Dr Charles Mphande

Dr Charles Mphande

BEd (Malawi), BEd (Hons) (Malawi), MA (Warwick, UK), PhD (VicMelb)

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts & Education

Charles is an educator, communication for development specialist and applied linguist.

He lectures in International Community Development with interests in discourse in development and other settings; network analysis, especially among emerging communities in Australia; knowledge democracy movements and the growing space for social economy and its promise to the Global South. Further, Charles is interested in learning and teaching in such interdisciplinary human sciences areas as community development.

Charles is an academic editor of the Asian ESP Journal. He is also an active member of the Communication and Partnerships team of Engagement Australia.

Charles has received awards for excellence in research and research training, and excellence in work towards education of African-Australians and Africa.

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Waheduzzaman & Mphande, CHB (2012) Gaps in pursuing participatory good governance: Bangladesh context. Administration & Society XX(X), pp1-33.

Refereed chapters

Borland, H. & Mphande, C.H.B. (2009) Linguistic diversity and language service provision: Emerging African language communities in Victoria. In Cruickshank, K. and Chen, H. (eds.). (2009). Making a Difference: Themes and Challenges in Applied Linguistics. Cambridge Scholar Press.

Mphande, C. H. B. (2007) Old habits die hard: The miscarriage of industrial thrust in Malawi’s rural growth centres project. In J. Servaes & Shuang, L. (Eds.) Moving Targets: Mapping the Paths between Communication, Technology and Social Change in Communities. Penang: Southbound.

Simcock,A., Shi, J., Mphande, C., & Bronson, P. (2009) Developing academic staff awareness of learning styles, communication competency and assessment in PBL. In INNOVATIONS 2009: World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research. The iNEER Special Volume for 2009 (pp. 351-373).

Refereed Conference Publications

Mphande, C. H. B. (2005) Encumbering development: development discourse as hegemonic resources in the developing world. In: International Conference on Critical Discourse Analysis: Theory into Research, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Launceston, 15 -18 November, 2005, Tasmania, Australia.

Shi, J., Mphande, C., Simcock, A., Ives, R. & Bronson, P. (2006) Communication in a problem based learning environment: Supporting the teaching team in the School of Electrical Engineering. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 10 – 13 December, Auckland, New Zealand.

Shi, J, Bronson, P.,Ives, R., Mphande, C. & Simcock, A. (2007). Goals and Assessment: Towards Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education & Research (iCEER 07), December 2-7, Melbourne, Australia.

Simcock, A., Ives, R., Shi, J., Bronson, P., & Mphande, C. (2007) Using PBL to enhance industry and community engagement. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education & Research (iCEER 07), December 2-7, Melbourne, Australia.

Bronson, P., Ives, R., Mphande, C., Shi, J., & Simcock, A. (2007) Developing Staff Awareness of Communication Competency and Reviewing Alternative Assessment in PBL. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education & Research (iCEER 07), December 2-7, Melbourne, Australia.

Non-refereed publications

Mphande, C., Simcock, A., Shi, J., & Bronson, P. (2007) Building staff awareness of communication education in the PBL approach. Proceedings of the International Problem-Based Learning Symposium, 7 – 9 March, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore (384 pp ISBN 978 981 05 7718 6).

Conference presentations

Borland, H. & Mphande, C. (2008) Communicating with Victoria’s Emerging African Language Communities: issues and Challenges. Paper presented at the Open Road 2008 Conference: Multilingualism and the Information Society, May 15 -16 2008 at State Library of Victoria.

Mphande, C.H.B. (2010) Engaging Africans and Africa: Exploring Meaningful Ways for Australia. Paper presented at the 33rd AFSAAP Annual Conference, Engaging Africa / Engaging Africans: Knowledge, Representation, Politics, December 2 4 Victoria University, Melbourne Australia.

Mphande, C., Bronson, P., Ives, R., Shi, J. & Simcock, A. (2007) Assessment in a PBL context: towards validity and reliability. Paper accepted for 2007 ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Annual Conference & Exposition to be held in Honolulu in Hawaii, June 24 – 27, 2007.

Simcock, A., Ives, R., Bronson, P., Mphande, C. & Shi, J. (2007) The phased introduction of PBL in the Engineering undergraduate programs at Victoria University. Paper accepted for 2007 ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Annual Conference & Exposition to be held in Honolulu in Hawaii, June 24 – 27, 2007.

Mphande, C.H.B. (2006) Old habits die hard: The miscarriage of industrial thrust in Malawi’s rural growth centres project, paper presented at the International Conference on Mapping the New Field of Communication for Development and Social Change, The University of Queensland, Duchesne College, St Lucia, Brisbane, 5 – 8 July.

Monographs

Borland, H. and C. Mphande (2006) The Numbers of Speakers of African Languages Emerging in Victoria, Report for the Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department for Victorian Communities (released May, 2006) (108 pp.) ISBN: 1 86272 666 3).

Chilowa, W., Chinsinga, B, Dzimadzi, C., Kayambazinthu, E. & Mphande, C. (2001) MASAF Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Impact Assessment. Lilongwe: MASAF/World Bank

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate

  • Community development theories and practices
  • Communication for sustained development
  • Contemporary Africa and social change
  • Research approaches for development
  • Social movements and social actions

Graduate

  • Contemporary Africa and Development
  • Management in Non-Governmental Organisations

Coordination

  • Master of International Community Development

Postgraduate research students

Completions

(Principal supervisor): 3 MA

(Co-supervision): 2 PhD

Current

(Principal supervisor): 3 PhD

(Co-supervision): 2 PhD

Research grants

Charles Mphande, as Project Manager with Katie Hughes and Brian Zammit: Victoria University Equity and Diversity Initiative Grant: “The Transition Gateway: Comprehensive Support for students with Limited English and Literacy in Higher Education,”: $58,766 (2009-2010)

Helen Borland and Charles Mphande: Victorian Office for Multicultural Affairs Research Grant: ‘The Numbers of Speakers of African Languages Emerging in Victoria’: $15000 (2007-2008)

Helen Borland and Charles Mphande: Victorian Office for Multicultural Affairs Research Grant': The Numbers of Speakers of African Languages Emerging in Victoria’: $14,960 (2005-2006)

Consultancy

2006-2007: English Language/ESOL and Communication consultant in the Language Across the Curriculum Grant for the Electronic & Electrical Engineering faculty at Victoria University, involved with the newly introduced problem based learning (PBL) programme. Charles developed the content and run the orientation and clinical workshops for staff aimed to help staff handle students’ academic communication and English language needs in the problem-based learning context. While the orientation workshops dealt with theoretical bases of (English language) self-/participant–directed learning, the clinical workshops involved hands-on discourse analysis of students’ reports and reflective journals to single out student (English language) learning progress or/and problems, as well as their general progress in learning how to learn experience, to avert possible learner attrition.

Professional memberships

  • African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)
  • SID (Society for International Development)
  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)

Industry experience

He has years of experience working with civil society organisations overseas in long term development and social mobilisation, especially for girls education, and health. Further, he has hands-on overseas experience doing commissioned evaluation of national development programmes funded by World Bank. While he was engaged in evaluation of programmes in general, he was particularly called upon to evaluate the information education and communication (IEC) functions.

He brings to the International Development Course, not only his academic expertise and experience but also the benefits of his years of experience in international development practice with communities, grassroots organisations and multilateral bodies in international development.

Appearances in the media

Dr Mphande has an active engagement with communities and their organisations, including media organisations.

Areas of expertise

  • Communication and sustained development
  • Diasporas, trade, development and Africa
  • Education and international development
  • Knowledge, skills and international development
  • Literacies and international development
  • Migration, development and Africa
  • Social economy and international development
  • Transnational migration, linguistic and cultural diversity and citizen participation
  • Urbanisation and poverty in the Global South

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4755