Faculty of Education and Arts

Research Supervisors

  • Faculty of Education & Arts

  • Professor Margot Hillel

    Chair of Academic Board

    Constructions of childhood; children's literature; children's literature and history; social and cultural issues in and of literature for young people; values education through literature for young people; children's literature and visual media.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3238 (Melbourne) Email : Margot.Hillel@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Childhood ; Constructions of Childhood ; Children's Literature ; Visual Media ; Social and Cultural Issues ; Literature ; Young People ; History ;

  • Professor Elizabeth Labone

    Professor Elizabeth Labone is the Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty Education & Arts.

    Professor Labone has worked in Teacher Education and leadership in higher education for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in leadership roles including National Head of Education and State Head NSW/ACT, as well as Director of Higher Degree Research. She is currently on the Executive of the New South Wales Council of Deans of Education as well as a member of both the Victorian and Queensland Council of Deans of Education. Professor Labone has extensive knowledge of Teacher Education programs and policy across a range of contexts.

    Professor Labone is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of teacher efficacy. Her specific expertise is in the formation of efficacy beliefs, the role of efficacy beliefs in teacher professional learning and collective efficacy in school improvement. She also has significant scholarship and research in building teacher capacity for working with marginalised students. Professor Labone???s most recent projects include an international development program in Kiribati, Teach for Australia, principal resilience in Catholic schools, and support for the achievement of graduate standards for Indigenous students. She has successfully engaged in a range of large funded projects including OLT and ARC Linkages grants.

    Professor Labone commenced her academic career at the University of Sydney where she completed her PhD. Prior to her academic career she worked in Primary Education both in the Catholic and government sector. She has continued to engage strongly with the school sector in partnership projects, advisory and board roles.

    Phone : (02) 9701 4130 (Strathfield) Email : elizabeth.labone@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Teacher Efficacy ; Formation and change in self-efficacy in teachers ; Teacher professional learning processes ; Teacher beliefs and practices ; Equity in Education ; Academic self-efficacy in diverse student groups ; Efficacy for engagement with marginalised groups ;

  • Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

  • Professor Jacqueline Cumming

    Professor Joy Cumming is the Program Director of the Assessment, Evaluation and Student Learning Research Program in LSIA at ACU. Joy has been involved in educational research for 40 years, including state and federally funded research projects and contributing to national and state policies. Her core research priority is educational assessment, with projects in adult and child literacy and numeracy. Her research also focuses on equity and social justice in assessment, including work in education law that examines the impact of educational policy and legislation in assessment and accountability on students. Prior to commencing at ACU in 2013, Joy was employed in a number of roles including Professor in the Faculty of Education and Dean of Griffith Graduate Research School during her 25 years with Griffith University.

    Phone : 7862 (Brisbane) Email : Joy.Cumming@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Assessment ; Evaluation ; Accountability ; Education law ; Standardised testing ; Accountability and equity in education ;

  • Professor Susan Edwards

    Professor Edwards conducts research in the field of early childhood education, specifically focussed on young children's learning in contemporary times. Her research considers the role and use of digital technologies by young children, families and educators. This includes digital play, young children's health and wellbeing using technologies, and cyber-safety education in the early years. Professor Edwards is also interested in examining the role of play-based learning and intentional teaching in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. Professor Edwards draws on sociocultural and cultural historical theory, practice theory and philosophy of technology to inform her work. Current candidates working with Professor Edwards are researching: teacher imagination in children's play; joint-mediated engagement between infants, toddlers and parents using digital media; and, the role of loose-object play in children's learning outcomes.

    Phone : (Melbourne) Email : suzy.edwards@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Digital technologies in the early years ; Early childhood cyber-safety education ; Play-based learning ; Digital play ; Early childhood curriculum formation ;

  • Professor Vincent Geiger

    Vince Geiger is a professor of mathematics education within the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE), Australian Catholic University. He is the Leader of the STEM Education: Design and Growth Across the Disciplines program within ILSTE, an interdisciplinary research space focused on the enabling and transformative role of mathematics within the STEM disciplines and other areas of human endeavour. His work is driven by awareness that the capacity to know and use mathematics confidently is important for an individual's career prospects and their empowerment as informed citizens. This awareness has inspired over 100 peer reviewed research publications that address the interests of both research and professional audiences.

