Ms. Leonie Baptiste


  • Lecturer l
  • Faculty Reseach Coordinator
  • Department of PNG Studies and International Relations
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Leonie Baptiste works at the Divine Word University (DWU) as lecturer in the Department of PNG Studies and International Relations. After achieving her Bachelor of Arts (PNG studies) in 2007 she, for the first 6 years worked in administration as the executive assistant and research officer to the President of DWU before moving towards a career in academia.

Whilst working in administration at DWU, Leonie managed to complete and graduate with a Master of Educational Leadership and also achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.

From 2015 – 2016, she was also successful in completing and achieving a second Master of Studies degree focusing on Social Research and

Demography at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Leonie has a passion for the subject of history and social science research methodology, she is currently teaching: Ancient history of the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea history and PNG colonial history. Apart from her passion, she also teaches literature and methodology; which is a study skills unit offered to first year students in her department and faculty. She also assists with units that are multidisciplinary such as Human Resource Management and developmental studies.

With reference to research activities, Leonie has recently been part of a team of domestic election observers working under the Australian National University who for a month participated in observing and interviewing PNG citizens during the pre-polling, polling and post-polling stages during PNG’s 2017 National general elections.

Her research interests lie in the area of PNG customs (cultural traditions and practices), gender and English language proficiency.


Master of Studies (Demography and Social Research) – Australian National University

Master of Educational Leadership – Divine Word University

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning – Divine Word University

Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies)


PG103 Ancient History of the South Pacific
PG115 Literature and Methodology
PG353 Classica Ethnographies                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CA125 PNG History                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BS317 Human Resource Management (tutors)

Professional Associations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Member of PEGS (Practical Education and Gender Support)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Member of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water Diver number: 0712A35043


Baptiste, L. (2012). A challenge for DWU's administrative leadership to facilitate student proficiency in English. Contemporary PNG Studies, Vol. 16, May 2012: 79-92.

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