Name Kay Maunsell
Job Lecturer – third level
Education BA (Moderatorship), Psychology (1991), Trinity College Dublin; Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (1996), Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin; PhD (2000), Trinity College Dublin
My academic journey broadly explores the interface across the disciplines of psychology, law and education through child/youth-centred and lifelong learning perspectives. In addition to my Psychology degree, PhD and Diploma in Legal Studies, I am due to graduate in 2010 with a MSc in Lifelong Learning Management from the School of Education at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Between 1991 and 2002 I lectured on a contractual basis in Child and Developmental Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.
In my current role, I am employed as a lecturer in Psychology and Human Development within the Education Department at St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra. I lecture primarily on social, developmental and educational psychology, lifelong learning and human rights education across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
As well as delivering courses, I am responsible for designing new courses and programmes and preparing them for submission for validation and accreditation. Central to my work is the supervision of students' research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This includes masters by research, taught masters and doctoral studies. My current duties also include supervising students' teaching practice and acting as a student mentor.
I maintain an active research profile and have been commissioned by a number of Irish government departments and by the European Commission to conduct research in the domains of lifelong learning, gender issues and juvenile justice in Ireland and across Europe. I have a particular interest in research into the rights of children and young people and those most marginalised. In recognition and support of my research endeavours, I was awarded the College Research Fellowship, 2007–2008.
A lecturer needs to have the ability to connect with students and learners, and to relate theory, research and policy in a meaningful way. They also need to encourage reflective, critical, interpersonal and community dimensions in students' education. An ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with your colleagues is a central facet of the job.
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