    Vince joined ACU in 2005 after a successful 22 year career as a secondary school teacher of mathematics and science. Over that time he held national positions such as President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and Chair of the National Education Forum. It was in these roles that he became aware of the "big" problems in mathematics education that needed to be addressed through research. His research interests have developed from this point to include: the teaching and learning of mathematics and its applications ??? numeracy and mathematical modeling; the use of digital tools as enablers of mathematical understanding; STEM literacy and capability; and teacher professional learning. The approach he takes to research is underpinned by socio-cultural principles of learning/teaching, usually realized through mixed methods designs.

    Vince's research has been supported by $4 million of external competitive funding, including leadership of two ARC Discovery projects and one DECRA. Other recent projects include: 2018-2020 - Principals as STEM Leaders (Department of Education and Training); 2018-2023 - Numeracy Expert Group for the implementation of the 2nd cycle of PIAAC (OECD); 2015-2017 - Opening Real Science (OLT); 2018-2020 ??? Review of the PIAAC numeracy assessment framework (OECD); and 2015-2016 - Building an evidence base for national best practice in mathematics education (Office of the Chief Scientist). He is a past Associate Editor of the Mathematics Education Research Journal, a current member of the Editorial Board for International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modeling and Applications.

    The excellence of his research was recognised by a Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Research Award in 2017. His work was further recognised by selection as the Giovanni Prodi Guest Professorship at Wurzburg University in 2018/2019. While his focus is now on research, Vince has always maintained a close link with the mathematics teaching profession His tertiary teaching expertise has been recognised through an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2009.

    Vince supervises higher degree research students in science and mathematics education.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7188 (Brisbane) Email : vincent.geiger@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Mathematics Education ; Numeracy ; Mathematical Modelling ; Teacher Education ; Teacher Professional Learning ; Digital technologies ; Applications of Mathematics ; Curriculum design ; Assessment in Mathematics ; Assessment in Higher Education ; Social Justice ;

  • Prof Michele Haynes

    Michele Haynes is professor of data analytics for education and social research in the Learning Sciences Institute Australia. She is an experienced statistician with expertise in estimation of complex models for social applications using longitudinal data from multiple sources including national panel surveys and government administrative data. Michele's research interests include improvement of statistical techniques for investigating trajectories in education and social outcomes for young individuals, identifying the drivers of change and how these vary for disadvantaged groups. Michele has influenced methodological development through various roles including Chair of the Social Statistics Section of the Statistical Society of Australia, Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society), Statistical Advisor for the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, and through the delivery of professional training in longitudinal data analysis to government personnel. Michele has attracted considerable research funding through grants including an ARC Discovery project that has developed an online survey tool for gathering data from Indigenous people to better understand their experiences and perceptions of architectural health settings, and a recently awarded ARC Linkage grant for a project to study community-based STEM professional learning for teachers of middle years. She has also led numerous projects in partnership with government agencies. Most recently, Michele has been successful with an Education Horizon grant in 2019-2020 with colleagues Joy Cumming, Melanie Spallek and Yoon-Suk Hwang, for a project on "Factors that impact on long-term achievement and retention for students with ASD in Queensland government schools: Evidence from administrative data."

    Phone : 0738616168 (Brisbane) Email : Michele.Haynes@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Statistics ; Education trajectories ; life course research ; Data analytics for education ; Data for policy ; Big data analysis ; Models for longitudinal data ; Transition to work ;

