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Professor Miriam Zukas

Miriam Zukas is Professor of Adult Education in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy (SSHP). She was the first Executive Dean of SSHP between September 2009 and September 2016. She is a Visiting Professor at the Leeds Institute for Medical Education (LIME), School of Medicine, University of Leeds.  Professor Zukas was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 and a Fellowship of Birkbeck in November, 2016.

Research highlights

Research interests

    Academics and academic work and learning; professional workplace pedagogies; doctors' learning in transition;  professional learning in transitions; adult higher education.

Research supervision

    Professor Zukas welcomes applications from PhD students and visiting research students concerned with academics' workplace learning, professional workplace learning, doctors' transitions in learning, transitions in learning and work, adult higher education.

Professional roles

  • Regular member/Chair of review panels for Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Canada and Academy of Finland Research Council for Culture and Society
  • Consulting Editor of Canadian Journal for Studies in Adult Education, Editorial Board of Studies in the Education of Adults, Studies in Continuing Education and Adult Education Quarterly.
  • Honorary Member of SCUTREA (the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults).
  • Visiting Professor in the Leeds Institute of Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Leeds
  • Until 2010, the Editor of the journal, Studies in the Education of Adults.

Recent books

  • Bradbury, H., Frost, N., Kilminster, S. and Zukas, M. (2009). Beyond reflective practice: new approaches to professional lifelong learning. Routledge.

Recent book chapters

  • Zukas, M and Kilminster, S (2014) “The doctor and the blue form: a sociomaterial account of professional learning” in T. Fenwick and M. Nerland (eds) Reconceptualising Professional Learning: changing knowledges, practices, and responsibilities. Routledge. pp 38-51.
  • Zukas, M (2014) “Course team fictions: living with the politics of legitimating research” in: A. Reid, P. Hart and M. Peters (eds) A Companion to Research in Education. Springer. pp 421-425.
  • Zukas, M. and Kilminster, S. (2012) "Learning to practise, practising to learn: doctors' transitions to new levels of responsibility." In P Hager, A Lee and A Reich (eds) Practice, learning and change: practice-theory perspectives on professional learning. Springer.
  • Zukas, M. and Anderson, L. L. (2012) "Taking a break: doctoral summer schools as transformative pedagogies." In A Lee and S Danby (eds) Reshaping doctoral education: international programs and pedagogies. Taylor and Francis.
  • Zukas, M. (2012) "Regulating the professionals: critical perspectives on learning in continuing professional development frameworks." In D Aspin, R Bagnall, J Chapman and K Evans (eds) Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning, Volume 1. Springer.
  • Zukas, M. (2011) University's role and struggle for inclusion: recent higher and continuing education policy in the UK. In T Suzuki and Y Anezaki (eds) Lifelong Learning to Sustainable Society.
  • Zukas, M. and Malcolm, J. (2008). "Pedagogic identities and lifelong learning" in: H. Herzberg (Ed.)
    Lebenslangen Lernen: Theoretische Perspektiven und empirische Befunde im Kontext der Erwachsenenbildung. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.
  • Zukas, M. and Malcolm, J. (2007). "Teaching, discipline, net-work" in: A. Skelton (Ed.) International Perspectives on Teaching Excellence in Higher Education. Routledge.
  • Malcolm, J. and Zukas, M. (2007). "Poor relations: exploring discipline, pedagogy and research in academic identity" in: M.Osborne, M. Houston and N.Toman (Ed.) What a difference a pedagogy makes. Routledge.
  • Malcolm, J. and Zukas, M. (2006). "Pedagogic learning in the pedagogic workplace" in: R. Edwards, J Gallacher and S Whittaker (Ed.) Learning outside the academy: international research perspectives. Routledge.

Recent journal articles

  • Zukas, M. and Malcolm, J. (forthcoming) Learning academic work practices in discipline, department and university. Journal of Workplace Learning. DOI:10.1108/JWL-04-2016-0025
  • Goh, A.Y.S. and Zukas, M (2016) Student vocational teachers: the significance of individual positions in workplace learning. Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 68 (2) 263-277.
  • Bradbury, H, Kilminster, S, O'Rourke, R and Zukas, M (2015) Special Issue: 'Professionalism and practice: critical understandings of professional learning and education'. Studies in Continuing Education 37 (2)
  • Clark, M and Zukas, M (2014) Understanding successful sandwich placements: A Bourdieusian approach. Studies in Higher Education. DOI:10.1080/03075079.2014.968121
  • Fenwick, T, Zukas, M and Kilminster, S (2013) Special Issue: ‘Transitions in Professional Practice and Learning: Regulations, Responsibilities, and Pedagogies’. Journal of Workplace Learning, 25 (6).
  • Kilminster, S and Zukas, M (2013) Responsibility matters: putting illness back into the picture. Journal of Workplace Learning, 25 (6), 383-393.
  • Clark, M and Zukas, M (2013) A Bourdieusian approach to understanding employability: becoming a 'fish in water'. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 65 (2), 208-219.
  • Kilminster, S., Bradbury, H, Frost, N and Zukas, M (2012) Special Issue: 'Critical perspectives on professional lifelong learning'. Studies in Continuing Education, 34 (1), 1-4.
  • Kilminster, S, Zukas, M, Roberts, T and Quinton, N (2011) Preparedness is not enough: understanding transitions as critically intensive learning periods. Medical Education, 45: 1006-1015.
  • Clark, M, Zukas, M and Lent, N (2011) Becoming an IT person: field, habitus and captial in the transition from university to work. Vocations and Learning 4: 133-150.
  • Kilminster, S, Zukas, M, Roberts, T and Quinton, N (2010) "Learning practice? Exploring the links between transitions and medical performance". Journal of Health Organization and Management, 24 (06), 556-570.
  • Malcolm, J. and Zukas, M. (2009). "Making a mess of academic work: experience, purpose, identity". Teaching in Higher Education, 14 (05), 495-506.
  • Zukas, M. and Malcolm, J. (2007). "Learning from Adult Education" . Academy Exchange, 6, 20-22
  • Zukas, M (2006). "Pedagogic learning in the pedagogic workplace: educators' lifelong learning and learning futures" . International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 2(3), 71-80. (PDF File, 72K).
  • Bower, S. and Zukas, M. (2005). "Challenging subject specifications". Adults Learning, 7, 22-24.
  • Malcolm, J. and Zukas, M. (2001). "Bridging pedagogic gaps: conceptual discontinuities in higher education". Teaching in Higher Education, 6, 33-42.

Miriam Zukas, Professor of Adult Education

Contact details

School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy
Birkbeck, University of London
26 Russell Square
Bloomsbury
London
WC1B 5DQ

tel: +44 (0)20 3073 8063
email: m.zukas@bbk.ac.uk