Dominic Fitzsimmons

Manager, Enabling & SAC General Education

Contact: LG13, North Wing, Chancellery Building
Telephone: +61 (2) 9385 - 2204

Dominic began working at The Learning Centre in 1997 as a Writing Assistant while undertaking a PhD in German Studies at UNSW. Since graduating in 2003 he has worked as a Learning Adviser with particular focus on co-ordinating the Peer Writing Assistants program, running workshops on all aspects of academic work, doing individual consultations, and teaching on the preparation programs for alternative entry students, indigenous students and international students. Dominic coordinates much of the teaching for the enabling skills programs, including the University Orientation and Study Skills subjects, core courses for the University Preparation Program.

Dominic is also Coordinator of the Law Peer Tutors program, and during 2011 and 12, was the Teaching & Learning Fellow in the Faculty of Law. Dominic  teaches in the first year program on the Foundations of Law and Torts courses. He also participates in other aspects of student learning.

In 2011, Dominic was a recipient of The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence - Sessional Teaching for his work in the School of Law.

Dominic has also lectured in the School of Internation Studies at UNSW. As Dominic studied in Germany, he is especially interested in strategies to adapt to the different academic traditions. Dominic finds that one of the most enjoyable parts of his work is participating in the generating of ideas, and then encouraging people to critically apply these ideas in their immediate context. Knowing that what we teach has a transformative impact on people and their role in society is what makes this work special.

Publications & Conference Papers

Papers presented at conferences

Who chooses who belongs? Ius participarii, governmental belonging and trusting strangers. Paper for Australian Society of Legal Philosophy conference: Constitutions, Sovereignty and Democracy. University of NSW, 29th April - 1st May 2005.

Who chooses who belongs: tactics and strategies and migrant literature. Paper presented at the AULLA and FILLM conference, James Cook University, Cairns, 15 -19th July 2005.

Encountering the Other: Some Reflections on Peer-to-Peer Learning. LAS NSW/ACT meeting, 25th August 2005.

Adult Education and Early Childhood Education: in these troubling times what can we learn from each other? Honouring the Child 5 Conference, Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood, University of Melbourne 17-20th November 2005.


Steel, A & Fitzsimmons, D (in press), ‘Assessing Problem based and Experiential Learning: Answering Legal Problem Questions in a Grid Format’ in Coleman, K. & Flood, A. (eds.), Marking Time: Leading and Managing the Development of Assessment in Higher Education, Champaign, Illinois: Common Grounds Publishing LLC.

Versha, A & Fitzsimmons, D 2010, 'Inclusions and Exclusions: Coming to Australia', in M Giugni & K Mundine (eds), Talkin' Up and Speakin' Out. Aboriginal and Multicultural Voices in Early Childhood, Pademelon Press, Sydney, Australia, pp.179-192.

Fitzsimmons, D 2010, ‘But do we get our money’s worth? The Usefulness of Religion to the Nation Building Process in Australia and East Germany’, NEBULA 7.4: Religion and Nation, pp.65-76.

Fitzsimmons, D, Kozlina, S & Vines, P 2006, ‘Optimising the First Year Experience in Law: The Law Peer Tutor Program at the University of New South Wales’ (2006) 16 (1&2) Legal Education Review 99·

Miriam Giugni & Dominic Fitzsimmons, Notes, sketches and reflections of an early childhood educator learning theory: A rhythmanalysis. Education Research Conference, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus, October 2004.

Fitzsimmons, D 2000, ‘A reckoning of space and place in migrant literature in contemporary Germany’, in J Gatt-Rutter (ed.) Novel Turns Towards 2000: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Narrative Writing from Western Europe, Reservoir / Voz Hispanica Melbourne & Madrid, 2000, pp.89-102.