  • Prof Kathy Mills

    Kathy A. Mills is Professor of Literacies and Digital Change at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. Professor Mills holds the only Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship 2018 won in education and is developing interdisciplinary methods of sensory orchestration for multimodal literacy learning in primary education nationally and internationally (FT18010009; 2019-2022). Mills is simultaneously implementing two other ARC grants across the Linkage and Discovery schemes as lead investigator and second CI respectively, with total 'category one' grant income to date of $2.47 million. This success builds on her continuous and exceptional trajectory of competitive research fellowships and grant funding from her first full time academic position in 2009. She was first awarded 1 of 2 ARC Australian Post Doctoral (Industry) fellowships nationally in education in 2009. Her ARC APDI Fellowship and later chief investigator role on Linkage (LP150100030) involved leading a design-based research intervention that successfully developed students' digital literacy practices in the context of school reform for socially disadvantaged students. She then achieved 1 of only 5 Discovery Early Career Research Awards nationally in education, Jan 2014-Dec 2017. The DECRA research project made a unique contribution to enhancing Indigenous students' multimodal literacy learning in ways that are consistent with Indigenous ways of knowing and being (DE140100047). Mills' current ARC Linkage grant involves strategic partnerships with five organisations to develop teaching approaches to strengthen the effective multimodal communication of emotions and opinions of disadvantaged students (LP150100030, 2016-2019). The Discovery grant develops novel teaching methods to develop students' vital coding and animation skills across the curriculum, with other leading national and international researchers, Professors Len Unsworth (ACU), Garry Falloon (Macquarie) and Andrew Burn (University College London), DP190100228, 2019-2021. Professor Mills is actively sought as an international grant collaborator, reviewer, and assessor, and has forged a number of industry partnerships across education and cultural sectors nationally and internationally.

    Mills has published over 100 academic works, including 6 sole-authored books, and high quality journal articles and chapters in the discipline of education. While her grants and outputs are primarily in education, her interdisciplinary project leadership, methods, and collaborators span other fields in the social sciences. Professor Mills' research on literacies and digital cultures in education has 2119 citations and a h-index of 24 (July 2019, Harzing), with a focus on improving teaching and learning of literacies by creating innovative digital environments for school students. Her most cited work is 'A Review of the 'Digital Turn' in the New Literacy Studies' published in the highest-ranked educational journal, Review of Educational Research. Her research monograph, Literacy Theories for the Digital Age, won the Literacy Research Association's, Edward Fry Book Award, USA. The edited Handbook of Writing, Literacies and Education in Digital Cultures won the 2018 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies, with an attached keynote in Oklahoma, USA.

    Professor Mills serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Literacy Research (USA), and the Review boards for English Teaching Practice and Critique (NZ) and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. Mills recently completed a two-year international research leadership role as elected President, American Educational Research Association, Writing and Literacies SIG, USA (2017-2019). She also maintains a strong public research voice for literacy research through national radio, TV, news media and social media, and assesses research grants in Australia and internationally.

    Phone : 6234 (Brisbane) Email : kathy.mills@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Literacy ; Digital technologies ; multimodal semiotics ; critical theory ; sensory studies ; digital data ;

  • Professor Joce Nuttall

    Professor Joce Nuttall is Director of the Teacher Education research concentration in the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, Faculty of Education and Arts, at ACU. Joce's research describes, implements and theorises effective interventions in professional learning in schools and early childhood settings, particularly in childcare. Most recently this work has focused on capacity building among educational leaders in early childhood and junior school settings, using system-wide analyses and actions. Joce has published over seventy books, book chapters and scholarly articles and is a regular presenter of keynote addresses at international conferences in the areas of teacher development, and early childhood curriculum and policy. Joce commenced at ACU in 2011 as a Principal Research Fellow.

    Phone : 03 9953 3532 (Melbourne) Email : Joce.Nuttall@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Early Childhood Education ; Professional development of teachers ; Early childhood curriculum and policy ; Professional Practice Education ; Interprofessional work in education ;

  • Professor Leonard Unsworth

    Len Unsworth is now Professor in Education at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. In recent years he has held professorial posts at Griffith University, and the University of New England, and was formerly Head of the School of Development and Learning in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Len has been a chief investigator on six Australian Research Council funded Discovery and Linkage projects since 2005, which have included work on image-language relations in picture books, the nature and role of images in large-scale reading comprehension tests, studentsa?? multimodal authoring using animation software, a a??good enougha?? grammatics for English teaching in primary and secondary schools, and pedagogies for cumulative learning in twenty first century schools. Lena??s publications include Literacy learning and teaching (Macmillan, 1993), Researching language in schools and communities (Continuum, 2000), Teaching multiliteracies across the curriculum (Open University Press, 2001), [with Angela Thomas, Alyson Simpson and Jenny Asha] Teaching childrena??s literature with Information and Communication Technologies (McGraw-Hill/Open University Press 2005), e-literature for children and classroom literacy learning (Routledge, 2006), New Literacies and the English Curriculum (Continuum, 2008), Multimodal Semiotics (Continuum, 2008) and, with Clare Painter and Jim Martin, Reading Visual Narratives (Equinox,2013).

