Dr Sharmila Gamlath
Student Success Group
BiographyDr Sharmila Gamlath is currently a Senior Lecturer with QUT's Student Success Group. In her role as Maths and Statistics Educator for the Faculty of Business and Law, Sharmila fosters the academic success of students in the faculty and across the university by supporting them to acquire a range of mathematical and quantitative skills. An economist by training, Sharmila's research expertise lies in the area of macroeconomic modelling, with a particular focus on issues relating to human capital accumulation, economic growth and inequality. She also undertakes research on the allied area of human development where she examines themes such as the measurement of human development and the intricate linkages between people-centered development and other socio-political aspects. More recently, in alignment with her role in the Student Success Group, Sharmila has developed a research profile on higher education and learning and teaching matters. Her research interests in this space span topics such as peer learning among university students, student satisfaction and higher education finance. Sharmila's teaching career spans over seventeen years across the secondary and tertiary levels both in Australia and overseas. In these positions she taught a variety of subject areas including economics, management, statistics and mathematics. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and has undertaken a range of training and professional development in learning and teaching including completion of the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice at QUT in 2018. In recognition of Sharmila's teaching contribution, she received a QUT Vice Chancellor's Performance Award in 2015. She was also part of QUT’s STIMulate Program that won an Australian Award for University Teaching as well as two Wharton Reimagine Awards in 2016.
- STEM Educator (Maths & Statistics)
Student Success Group
Applied Economics, Other Education, Statistics
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
- Master of Science in Business Statistics (University of Moratuwa)
Professional memberships and associations
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Maths and Statistics Educator for QUT Business School
Student Success Group, Learning and Teaching Unit, QUT This role involves supporting students in the QUT Business School and across the university acquire the mathematical and quantitative skills to undertake their studies successfully through workshops, peer enabled support, development of online resources and individual consultations. In addition to support programs targeting specific units with quantitative content, Sharmila has also developed a number of generic workshop series to develop students' skills in Maths and Excel.
July 2018-November 2020
Unit Coordinator and Lecturer
School of Economics and Finance, QUT Business School In addition to her substantive role with the Student Success Group, Sharmila coordinated EFB330: Intermediate Macroeconomics in the second semester from 2018 to 2020 in order to remain actively engaged in Economics teaching.
February 2016-November 2017
Associate Lecturer (Learning Support Maths)
This role was attached to a university-wide program called STIMulate which supports QUT students in the areas of maths, science and IT. As assistant coordinator of the STIMulate maths program, Sharmila conducted workshops for students on mathematics and statistics.
July 2013-February 2016
Sessional academic and PhD candidate
School of Economics and Finance, QUT Business School
While working on her PhD thesis at the School of Economics and Finance, Sharmila worked as a sessional academic for units spanning all three years of the Economics major such as BSB113 (Economics 1), BSB 123 (Data Analysis), EFB223 (Economics 2), EFB331 (Intermediate Microeconomics) and EFB338 (Economics Capstone).
June 2004-February 2016
Teacher and Lecturer
During this period, Sharmila worked as a teacher and lecturer at various educational institutions in Sri Lanka and also operated as an independent educator. From August 2010 to February 2012, she was a senior lecturer at the Mercury Institute of Management, where she lectured several economics subjects in the University of London International programme as well as Fundamentals of Business Economics for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK programme, the Accountant in Business module in the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK programme and the Economics module in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) USA programme. Prior to this, she held the position of Teacher in Economics at the Colombo International School as well as several teaching positions at the Royal Institute of Colombo.
- Gamlath S, (2022) Peer learning and the undergraduate journey: a framework for student success, Higher Education Research and Development, 41 (3), pp. 699-713.
- Gamlath S, (2021) Business undergraduates’ progress and satisfaction with learning experiences: The role of group assessment, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 46 (3), pp. 360-375.
- Gamlath S, Wilson T, (2020) Dimensions of student-to-student knowledge sharing in universities, Knowledge Management Research and Practice.
- Gamlath S, Lahiri R, (2019) Health expenditures and inequality: a political economy perspective, Journal of Economic Studies, 46 (4), pp. 942-964.
- Gamlath S, Lahiri R, (2018) Public and private education expenditures, variable elasticity of substitution and economic growth, Economic Modelling, 70, pp. 1-14.
- Gamlath S, Lahiri R, (2018) Technical change, variable elasticity of substitution and economic growth, Journal of Economic Studies, 45 (5), pp. 1054-1071.
- Gamlath S, (2017) Human development and national culture: a multivariate exploration, Social Indicators Research, 133 (3), pp. 907-930.
- Gamlath S, (2015) Human development and democracy: re-examining the relationship, Forum of International Development Studies, 46, pp. 1-22.
- Gamlath S, (2013) The governance dimension of human development, Humanomics, 29 (4), pp. 240-259.
- Dahanayake N, Gamlath S, (2013) Learning organization dimensions of the Sri Lanka Army, Learning Organization, 20 (3), pp. 195-215.