Bella Ross


Student Academic Support Unit

PhD Linguistics, MA Linguistics, BA (Hons), Grad Cert L&T, CELTA


Telephone: +61 3 9903 2519


Bella is currently a lecturer in the Student Academic Support Unit where she provides language support to students with their academic coursework. She has developed curriculum and taught academic English and academic skills to both domestic and international students.

Bella's current research interests include social work education and online education. She has conducted research across higher education institutions, international professional communities and Indigenous Australian communities using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

She consults on online educational practice, and is currently evaluating a professional healthcare MOOC for learners in low- and middle-income countries in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.

Bella has published articles in top education and linguistic journals internationally.


Adjunct academic skills and language teaching for social work


Advancing Women's Research Success Grant, Monash University, 2017.
Research grant award, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Learning & Teaching Research Grant Scheme, Monash University, 2019

Select Publications

Abdekhodaee, A, Chase, A-M & Ross, B 2017, 'Wikis for group work: Encouraging transparency, benchmarking, and feedback' in Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 15-31.

Carbone, A, Drew, S, Ross, B, Ye, J, Phelan, L, Lindsay, K & Cottman, C 2019, ‘A collegial quality development process for identifying and addressing barriers to improving teaching’ in Higher Education Research & Development.

Carbone, A, Evans, J, Ross, B, Drew, S, Phelan, L, Lindsay, K, Cottman, C, Stoney, S & Ye, J 2017, 'Assessing distributed leadership for learning and teaching quality: A multi-institutional study' in Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 183-196.

Carbone, A, Ross, B, Phelan, L, Lindsay, K, Drew, S, Stoney, S & Cottman, C 2015, 'Course evaluation matters: Improving students' learning experiences with a peer-assisted teaching programme' in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 165-180.

Drew, S, Phelan, L, Lindsay, K, Carbone, A, Ross, B, Wood, K, Stoney, S & Cottman, C 2017, 'Formative observation of teaching: Focusing peer assistance on teachers’ developmental goals' in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, vol. 42, no. 16, pp. 914-929.

Evans, N, Flecther, J & Ross, B 2008, 'Big words, small phrases: Mismatches between pause units and the polysynthetic word in Dalabon' Linguistics, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 89.

Launois, P, Allotey, P, Reidpath, D, Maher, D, Certain, E & Ross, B 2019, ‘Lessons learnt from a professional development MOOC: Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse learners from low- and middle-income countries’ in The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.

Ross, B, Carbone, A, Lindsay, K, Drew, S, Phelan, L, Cottman, C & Stoney, S 2016, 'Developing educational goals: insights from a Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme' in International Journal for Academic Development, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 350- 363.

Ross, B, Fletcher, J & Nordlinger, R 2016, 'The alignment of prosody and clausal structure in Dalabon' Australian Journal of Linguistics, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 52-78.

Ross, B, Ta, B & Grieve, A 2019, ‘Placement educators’ experiences and perspectives of supervising international social work students in Australia’ Australian Social Work, vol. 72, no. 2, pp. 188-205.

Ross, B, Ta, B & Oliaro, L Forthcoming, ‘Institutional responsibilities: Providing placement for international students’ in Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Salmon, G, Gregory, J, Lokuge Dona, K & Ross, B 2015, 'Experiential online development for educators: the example of the Carpe Diem MOOC' in British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 542-556.

Salmon, G, Pechenkina, E, Chase, A-M & Ross, B 2017, 'Designing Massive Open Online Courses to take account of participant motivations and expectations' in British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 48, no. 6, pp. 1284-1294.

Salmon, G, Ross, B, Pechenkina, E & Chase, A-M 2015, 'The space for social media in structured online learning' Research in Learning Technology, vol. 23, 28507, pp. 1-14.

Books/Book Chapters

Ross, B 2005, The verb lexicon of Golin. In N Evans, J Besold, H Stoakes & A Lee (eds), Materials on Golin. The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, pp. 75-87.

Bella Ross Research:

Monash University Research