    Phone : 2738 (North Sydney) Email : Len.Unsworth@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    English Education ; Multiliteracies ; Visual Literacy ; Children's Literature ; Systemic Functional Linguistics and Literacy ;

  • Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith

    Claire Wyatt-Smith is a Professor of Educational Assessment and Literacy and Institute Director of the Learning Sciences Institute Australia. Her research focuses on professional judgment, standards and moderation, with an aligned focus on curriculum and literacy education. Her publications address teachersa?? assessment identities; large-scale standardised testing and its impact on learning; assessment adaptations for students with disabilities and assessment and new technologies. Clairea??s research has attracted funding from the Australian Research Council and she has undertaken numerous government-funded large-scale longitudinal projects. Recent books include Assessment for education: standards, judgement and moderation (Sage, 2014) and Designing assessment for quality learning (Springer, 2014), and she is the Series Editor for Springera??s assessment series, The Enabling Power of Assessment through which she works with international networks of researchers focused on assessment and professional practice. Claire holds an advisory role in the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Ireland and a Professorial Teaching Fellowship, Hong Kong University, working in the Faculties of Education and Dentistry.

    Phone : +617 3623 7112 (Brisbane) Email : claire.wyatt-smith@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Assessment and evaluation ; Assessment standards ; Human judgment and moderation practice ; language and literacy education ; Digital assessment ;

  • Associate Professor Clarence Ng

    Associate Professor Clarence Ng has internationally recognised expertise in the field of motivation and learning. Drawing from both cognitive and sociocultural theories, his research work on motivation and learning has taken an integrated perspective to investigate complex contextual and interactive influences on learning and teaching in different curriculum areas using student participants drawn from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds. The notion of contextualizing motivation and learning is the focus of his book, "Reforming Learning"(Ng & Renshaw, 2009, by Springer), a major international publication for understanding learning reforms within the Asia-pacific region. Building on this successful publication, Clarence is currently leading a group of international educational researchers to develop a new publication, entitled as "Reforming learning and teaching in Asia-Pacific universities"(Ng, Fox & Nakano, forthcoming 2014, by Springer), to explore important issues on improving learning and teaching at the university level, explicating significant influences of globalised processes at work in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Using longitudinal mixed-method designs, Clarence currently leads two ongoing ARC-funded discovery projects to investigate complex engagement issues in learning to read (DP110104289, Ng, Wyatt-Smith & Bartlett, 2011-2015) and sustaining aspirations for advanced Mathematics (DP140101431, Ng, Goos & Bahr, 2014-2016) among students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Australia.

    At the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA), Clarence is a program director for a priority research program on "Enhancing Literacy and Engagement for Overcoming Disadvantage". A major focus of this priority research program is the development of empirically verified interventions and innovative pedagogical models for re-engaging disadvantaged students to read and write with confidence and interest. National and international researchers including Professors Brendan Bartlett, Claire Wyatt-Smith, Steve Graham and Karen Harris are part of the research team working collaboratively to achieve this significant research goal.

    Phone : 7826 (Brisbane) Email : clarence.ng@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    learning, motivation and engagement ; reading and reading engagement ; education of disadvantaged students ; Asia-pacific education reforms ; Teacher learning and development ;

  • Dr Lenore Adie

    Lenore Adie is a Senior Research Fellow based in Brisbane in the Learning Sciences Institute Australia, working in the Assessment, Evaluation and Student Learning Program. Lenore has previously worked in the primary school sector in teaching and administrative positions. Her research focuses on assessment practices, in particular formative assessment and moderation, and spans across primary, secondary and tertiary education.

