Our People

WCLA - Angela Paladino
Professor Angela Paladino

Professor Paladino is the Director of the Williams CLA and a Professor of Marketing. She has published her work in journals including the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Marketing Letters, Journal of Marketing Education, Environmental Education Research, Management International Review and The Journal of Business Ethics. Angela has been awarded over 12 international and national teaching awards from organisations including the Academy of Marketing Science. She has been awarded over $35M in competitive funding from national and international agencies including the Australian Research Council. Angela is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Product Innovation Management (JPIM). She is on the editorial review board of JPIM, the Journal of Marketing Education and the Journal for the Advancement of Marketing Education.

WCLA - Angelito Calma
Dr. Angelito Calma

Dr Angelito Calma is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the Williams Centre for Learning Advancement. He designs and delivers various professional development programs to support business academics at various stages of their career. He is also responsible for managing the Faculty’s quality assurance initiatives in relation to AACSB accreditation (eg. assurance of learning). An experienced teaching and research academic, Angelito has more than 20 years of experience teaching management subjects, particularly business analysis, decision science and quantitative methods in business. His research interests overlap education and business. He has published in both higher education and business and management journals.

He is regularly sought for advice concerning course accreditations, initial registrations and quality frameworks. His professional memberships include the Academy of Management, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia and the Australia and New Zealand Quality and Accreditation Network.

Angelito received his graduate qualifications from the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, De La Salle University and University of the Philippines. He was a visiting academic at University College London, Glasgow Caledonian University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Tohoku University and the National University of Singapore.

WCLA - Valerie Cotronei-Baird
Dr. Valerie Cotronei-Baird

Dr Valerie Cotronei-Baird, Learning and Teaching Specialist, WCLA. Valerie is a leader in the provision of learning and teaching advice. In her role she is primarily involved in working with academic teaching staff in the skill acquisition required to innovate teaching and assessment practices. Valerie’s research includes: the integration of employability skills in the business curriculum, the professional development of academic teaching staff, assessment and assessment criteria and feedback, engaging students in the classroom, collaborative learning and team-based assignments and online delivery.

WCLA - Miriam Edwards
Ms. Miriam Edwards

Miriam is an Educational Designer at the Williams Centre for Learning Advancement. She is also a doctoral student at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Miriam has extensive experience in higher education which includes teaching, curriculum renewal and subject design. Her research interests are in designing online courses which are both innovative and accessible to students with diverse needs.

WCLA - Austin Chia
Mr. Austin Chia

Austin Chia joins the Centre as a Lecturer in charge of the Tutoring in Higher Education program.  He previously worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Management and Marketing where he was responsible for coordinating various consulting subjects as well as leading the design and delivery of the Faculty’s flagship work-integrated capstone subject.  His innovative approaches to teaching learning has been recognized with various department- and faculty-level teaching awards as well as being the recipient of various teaching and learning research grants.

For over 10 years Austin has straddled the domains of industry practice, academic research and higher education teaching and brings to the role an interdisciplinary set of skills, experiences and knowledge.   He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance), Honours Degree in Commerce (Organisational Behaviour), Masters of Business and IT, Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and is a doctoral candidate with the Centre of Positive Psychology at UoM.  He also holds applied qualifications as a professional project manager and lean six sigma practitioner.

Ms. Alexandra Johnston

Alexandra Johnston joins the Centre as Associate Lecturer, co-coordinating the Tutoring in Higher Education program with Austin Chia.  Alexandra is currently completing her PhD on academics’ experience of peer review of teaching in higher education.  She holds a number of qualifications, including a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, Graduate Certificate degrees in Educational Research and University Teaching, and Bachelors degrees in Education and Fine Arts.

Alexandra has extensive experience in a range of educational settings over 20 years, bringing both industry practice and academic research skills and knowledge to her work in higher education teaching.

WCLA - Sonia Puglielli
Ms. Sonia Puglielli

Sonia is the Office Administrator and Personal Assistant to the Director. She coordinates academic programs, master classes, forums and events, administers the evaluation procedures associated with these programs and events, as well as providing financial and resources support for staff in the Centre. Sonia provides administrative assistance to academic staff, acts as a secretary for staff meetings, assists in the administration of teaching awards, and has an active role in the promotional activities of the Centre. As PA to the Director, Sonia liaises between the Centre, the Deans Office and the wider Faculty Secretariat, and is the Centre's representative in the OHS and Social Club Committee Meetings. Sonia has served the Faculty of Business and Economics for over thirty years and the Centre since 2002. She has a Certificate of Business Administration. In 2010, she was awarded an Outstanding Professional Staff of the Year Certificate.

Ms. Jessica Clydesdale

Jessica joins the WCLA team 3 days per week as an Office Administrator. She will assist in the co-ordination of the Tutoring in Business and Economics program, the internal WCLA staff PD sessions as well as assisting in the preparation of reports, website maintenance, and travel and accommodation arrangements for guest speakers, visitors and the Director. Jessica previously worked as a Personal Assistant for 3 years in the Education sector and Administration Assistant in the Medical sector.

Ms. Ruby Lowenstein

Ruby functions as a Web Coordinator to the WCLA, providing research, website and media support. She assists in graphic and media content, designing and producing promotional materials, and managing the team's social media and online presence.  Ruby has completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne, majoring in Screen and Cultural Studies and minoring in Politics and International Studies. She is currently completing her Honours year at the University of Melbourne specialising in Film Studies. Ruby started at the WCLA as an intern in 2018 and previously worked as an Academic Tutor for Secondary Education. tel:+61 3 8344 4189

Ms. Olivia  Tan

Olivia joins the WCLA team 3 days per week as an Office Administrator. Olivia previously worked as an Academic Programs Officer with the Faculty of Health Sciences and also provided academic programs support to the School of Psychological Sciences. Prior to joining the University she was an Executive Assistant for 3 years in the IT & Finance sector and have 3 years’ experience working with higher education providers in Australia and New Zealand.