PhD Teaching Fellows Program

Our PhD Teaching Fellows program equips high performing students with the teaching expertise and leadership experience required for successful academic careers in leading global institutes.

Open to late stage PhD candidates, the 12-month program supports you to enter the marketplace job-ready and make a distinctive contribution to academic life.  

As a PhD Teaching Fellow, students will:

  • Benefit from personal mentoring under the guidance of world-renowned academics
  • Undertake formal and peer-oriented development of teaching skills
  • Develop capacity to articulate teaching approaches and capabilities
  • Be immersed in the intellectual and cultural life of UNSW Business School
  • Be part of a cohort of like-minded, future academics and build a cross disciplinary network
  • Build capability in job application and career plan development
  • Compile a robust teaching portfolio, including evidence of teaching performance

For further details about the PhD Teaching Fellows program please contact the PhD Teaching Fellows Director.

2021 PhD Teaching Fellows

Yunshen Yang

Yunshen Yang is a Scientia PhD candidate and a teaching fellow in the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, he is also the student representative for 2021. Yunshen holds a BSc in Statistics and a MSc in Management Science and Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China where he is admitted in the Special Class for Gifted Yound.

Yunshen is teaching Life Insurance and Superannuation (ACTL3151/5105) and is very passionate about leading students to think actively and deeply. He always encourages students to practice their logic thinking and build connections within different concepts that they have learned before.

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Ava Yu

Ava is a doctoral candidate and PhD Teaching Fellow in the School of Marketing. Ava’s research interest is in Service Marketing. Her PhD thesis focuses on the co-creation in the learning services industry. Through her thesis work, Ava hopes to add to knowledge in the areas of marketing education, consumer behaviour, and social marketing.

Before commencing her PhD, Ava spent two years working in the education industry. This experience not only made Ava realise her passion for teaching and pave her way to be the PhD Teaching Fellow, but also led her research interest to Marketing Education.

In support of her research, Ava was awarded a student travel grant to attend the 2019 Australia and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (ANZMAC) Doctoral Colloquium, where she received a Highly Commended Paper award.

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Zhongyuan Ciu

Leo Liu is a doctoral candidate and PhD Teaching Fellow in the School of Banking and Finance. His research interests include corporate governance, applied industry organization and market microstructure.

Leo has presented his work at several international finance conferences, including the Financial Management Annual Meeting, Asian Finance Annual Meeting, FIRN Annual Conference.

Currently, Leo lectures in Empirical Techniques in Finance (MFIN6201). Leo’s teaching speciality is advanced econometric methods.

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Miaodi Han

I am a Scientia PhD candidate and PhD Teaching Fellow with the School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation. I hold BCom from the University of Queensland (UQ) and BCom Honours Degree from UNSW (with Honours First Class and The University Medal). My PhD project primarily focuses on the outcomes of auditors’ online information search. I also work on a project developed from my Honours thesis, which focuses on earnings decomposition and market efficiency.

I actively participate in many International Accounting and Auditing research conferences and doctoral consortiums. I have presented my working paper at the 2019 Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Annual Conference and I served as a PhD reviewer for reviewing the 2021 AFAANZ Annual Conference paper submissions. I also participated in the 2021 Auditing Section Doctoral Consortium held by American Accounting Association.

I have received several awards and scholarships, including Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence from UQ, UNSW Business School Honours Scholarship, UNSW University Medal, and UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship.

I am enthusiastic about teaching and plan to tutor undergraduate students in the Integrated-First-Year subject, Financial Management (COMM1140). I am scheduled to submit my PhD thesis in 2023 and plan to develop my career in academia after graduation.

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Blair Wang

Blair has extensive experience in the practice of information systems and technology, having completed three industry placements during his time as Co-op Scholar in Information Systems at UNSW from 2012 to 2015, and having worked in technology consulting, data analytics, and software engineering in organisations ranging from the large enterprise to the small start-up.

Blair completed his Honours thesis as part of his Co-op undergraduate studies, investigating the persuasive design of digital entrepreneurial crowdfunding platforms. He is now completing his PhD investigating the changing nature of digital work and the phenomenon of digital nomadism. Blair is supported by a Commonwealth Government Research Training Program Scholarship and a UNSW Business School Supplementary Scholarship to undertake his PhD.

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Miguel Lorca

Miguel is a third-year Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Prior to coming to UNSW, I received a Master and B.A. degree in Economics at the Universidad de Chile and worked at the Chilean Ministry of Finance for 7 years. Miguel researches in the fields of Microeconomics, Labor Market, Pension System, and Productivity. He has published in the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Applied Economics, Applied Economic Analysis, Economics of Disasters, and Climate Change, among others. Miguel's research applies a combination of economic theory, optimisation modelling, and estimation methods, with a focus on social problems and policy implications.

Miguel has significant teaching experience at both UNSW Business School and Universidad de Chile, where he has received multiple teaching citations, and recently has become part of the Teaching Fellow program at UNSW Business School.

Miguel has been recognized with a bunch of grants and awards: Becas Chile - Fellowship for doctoral students CONICYT (Scientific Chilean Council), ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) Supplementary Scholarship, University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA), and as the best presentation at the UNSW Business School Research Fair 2020.

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PhD (Information Systems) (in progress) | Masters of Philosophy (Management), UNSW | Masters in Strategic Human Resource Management (Management), Wollongong University | Bachelor in Business Computing (Information Systems), Notre Dame University

I completed my MPhil at UNSW with a research focus on Australian Non-Profit Organization policies and strategies addressing labour standards in global supply chains. I have also contributed to data collection and analysis of reports in that field. Then, I commenced my PhD studies at the School of Information Systems to explore the rise of AI and the impact of our increased dependence on algorithms. I am very keen on examining the implications of autonomous algorithmic decision making systems in the aim of developing ways that can contribute to improve their implementation and limit their negative consequences.

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Jingduan Li

I am a doctoral candidate and PhD Teaching Fellow in the School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation. My research primarily focuses on international accounting and debt markets. My PhD project investigates the impact of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on debt covenant.

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PhD Teaching Fellows Program Director

Nitika Garg

Nitika is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Director of the PhD Teaching Fellows Program at UNSW Business School. In the past, she has served as the Director, Business Experimental Research Laboratory (BizLab) and Faculty Board Member, University Re-enrolment Appeals Committee. Nitika is recognised for her scholarship on how emotions influence various aspects of consumer behaviour including over-consumption, pro-social, and sustainable behaviours. Her research has been published in elite Marketing journals (A*/FT50) such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, and Journal of Consumer Psychology, and has been covered in media outlets such as the New York Times, ABC, Conversation, BusinessThink, and BBC. Currently, the At-Large Director of the Association for Consumer Research, the leading global professional association of behavioural marketers, she also serves as the Associate Editor, Marketing at Australian Journal of Management.