    Phone : 7333 (Brisbane) Email : Lenore.Adie@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Assessment, Formative assessment, ; Assessment for Learning, Moderation ;

  • Institute for Religion Politics & Society

  • Professor Jack Barbalet

    Jack Barbalet is an internationally acclaimed sociologist who has held professorial appointments in Australia, England and Hong Kong. His first academic position was lecturer in economics at the University of Papua New Guinea and his longest held appointment was in sociology at the Australian National University. He has contributed to a number of areas of sociology, including sociological theory, political sociology, the sociology of emotions and economic sociology. His current research concerns aspects of mainland Chinese society, especially guanxi, as well as connected themes in Chinese and Japanese religions.

    Phone : +61392308195 (Melbourne) Email : jack.barbalet@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Political Sociology ; Economic Sociology ; Sociology of Emotions ; Sociological Theory ; Sociology of China ;

  • Professor Bryan Turner

    I am currently the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center The City University of New York where I am the Director of the Mellon Committee for the Study of Religion and the Director of the Institute for Religion Politics and Society at ACU (Melbourne Campus). My interests are in the sociology of religion and the sociology of citizenship and human rights. My recent research has focused on the Sharia in Australia (mainly Sydney) and the United States (mainly New York)and on the idea of Muslim subjectivities (in a research project in Melbourne, Paris and Detroit). I am also developing an international study of religion and happiness primarily among young people. I am with Irfan Ahmad the co-founder of the journal for Religious and Political Practice. I have also been the founding editor of two other journals - Citizenship Studies and Journal of Classical Sociology.My other research interest is in technology, ageing and the longevity project. I recently co-edited a special issue of Sociological Quarterly on technology and ageing.

    Phone : (Overseas) Email : Bryan.Turner@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    religion citizenship human rights law ageing ;

  • Dr Tom Barnes

    Tom is an economic sociologist at the Institute for Religion, Politics & Society at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. He is working in the Institute's Cities and Successful Societies research stream, which looks at the role of society, government and business in the rejuvenation of cities and regions undergoing industrial decline. The core of this stream is a study of the social impact of Australian automotive manufacturing's decline in Melbourne and Geelong. He completed his PhD in political economy at the University of Sydney in 2011 and is an expert on urban development, industry and labour markets in India. He has a strong interest in the study of Asian labour movements, particularly Indonesia and India. He has written a book, Informal Labour in Urban India: Three Cities, Three Journeys (Routledge, 2015) and is currently completing a book on labour relations in the Indian automotive industry. He is co-convenor of the Sociology of Economic Life group for The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and a fellow with the Victorian Parliamentary Library.

    Phone : 3931 (Melbourne) Email : tom.barnes@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Economic Sociology ; Urban Sociology ; Labour Rights ; Asian Societies ;

  • Dr Joshua Roose

    I am a political sociologist and the current leader of the Law and Religion stream within the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society. My work examines the intersection of law and religion, political Islam, Sharia, multiculturalism, citizenship and xenophobia. I also work on broader topics related to cities, deindustrialisation and Australian political parties.

    Phone : 3153 (Melbourne) Email : Joshua.Roose@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Law and Society ; Political Islam ; Multiculturalism ; Citizenship ; Cities ;

  • Dr Sally Weller

    Sally Weller is an economic geographer and economic sociologist with research interests focused on labour markets, cultural industries, manufacturing, urban and regional development and Australiaa??s evolving political economy. She is accomplishing in research design and both qualitative and quantitative social research methods. Sally has conducted three major longitudinal studies of labour market restructuring, has published more than 60 papers in quality peer-reviewed journals and earned more than $3 million in research grants and consultancies. She serves on the Editorial Boards of two highly ranked international journals - the Journal of Economic Geography and Work Employment and Society. Sallya??s contribution to the Cities and Successful Societies program links questions of urban and regional development to issues of social and spatial justice in an increasingly unequal world.

