Dr. Melanie White, Academic Mentor, Arts and Social Sciences

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Dr. Melanie White  is a member of the Sociology/Anthropology stream in the School of Social Sciences. She brings empathy and generosity into the classroom, and successfully creates learning environments that encourage students to exhibit intellectual openness, rigorous scholarship, and ethical and reflective practice. Melanie inspires her students to make deep connections between their lived experience and sociological theory. This is achieved through teaching techniques that have been described by students as ‘effervescent’. Melanie is the proud recipient of numerous teaching awards.

In 2015, she received the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2017, she received the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2014, she published a co-authored journal article titled ‘Police, design, plan and manage: Developing a framework for integrating staff roles and institutional policies into a plagiarism prevention strategy" in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 36(6) with Dr. Christopher Walker based on their collaboration into determining the conditions and remedies for student plagiarism and academic misconduct.

Email [email protected] to enquire if Melanie is available to mentor you. 

Mentoring for

Learning and Teaching

  • student learning
  • assessment and feedback
  • formative peer observation of teaching
  • convening a course
  • evaluation
  • general teaching methods

Learning and Teaching Awards and Grants

  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching award
  • development of an application for a UNSW Award for Teaching
  • development of an application for a national learning and teaching award 


  • feedback on a journal article
  • reviewing a journal article
  • establishing a research profile

Generic Mentoring  

  • how to decide on career priorities
  • supporting critical reflection through listening and asking questions

Conditions for mentoring facilitation

  • one-on-one mentoring  
  • group mentoring
  • 1-2 at any stage


Willing to mentor within my discipline and/or across disciplines

Academic level of potential mentees

Any level