Celebrating Research Excellence through the Year – Summer - Dr. Cecile Badenhorst

This year Memorial University’s Faculty of Education celebrates 100 years of excellence, as teacher education reaches a significant milestone in the province. To commemorate this achievement we are spotlighting our faculty research activities in a monthly series of Featured Researchers, with Dr. Cecile Badenhorst for summer (May-August), 2022.

Pic of Dr. BadenhorstDr. Badenhorst received her BA (Hons) at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, her M.A. at UBC, and her Ph.D. at Queen's University. She is a full Professor at Memorial in the Faculty of Education in the Adult/Post-Secondary Program.

Dr. Badenhorst conducts research and publishes in the areas of doctoral education, doctoral writing, Master’s writing, thesis/publication writing pedagogies, academic literacies and faculty writing. She has also written three books in the area of graduate student writing: Research Writing, Dissertation Writing and Productive Writing. She is co-editor of Research Literacies and Writing Pedagogies for Masters and Doctoral Writers. She also co-edited a special issue of the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie on play, visual strategies & innovative approaches to graduate writing. Recently, she co-edited Re-imagining Doctoral Writing, an open-access book on doctoral writing. She also writes and publishes on academic subjectivities and arts-based, post-qualitative research methodologies.

She has received various grants including a Hebron Diversity Grant, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, funded by the Carnegie Foundation twice, and the School of Graduate Studies’ Student Services Fee Award also awarded twice. In April of this year Dr. Badenhorst won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.

Dr. Badenhorst enjoys collaborative publishing with colleagues and students. She believes that publishing with doctoral students helps to mentor them through the difficult journey of writing and publishing. She also believes that providing a creative environment for collaborative non-competitive writing eventually leads to individual publishing productivity. Self-compassion, kindness and an ethic of care towards others are attributes she encourages and values when mentoring early career researchers.

Her research closely informs her teaching practice, and based on her research on graduate student writing, she developed a YouTube channel with over fifty videos on various aspects of research and thesis writing which are available worldwide. She also developed five self-paced courses for graduate students on various components of thesis writing. The courses are available on Brightspace for all graduate students at MUN.

Selected Publications

Badenhorst, C.M., Amell, B., & Burford, J. (Eds.), (2021) Re-imagining doctoral writing. WAC Clearinghouse/University of Colorado Press. Open access: https://wac.colostate.edu/books/international/doctoral/

Badenhorst, C.M. (2021). Research conceptualization in doctoral and masters research writing. Writing & Pedagogy, 12 (2-3), 423-444. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.19542

Badenhorst, C., & McLeod, H. (2021). Beyond survival: The shift to aesthetic writing. In A. Black & R. Dwyer (Eds.), Reimagining the academy: shiFting towards kindness, connection, and an ethics of care (pp. 259-281). Palgrave MacMillan.

Badenhorst, C., Pickett, S., Arnold, C., Lewis, L., Vaandering, D., McLeod, H., Buley, J., Goodnough, K., Maich, K., Penney, S., & Young, G. (2020). On being reviewed: From ghosts that haunt in isolation toward connection and unexpected agency. Higher Education Research and Development. DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1792847

Badenhorst, C.M. Mcleod, H., & Toll, H. (2018). Beyond words: Academic identities, artistic selves and writing. Visual Inquiry: Learning & Teaching Art, 7(3), 197-212.

Amell, B., & Badenhorst, C.M. (2018). Introduction: Play, visual strategies and innovative approaches to graduate student writing development, Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie, 28, 26-32. Available at: <http://journals.sfu.ca/cjsdw/index.php/cjsdw/article/view/724>.

Badenhorst, C.M. (2018). Emotions, play and graduate student writing. Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie, 28, 103-126.

Badenhorst, C.M. (2018). Citation practices of postgraduate students writing literature reviews. London Review of Education, 16(1), 121-135. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18546/LRE.16.1.11
Badenhorst, C.M. (2018). Graduate student writing: Complexity in literature reviews. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 9(1), 58-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/SGPED-17-00031