ACCELL April Update

Work with Institute for Resilient Regions

ACCELL has forged a very positive relationship with Professor Jim Cavaye who leads the community development arm of the Institute for Resilient Regions at the University of Southern Queensland. Professor Cavaye was instrumental in negotiating partnerships with industry and local government for the purposes of a grant submission to the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.  If successful, this grant will enable a collaborative partnership to identify the key motivational factors that attract and retain workers in rural regions and, moreover, to develop strategic solutions toward those ends of attraction and retention.


ACCELL has continued to grow and refine it research mission on the basis of its successes and failures.  There have been plenty of successes, including an impressive number of publications in highly respected journals and graduation of doctoral candidates.  Recently, the first Research Fellow (ACCELL) was appointed: Dr Allison Creed.  This part-time Research Fellow position is funded by a grant from Graduate Careers Australia to develop the Australian Graduate Employability Scale (A-GRADES). Keep your ears and eyes out for notification of a webinar to be hosted by Jason Brown (one of our EdD students; manager of Careers Service at La Trobe Uni) in partnership with NAGCAS.

Decent Work Scale

ACCELL’s international connections continue to grow.  Professor David Blustein (Boston College) is our mentor-at-large and adjunct professor.  It is important to note that his Psychology of Working Framework (2006) remains the ethical bedrock of ACCELL.  ACCELL is conducting the Australian arm of an international study into the Decent Work Scale. This project is led by Professor Ryan Duffy (University of Florida) and Professor Blustein.  Prof. Duffy will visit ACCELL in Australia in May.

University of Nevada Las Vegas

In late April, ACCELL’s research director, Dr Peter McIlveen, will be visiting the University of Nevada Las Vegas to work with the team’s research methodologist, Dr Harsha Perera.  In addition to finalizing the analyses of data for a list of research papers, the two will be presenting research findings at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.


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