationalisation of Higher Education Handbook. Germany: RAABE Academic Publishers.

Bexley, E., Arkoudis, S. & James, R. (2012) The motivations, values and future plans of Australian academics, Higher Education, DOI 10.1007/s10734-012-9550-3.

Arkoudis, S., Bexley, E. & James. R. (2012). Addressing the Challenge of Maintaining the Australian Academic Workforce. Higher Education Forum, 9. RIHE, Hiroshima.

Arkoudis, S. & Tran, L. (2010) Writing blah, blah, blah: Academics' approaches and challenges in supporting international students, International Journal for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 22(2), 169-178. 

O’Loughlin, K. and Arkoudis, S. (2009) Investigating IELTS exit score gains in higher education, IELTS Reports Volume 10, 95-180.

Arkoudis, S. & Love, K. (2008) Imagined Communities in Senior School Mathematics:  Beyond Issues of English language ability, Journal of Asia-Pacific Communication, 18 (1) 71-90. 

Arkoudis, S and Tran, L. (2007) International students in Australia: Read ten thousand volumes of books and walk ten thousand miles, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 27(2) 152-169.


Book length research reports

Bexley, E., Daroesman, S., Arkoudis, S. & James, R. (2013). University student finances in 2012: A study of the financial circumstances of domestic and international students in Australia’s universities. Canberra: Universities Australia.

Wheelahan, L., Leahy, M., Fredman, N., Moodie, G., Arkoudis, S. & Bexley, E. (2012). Missing links: The fragmented relationship between tertiary education and jobs. Commissioned report prepared for NCVER.

Arkoudis, S., Baik, C., Marginson, S, and Cassidy, E. (2012) Internationalising the student Experience in Australian Tertiary Education: Developing criteria and indicators, Canberra: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Bexley, E., James, R. and Arkoudis, S. (2011) The Australian Academic Profession in Transition. Commissioned report prepared for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Arkoudis, S., Yu, X., Baik, C., Borland, H., Chang, S., Lang, I., Lang, J., Pearce, A. and Watty, K. (2010) Finding Common Ground: Enhancing interaction between domestic and international students, Sydney, ALTC.

Arkoudis, S. Hawthorne, L., Baik, C., Hawthorne, G. O’Loughlin, K., Leach, D. and Bexley, E. (2009) The Impact of English Language Proficiency and Workplace Readiness on Employment Outcomes and Performance of Tertiary International Students, Canberra: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.