Professor Patsie Polly, Academic Mentor, Medicine

Patsie Polly

Professor Patsie Polly is a UNSW Scientia Education Fellow and Professor in Pathology, within the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. Patsie is recognised nationally and internationally as a medical research scientist, leading teacher and innovative education researcher, she has infused her extensive medical research experience into the classroom by strategically integrating adaptive lessons, ePortfolio pedagogy and collaborative communities of practice to allow her students to learn these career-relevant skills.

Patsie has expertise in authentic assessment, course and program-wide ePortfolio implementation/use within science-based degree programs at UNSW Sydney to facilitate student reflective practice and professional skills development. As a UNSW Teaching Fellow (2016-2017), Patsie has led ePortfolio use and implementation by engaging academic colleagues as a UNSW lead and invited investigator on cross-institutional projects addressing teacher professional development. As a Scientia Education Fellow, she leads BadgeCop, a community of practice focused on micro-credentialing at UNSW. As an Education Focussed (EF) Academic Champion she leads higher education excellence at UNSW by mentoring, supporting and navigating colleagues into the new EF Academic Stream and EF communities of practice.

Patsie is recognised internationally as a scholar with invitations to chair the US ePortfolio research special interest group (SIG) and lead virtual lab projects. Patsie has been recognised with numerous institutional/national teaching awards, nominations and multiple peer-reviewed research outputs in ePortfolio use and outcomes. 

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

Research Page

Mentoring for

Learning and Teaching

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

Learning and Teaching Awards, Grants and Promotions

  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching award 
  • development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching grant 
  • development of an application for a UNSW Award for Teaching 
  • development of an application for a UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund Program (SEIF) learning and teaching grant
  • development of an application for a UNSW promotion


  • development of an application for a research grant 
  • feedback on a journal article 
  • feedback on a conference paper 
  • reviewing a journal article 
  • establishing a research profile 

Career and Professional

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

Conditions for mentoring facilitation

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

Academic level of potential mentees

  • Lecturer C
  • Lecturer D


Willing to mentor within my discipline and/or across disciplines.