ProfileDr David Frear is currently a lecturer and the educational developer for research in the Educational Development Unit of the Institute of Leadership and Advanced Educational Development at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). His responsibilities include the lead on the Postgraduate Research Skills Development Programme, where he provides teacher assistant training for both Master and PhD level students and both coordinates and teaches on PhD student research skills training and awareness. Additionally, he is the lead on the 402 module, Pedagogic Research to Enhance Professional Practice, for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education. This certificate is for staff teaching at XJTLU and completion leads to both the receipt of the certificate as well as Fellowship with the UK’s Higher Education Academy. In addition to his current responsibilities, David has been an assistant professor and lecturer of composition and rhetoric for several years, an English for academic purposes tutor and, in his early career, an English as a foreign language and English as a second language instructor.
Dr Frear’s education and experience have informed his research interests. He was fortunate to have, Professor Rod Ellis, as his doctoral supervisor. During this time, he specialized in second language acquisition through writing via written corrective feedback and developed interests in first and second language writing, motivation as well as student-centred and task-based teaching and learning. More recently he has developed an additional research area in action research for professional development in higher education contexts. He has a number of publications and has presented at many conferences in the world; he has also provided many professional development sessions for colleagues and institutions. He has received both grants and awards for his work.