    Phone : 8194 (Melbourne) Email : Sally.Weller@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    industrial change ; regional development ; labour markets ; economic geography ; Economic Sociology ;

  • Nat Sch of Arts

  • Professor Michael Ondaatje

    My research expertise lies in American political and intellectual history, with a particular interest in the history of African Americans and US foreign policy. In 2012 the Australian Academy of the Humanities awarded me the Max Crawford Medal, 'Australia's most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities'. The Crawford Medal is 'granted to early career Australian researchers for outstanding scholarly achievement in the humanities in Australia, and to those whose publications make an exceptional contribution to the understanding of humanities disciplines by the general public'.

    Phone : 2389 (North Sydney) Email : Michael.Ondaatje@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    African-American history, US foreign policy ;

  • Professor Jan Seruga

    Computer Security, Data Communications, Education and Information Systems, Applied Mathematics

    Phone : (02) 9701 4467 (North Sydney) Email : Jan.Seruga@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Computer Security ; Information Systems ; Education ; Data Communications ;

  • Professor Shurlee Swain

    My research expertise lies in the area of Australian and comparative social history, with a particular interest in the history of childhood, women's history, welfare history, religious history, history of the family and Indigenous history. I am the team leader of the Historicising Social Policy program within ACU's Historical Research Concentration, building on the influence which my research has had on inquiries and responses to Australia's history of forced adoption and abuse of children in out-of-home care.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3239 (Melbourne) Email : Shurlee.Swain@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    History of Childhood ; Women's History ; Welfare History ; History ; History of the Family ; Indigenous History ; Australian and Comparative ; Religious History ;

  • Associate Professor Catherine Bell

    Associate Professor Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, visual arts lecturer and Gallery Director at the Australian Catholic University. She has presented her Doctoral research at the 95th Annual CAA conference in New York (2007), King's College, London at the Menzies Centre for Australian studies (2008), York St John University UK and NGBK Neue Gesellschaft f??r Bildende Kunst, Berlin (2009), University of Toronto (2010) and International Arts & Health Conference, Notre Dame University Australia, Freemantle Western Australian (2012). Her emerging research in art and health complements her art practice that forefronts art on the margins, art activism, community engagement and feminist perspectives. Catherine Bell is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne and her video artwork can be viewed at the Australian Video Art Archive www.videoartchive.org.au

    Phone : 9953 3363 (Melbourne) Email : Catherine.Bell@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Performance Art, Art & Health, Art on the Margins ; Community Engagement and Art, Art Activism, ; Feminist Practice, Animals in Contemporary Art ; Art and Crime, Shamanistic and Ritualistic Art ; Public Art, Stealth and Performative Interventions ; Video & Installation Art, Drawing, Collage ; Photography, Art and Food, Visual Culture ; Cultural Anthropology, Art and Disability ;

  • Associate Professor Mark Chou

    Mark is an associate professor in politics. He joined ACU in early 2013 from the University of Melbourne where he had been a McKenzie Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Trained as a political scientist and lawyer, Mark received his BA (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from the Australian National University. His PhD in Political Science and International Relations was awarded by the University of Queensland in 2010. With teaching and research interests in global politics, political theory, democracy, and cultural politics, Mark has taught courses in international relations, democratic theory and peace and conflict studies.

    Mark is the author of a number of research articles in such journals as Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Australian Journal of Political Science, Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, New Political Science, Political Studies Review, Telos, Critical Horizons, and Journal for Cultural Research. His first book, Greek Tragedy and Contemporary Democracy, was published in 2012 by Bloomsbury.

    Currently, his research examines the issue of democratic failure, looking to examples in ancient Athens, the Weimar Republic, contemporary United States, China, and Australia for insight. His first book on this topic, Theorising Democide: Why and How Democracies Fail, was published by Palgrave in 2013. His second volume, Democracy Against Itself: Sustaining an Unsustainable Idea, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014.

    He is also the co-founder and editor of the new international journal, Democratic Theory: An Interdisciplinary Journal, which is published and distributed by Berghahn.

