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Karen Nelson

Professor Karen Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, Student Success

Professor Karen Nelson is the founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Student Success Journal (previously titled The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education).  

Professor Nelson is also Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.  Before joining USC she was the Director, Student Success and Retention and the Director, First Year Experience at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Professor Nelson’s research focuses on student engagement in higher education and she has led a series of national learning and teaching research projects in this area. Professor Nelson is a member of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc (HERDSA) and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom (PFHEA).  Professor Nelson’s contributions to higher education have been recognised by more than ten awards including three Australian Awards for University Teaching.