Rebecca LeBard

Senior lecturer
Senior Lecturer

Rebecca is a senior lecturer in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences.

Rebecca completed a BSc (hons) and later a PhD at the University of Sydney on the mechanisms for maintaining multi-drug resistance plasmids in Staphylococcus aureus. Following this, she worked on projects investigating plasmid DNA inheritance in Archaea, microbial molecular markers to trace sources of water pollution, and microbiological production of secondary metabolites.

Most recently, she completed a MEd (higher education) at UNSW, and holds an education focused role teaching undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Science and the medical program. Rebecca is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy UK). She was awarded the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015, and a citation for contributions to student learning in the Australian University Teaching Awards, 2016, recognising her teaching excellence.

Rebecca's scholarship in learning and teaching focuses on the importance of quantitative skills to STEM students (particularly those in biology). She developed a model of our signature pedagogy in science, and is interested in how students can gain competence and confidence in quantitative skills in their science learning.

She is also interested in helping education focused academics evaluate their teaching practice to demonstrate impact. She obtained $123,000 in funding to lead a community of practice collaboration to develop a series of videos and website on this, resulting in Evaluating Teaching Practice.

Journal articles
Kurtböke I; Lyras D; Macreadie I; Barnard R; Barton M; Blackall L; Bramwell P; LeBard R; Lum G; Manna S; Meyer W; Owens C; Power C; Rawlinson W; Ross T; Selleck P; Smith D; Smith H, 2019, 'Editorial', Microbiology Australia, vol. 40, pp. 155 - 156,
Quinnell R; Wegener M; LeBard R; Beames S, 2019, 'When science meets the arts: Bridging the subjective-objective divide', International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, vol. 27, pp. 1 - 3
Delaney SK; Mills J; Galea A; LeBard RJ; Wilson J; Gibson K; Kornfeld G; Ashraf G, 2017, 'Analysis of Alternative Strategies for the Teaching of Difficult Threshold Concepts in Large Undergraduate Medicine and Science Classes', Medical Science Educator, vol. 27, pp. 673 - 684,
LeBard RJ; Quinnell R; Hibbert B, 2017, 'Practice in digital research spaces to engage students with eScience', Teaching Science,
LeBard RJ; Thompson R; Quinnell R, 2014, 'Quantitative skills and complexity: How can we combat these challenges and equip undergraduate students to think and practice as biologists?', International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, vol. 22, pp. 1 - 14
Montgomery K; Charlesworth JC; LeBard R; Visscher PT; Burns BP, 2013, 'Quorum sensing in extreme environments', Life, vol. 3, pp. 131 - 148,
Quinnell R; Thompson R; LeBard RJ, 2013, 'It's not maths; it's science: Exploring thinking dispositions, learning thresholds and mindfulness in science learning', International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, vol. 44, pp. 808 - 816,
Kwong SM; Lim R; Lebard R; Skurray RA; Firth N, 2008, 'Analysis of the pSK1 replicon, a prototype from the staphylococcal multiresistance plasmid family', Microbiology, vol. 154, pp. 3084 - 3094,
LeBard RJ; Jensen SO; Arnaiz IA; Skurray RA; Firth N, 2008, 'A multimer resolution system contributes to segregational stability of the prototypical staphylococcal conjugative multiresistance plasmid pSK41', FEMS Microbiology Letters, vol. 284, pp. 58 - 67,
Lebard R; Jensen SO; Isabel IA; Skurray RA; Firth N, 2008, 'A multimer resolution system contributes to segregational stability of the prototypical staphylococcal conjugative multiresistance plasmid pSK41.', FEMS Microbiology Letters, vol. 284, pp. 58 - 67,
Conference Presentations
Quinnell R; Thompson RE; Lebard , 2013, 'Characterising the underlying dysfunctional attitudes and stances of students in biology and medicine adopt when faced with calculations.', presented at CETL-MSOR Conference, Coventry University, England, 10 September 2013 - 11 September 2013,
Conference Papers
Quinnell R; Thompson R; LeBard RJ, 2012, 'Academic numeracy in Life Science learning: challenging perceptions', in Aiming for excellence in STEM learning and teaching proceedings, Higher Education Academy (UK), Imperial College and The Royal Geographical Society London, England, pp. 1 - 9, presented at STEM Annual Conference 2012, Imperial College and The Royal Geographical Society London, England, 12 April 2012 - 13 April 2012,
Allen B; Crosky AG; Yench E; Lutze-Mann L; Blennerhassett PJ; Lebard R; Thordarson P; Wilk KE, 2010, 'A model for transformation: A transdisciplinary approach to disseminating good practice in blended learning in a science faculty', in Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future. Proceedings Ascilite Sydney 2010, Queensland University Press, St Lucia, Queensland, pp. 36 - 48, presented at Ascilite 2010, Sydney, 05 December 2010 - 08 December 2010,
Quinnell R; Thompson RE; Micolich AP; Lebard R, 2010, 'Numeracy as an obstacle to learning for students entering the discipline domains of science and medicine', in Third Biennial Threshold Concepts Symposium, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, presented at 3rd Biennial Threshold Concepts Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 01 July 2010 - 02 July 2010,
Lebard R; Thompson RE; Micolich AP; Quinnell R, 2009, 'Identifying common thresholds in learning for students working in the 'hard' discipline of science.', in UniServe Science Conference : motivating science undergraduates : ideas and interventions, UniServe Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, pp. 72 - 77, presented at UniServe Science 2009, Sydney, NSW, 01 October 2009 - 02 October 2009,

Australian University Teaching Award, Citation for contributions to student learning, 2016

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015

R LeBard (2019) Quantitative skills in biology. Australian Council of Deans of Science - Teaching and Learning Centre. $1000

R LeBard & A Torda (2018-2019) A support network for evaluation of teaching practices & innovation, ensuring educational excellence. UNSW Education-focused foundation funding. $123,000

Kornfeld, G; Lutze-Mann, L; Polly, P; Wijenayake, G; LeBard R (2016) Integration of real and virtual experiences in undergraduate laboratories. UNSW SEF#4 Learning and Teaching Funding $20,000

LeBard R (2012) Demonstrating the ability of putative partitioning systems from the haloarchaeal model organism Halobacterium sp. NRC-1 to enhance plasmid maintenance. UNSW ECR grant $7,500

LeBard R (2010) UNSW Faculties of Excellence Funding $3,000

Thompson RE; Micolich AP; LeBard RJ (2009) Critical conversations: designing an institutional process to constructively challenge perceptions about academic numeracy of students and staff. UNSW Seed funding for ALTC Learning & Teaching Grant Applications $3,700

LeBard R (2009) UNSW VC Childcare support fund for women researchers $1,000