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Deborah Howlett

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  • Title: Ms
  • Position: Scholarly Teaching Fellow - Department of Marketing and Management
  • Qualifications: BCommerce(UniWS); MCommerce Hrm(UnivWS)

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Debbie started her career working in large public sector authorities within the realm of Human Resources. During this time her professional focus was within Learning and Development, where she progressed to senior management levels. These roles were with organisations within the health, higher education, energy and job employment sectors. Debbie has also designed and conducted many different programs for organisations on a consultancy basis ranging from customer service to workplace assessing.

Debbie began her teaching career at TAFE in many different areas, teaching units ranging from Human Resources, Management, Hospitality and Real Estate focus. Her academic career commenced at the University of Western Sydney in 1997, during that time she has also taught at Central Queensland, Southern Cross and The Hotel School before starting at Macquarie University in 2005.

Debbie Howlett has a Commerce Degree in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations (Double major) and a Masters of Commerce degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Western Sydney. Debbie is currently undertaking a PhD in Onboarding from a change management perspective.


  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment: (TAFE)
  • Master of Commerce: Human Resource Management (University of Western Sydney)
  • Personnel Management Advanced Certificate: (TAFE)
  • Bachelor of Commerce: Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations (University of Western Sydney)

Professional Membership

  • Member of: Australian Institute of Management (AIMM), Sydney Australia

Community engagement

  • 1997-2007: Attended and participated in University Open Days, Course Information Days, Orientation Programs, Career Expo/Markets and Graduation Ceremonies
  • 1997-2005: Liaised and invited hospitality business contacts from within the Community to visit UWS and engage with the students regarding trends and issues occurring within the industry
  • 1997-2005: Invited large hospitality employers to present to students and undertake recruitment drives on Campus
  • 1997-2005: Have been invited by High Schools in the area to present to Year 12 students information regarding UWS as a choice for further study in respect to Business management & Hospitality.
  • 2002-2005: Organised tours by students to various hospitality establishments both within Australia and overseas e.g. Singapore, New Zealand, Tasmania and country NSW.
  • 2005: Co-hosted and facilitated a student organised Industry convention on Campus, in which many future hospitality industry partners attended and sponsored the event
  • 2004: Assisted Blacktown City Council in organising the Doonside Christmas Festival and Lady Mayoress Toy Appeal, such acknowledgement was through liaising with them in the past with student events in Convention Management
  • 2004: Invited by Blue Mountains Hotel School to review their post graduate research presentations and from this visit, a number of their students had enrolled at UWS for further study.


Refereed Conference Proceedings:

  • Howlett, D (2002)“Experiential Learning and its relevance to the Internationalisation of Small/ Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs)”, 2003 Australian & New Zealand International Business Academy, Dunedin New Zealand
  • Carter, L, Howlett, D. & Daruwalla, P. (2004) “Evaluations of a peer assessment instrument on group work for Marketing and Management students: a Multi-Institutional Study.” Conference Proceedings, Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference, Dec. 2004
  • Howlett, D., Daruwalla, P. & Carter, L. (2005) “The role of criteria in peer assessments in management education and development: Implications, considerations and findings.” Conference Proceedings, Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management, Dec 2005
  • Daruwalla, P., Carter, L. & Howlett, D. (2006) “Business Education: Enhancing Learning through simulations from an Australian Perspective”. Conference Proceedings, IABE Las Vegas Oct .2006

Undertaken Peer Review of Written Work:

  • 2002 Peer reviewed two conference papers for CAUTHE
  • 2003 Peer reviewed two conference papers for ANZMAC
  • 2004 Peer reviewed two conference papers for ANZAM
  • 2009/10  Request by Publisher Cengage Learning to review the    Textbook of “Strategic Human Resource Management”    authored by Nankervis and Compton

Research interests

Human Resource Management:

  • Strategic HRM
  • Change Management
  • Onboarding
  • Organisational Learning
  • International HRM

Strategic Management:

  • Leadership
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Business

Honours Supervision

  • Joseph McIvor (2005) Thesis investigated “Corporate Violence” and achieved First Class Honours (sole supervision)
  • Christopher Elasi (2005) Thesis investigated “The Possibility of Space Tourism” (sole supervision)
  • 2006-2011 have examined and reported on a number of Honours thesis ranging in topics from Social Capital to Urban Development Strategy.


2005 to present, Lecturer in Charge* and Lecturer:

  • Human Resource Practices and Processes (HRM307)
  • HRM – Management of Change and Learning (HRM317)*
  • International & Comparative Employment Relations (HRM 201)
  • Introduction to HRM (HRM 107)*
  • International and Comparative Employment Relations (HRM 201)
  • Strategic Management 1 and 2 (BBA 350/BBA351)*
  • Business Project (BBA 360)
  • Business Policy (BUS 301)*
  • Marketing Fundamentals (MKTG101)
  • Introduction to International Business (BUS 201)
  • International Business and Organisations (BUS202)*
  • Business Project (BBA 360) Taught at City University – Hong Kong
  • Strategic Management 1 & 2 (Singapore) – unit moderator
  • Product and Pricing (Mktg) – Simulation Administrator / coordinator

International Teaching Assignments:

  • Strategic Management (BBA 350) Taught at City University – Hong Kong
  • Business Project (BBA 360) Taught at City University – Hong Kong
  • Strategic Management 1 & 2 (Singapore) – unit moderator
  • International Human Resource Management (Postgraduate) – Foreign Trade University – Hanoi Vietnam (LaTrobe University)

Community Activities and Affiliations

During her academic career, Debbie has made a contribution to enhancing student experiences through organising and conducting student tours to international destinations for a global learning experience and educational application. Whilst at UWS, Debbie was elected President of the Child Care Centre on the Nirimba Campus and successfully managed it through turbulent times. She has also sat on many academic committees during her career ranging from faculty to curriculum review committees.

Debbie presented to Year 12 students in the ‘Uni for a Day”, giving prospective students a taste of university life and expectations by exposing them to mini lectures and tutorials

Currently she has become involved with FIRST in the role as a mentor with the Business Sub- team. This is a project sponsored by Macquarie University primarily centred on Science and Engineering for senior high school students who compete on the global stage with other teams from the Northern hemisphere with a robotic focus. Debbie has undertaken this cross-faculty role, with the team competing in Hawaii in March 2011.

Professional Affiliations

  • 1994- present    Australian    Institute of Management (FAIMM)

Overview of Academic Employment

  • 2010 Appointed Associate Lecturer (HDR) Department of Business, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University
  • 2009 Adjunct Lecturer, Macquarie City Campus
  • 2006-2009 Adjunct Lecturer , Department of Business, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University
  • 2002-2005 Appointed Lecturer/Course Co-ordinator Hospitality Management Group, School of Management, University of Western Sydney
  • 2002-2004 Adjunct Lecturer, The Hotel School, Southern Cross University
  • 2001 Adjunct Lecturer, Central Queensland University
  • 1997- 2002 Adjunct Lecturer / Tutor , School of Management, University of Western Sydney
  • 1994 – 2002 Part – Time Teacher, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE