Before joining VU, Margaret Blackburn was a senior lecturer in law and business ethics at Auckland University of Technology for over twenty years, where she was an active researcher in her teaching discipline and in educational development.

Margaret has undertaken roles as an academic developer and leader in both central and faculty positions and has managed a range of large learning and teaching projects. She has also chaired an ethics committee and has a particular interest in business and research ethics. Particular professional interests include transformational learning, assessment and student-centred learning.

Role responsibilities

  • Educational development
  • Support for College and Law

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Blackburn Margaret & McGhee Peter (2007) The Excellent Entrepreneur: Old Virtues for New Ventures? Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics 9 (2) 74-89.

Blackburn Margaret & McGhee Peter (2007) The Virtuous Entrepreneur: New Ventures and Human Flourishing, Auckland University of Technology Business Enterprise and Innovation Working Paper Series, 31, 1-25.

Blackburn, M & McGhee  P (2004) Talking Virtue: Professionalism in Business and Virtue Ethics, Global Virtue Ethics Review 5, (4) 90-122.

Conference presentations

 Little, S., Lester, J., Blackburn M and Wright-St Clair, V. (2006) Meeting the Challenge of the New Agenda for Assessment: Innovations in Curriculum Design, Implementation and Assessment, presented at AUT Assessment Conference, Auckland, November, 2006.

Professional memberships

  • The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)

Areas of expertise

  • Academic development across a range of practice areas
  • Educational and business ethics
  • Learning and teaching in law
  • Management of learning and teaching projects

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