PhD Teaching Fellow Program


The mission of the program is to develop well rounded PhD Teaching Fellows who are job-ready and will contribute to academic life through impactful research, strong teaching and distinctive leadership experiences.


  • 12-month program designed to support participants in their development of teaching expertise and leadership experiences
  • Fellows will benefit from personal mentoring, learning opportunities under faculty guidance, and immersion in the intellectual and cultural life of the school
  • As members of a small group, fellows will be part of a cohort of like-minded, future academics to share experiences and build a cross disciplinary network
  • Participants will develop and refine skills as they become effective teachers, community members, and leaders
  • This training is pivotal to the preparation of PhD students for successful academic careers


  • Develop and refine teaching skills in a range of settings and with diverse audiences
  • Identify and articulate clear teaching and teaching-related capabilities
  • Facilitate opportunities for peer-to-peer interactions that are often highly effective for the development of teaching skills
  • Create opportunities for the development of strong connections in discipline-specific departments
  • Develop relationships with senior colleagues as mentors (in addition to PhD supervisors)
  • Inclusion in the Business School
  • Compile a robust teaching portfolio
  • Build reputation as a UNSW Business School Teaching Fellow

Contact details

For further details about the PhD Teaching Fellow program please contact

Tania Bucic, Associate Professor 
Deputy Head, School of Marketing | Scientia Education Fellow

UNSW Business School | UNSW
3031 Quadrangle Building, UNSW Sydney 2052
Telephone +61 (2) 9385 3315 | Fax +61 (2) 9963 1985

PhD Teaching Fellows

Sherry Xueting Zhang | Banking & Finance

Xueting (Sherry) Zhang is a PhD student at the School of Banking and Finance, University of New South Wales. Sherry received her MPhil and bachelor’s degree from the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on the areas of empirical corporate finance. Her research interests include international finance, corporate ownership structure, institutional ownership, and mergers and acquisitions.

Sherry’s research work has been presented in academic conferences including the 2014 Australiasian Finance and Banking Conference, 2014 ANU summer camp, 2015 Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, 2015 FIRN Annual Conference, the 2016 FMA Annual Meetings, the FMA Asia Pacific Conference 2017, and the NFA 2017 Conference.

She also works as a teaching academic at the university. Sherry has worked as a tutor and a teaching assistant at the School over the past four years. Next month, she will be lecturing an advanced postgraduate course and assists in administration work related to this course.

Md Emdadul Islam | Banking & Finance

Emdad Islam is a PhD Candidate in Finance and an Associate Lecturer at UNSW Business School. Emdad received his MBA (Banking major) and BBA (Finance major) from the University of Dhaka. He then received his M. Phil (Finance) from UNSW Business School, UNSW Sydney (with an Endeavour Post-Graduate Award). Emdad’s current PhD research focuses on corporate governance, corporate finance, corporate innovation and executive compensation. He has presented his work at leading academic conferences such as the American Economic Association’s (AEA) annual meeting, the Northern Finance Association’s (NFA) annual meeting, and the China International Conference in Finance (CICF). Most recently, Emdad has received the Best Paper Award at the 2018 Financial Markets and Corporate Governance (FMCG) Conference; Best Paper Award at the Auckland Finance Meeting 2017 (Doctoral Student Consortium); and was nominated for Best Paper at both FMA 2017 (semi-finalist) in Boston, and FMA Asia-Pacific 2018 in Hong-Kong (Finalist).

Emdad is an experienced instructor with expertise in course design and delivery. Recent course developments include Financial Institutions Management, and International Business Finance at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Emdad is working as Associate Lecturer at UNSW Business School.

Jimmy Tran | Banking & Finance

Jimmy Tran received a LLB (Hons) and BComm (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and is a PhD candidate at The University of New South Wales. Jimmy’s research primarily focuses on private markets, particularly on venture capital and private equity. His other work investigates issues in corporate finance and asset pricing such as mergers and acquisitions, governance, investment performance and fundraising. Jimmy is also a tutor for later stage undergraduate units such as Applied Corporate Finance and Venture Capital.

Dandan Yu | Economics

Dandan Yu is a CEPAR affiliated Ph.D. student in School of Economics, UNSW. Before starting her Ph.D., she obtained a Bachelor and a Master in Economics from Peking University in China. Her Ph.D. projects focus on empirical studies about married couples' decision making, old age security, and household labor supply, which cover interactions between spouses over financial transfers to respective parents, effects of policy changes governing the division of matrimonial property upon divorce, and the estimation of individually controlled level of income for couple households. She is also interested in peer effects in education, household saving behavior, and portfolio choice.

Mahreen Khan | Management

Mahreen is undertaking a PhD in the School of Management in UNSW Business School, and is also a PhD Teaching Fellow. She is currently investigating the antecedents of emotional intelligence. Prior to her PhD, she has completed a Master of Psychology (Organisational) and a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours, both at UNSW.

Bradley Hastings | Management

Brad joins UNSW following a 20-year corporate career. His passion for the next 20 years is to give something back to society through both research and by teaching the next generation of leadership. His research topic is the Mindsets exhibited by leaders of change and their effect on success and his teaching interests are Negotiation Skills and Leadership.

Previous to joining UNSW Brad was a Partner at Stroud Consulting, a small business founder and a Deal lead at Capita Plc.

Guillaume Boglioni Beaulieu | Risk & Actuarial Studies

Guillaume is a PhD student in the department of Risk and Actuarial Studies. His research is at the frontier of mathematical statistics and actuarial sciences. He aims to build sound statistical methods to validate (or invalidate) usual dependence assumptions made in multivariate risk models. He is also interested in the impact of dependence assumptions on insurance companies’ capital requirements. His research is supported financially by both UNSW (via a UIPA Scholarship) and Quebec’s government (via a FRQNT PhD Scholarship).

Before he started his PhD at UNSW, Guillaume completed his Master’s (by research) degree at the University of Montreal. His Master’s thesis was supported by both the Canadian government (via a NSERC Master’s Scholarship) and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (via their Graduate Scholarship Program). While pursuing his PhD at UNSW, Guillaume continues to actively collaborate with researchers at the University of Montreal, and is a visiting scholar at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (June – July 2018).

Guillaume is passionate about perfecting his skills in the classroom. Throughout his Master’s at the University of Montreal he gained experience as a teaching assistant and a lecturer. At UNSW he holds a PhD Teaching Fellowship position, making him an official academic member of the Business School.

Outside of university, Guillaume is a devoted runner. He has competed in multiple events ranging from the 400 meters to the marathon. He was also the President of University of Montreal’s Athletics Club from 2014 to 2016. Under his leadership the club became an official elite team, allowing its members to compete for their university in provincial and national events.

Yankun Zhao | Taxation & Business Law

Yankun Zhao is a PhD candidate at School of Taxation and Business Law, and her thesis focuses on a legal study on public participation in the decision-making of renewable energy projects. Her PhD research is supported by UIPA scholarship at UNSW. Before joined in Business School, in addition to her LLM, LLB and BA qualifications, Yankun took an exchange at Bournemouth University in the UK and did another master research on environmental law which was supported by EU Erasmus Mundus Program scholarship. Yankun has received the Lawyer Qualification Certificate, China and she has many internship experience spans across local court, local council, and law firm.

Yankun got the Runner-up and People’s Choice Winner at UNSW Business School Student Research Fair (Postgraduate Research Poster Group). She is the Student representative of School of Taxation and Business Law in 2016-2018, and she was also the student representative on Academic Board at Business School in 2017.

In addition to these engagement, Yankun has presented her research at the 2nd and the 4th European Environmental Law Forum, the 16th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, and the 14th Association of Pacific Rim Universities Doctoral Student Conference.