    Mark is an associate of the Sydney Democracy Network.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3209 (Melbourne) Email : Mark.Chou@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Democratic Theory ; International Relations Theory ; Cultural Politics ; Greek Tragedy ; Chinese Theories of Democracy and IR ;

  • Associate Professor Theda Thomas

    Theda Thomas is the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Education and Arts. Her research interests lie in higher education, looking in particular at the development of graduate attributes and skills across the curriculum. She has a specific interest in first year pedagogy and how different discipline areas help students come to grips with the requirements of their discipline.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3867 (Melbourne) Email : Theda.Thomas@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Curriculum renewal in Higher Education ; Assessment in Higher Education ; Graduate Attribute Development ; First Year in Higher Education ;

  • Dr Haydn Aarons

    I am a sociologist with specific interests in religion, cultural consumption, health, and rural communities. My teaching covers a range of sociological fields. I specialise in quantitative methods, particularly survey data.

    Phone : 3303 (Melbourne) Email : Haydn.Aarons@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Religion & Society ; Health ; Research Methods ; Regional and Rural Communities ; Culture ;

  • Dr Melissa Bellanta

    I am a lecturer in history with a special interest in social, cultural and gender history of Australia. I was a lecturer at the University of Queensland (UQ) before joining ACU in 2013, and before that worked as a researcher at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at UQ, funded by ARC and UQ postdoctoral fellowships.

    My work looks at youth culture, protest masculinity, 'rough girls' and street style in Australian history. I also work on the history of the emotions and sentimentality in Western popular culture. I have an ongoing interest in the history of popular theatre, entertainments and early cinema - including the history of blackface minstrelsy and African-American performance.

    I am currently supervising historical projects on 'bad girls' and women from the 'criminal classes' in Australian cities,and Aboriginal domestic servants in Queensland.

    Phone : 4148 (Strathfield) Email : melissa.bellanta@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Social and Cultural History of Australia ; History of Youth Culture ; History of the Emotions ; Street Style and Street Culture ; History of Popular Theatre and Entertainments ; Blackface and African-American Performance ; Gender History (especially of masculinities) ;

  • Dr Rachel Busbridge

    Rachel Busbridge is a political sociologist who received her PhD at the University of South Australia in 2010. Since then, she has held research positions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, La Trobe University and Freie Universitaet Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She has taught sociology and politics at al-Quds University, al-Quds Bard College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of South Australia, Deakin University and Swinburne. She joined ACU as a Lecturer in Sociology in January 2018.

    Her work has appeared in Theory, Culture and Society, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies and Social Identities, amongst others. Her first book, Multicultural Politics of Recognition and Postcolonial Citizenship: Rethinking the Nation (2018), was recently published by Routledge as part of the Postcolonial Politics series.

    Rachel is also a Commissioning Editor of Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology (Sage).

    Phone : 8594 (Melbourne) Email : rachel.busbridge@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Multiculturalism and cultural diversity ; Nationalism and national identity ; Postcolonial theory ; Israeli-Palestinian conflict ; Reconciliation and recognition ;

  • Dr Victoria Carruthers

    My research areas are primarily focused on modern and contemporary art history and theory. I also have an interest in the intersections between politics and visual cultures both in a contemporary, globalised, neoliberal world, as well as in the Renaissance/Baroque periods. I completed an Honours degree at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney and then traveled on a scholarship to the UK where I completed a PhD at the University of Essex, awarded in 2012. My doctoral thesis focused on the art of the late American surrealist Dorothea Tanning with whom I worked in New York before her death in 2012. Before studying art history, I completed a BA in literature and philosophy and a Masters by thesis on Shakespeare's late plays, both at the University of Sydney.

    My research interests have been broad and reflect my education in the Humanities and my personal interest in the history of music. For this reason, I would consider my research practices genuinely interdisciplinary. In the past, I have mostly focused on the work of women artists involved with Dada and surrealism and I am still involved with a number of projects in this area.

    My publications include essays on Tanning's work and its relationship to music, gothic literature and mermaid imagery. I have also published on surrealist poetry, Young British Artists, the surrealist Czech artist Emila Medkova and I am currently preparing a critical monograph on Dorothea Tanning due for publication in 2017.

    Phone : 4264 (Strathfield) Email : Victoria.Carruthers@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Modernism, surrealist art practice, ; contemporary art, gothic literature/aesthetics, ; visual cultures, neoliberalism, politics, ; interdisciplinary studies. ;

  • Dr Nick Carter

    Nick Carter is Associate Professor in Modern History. Before joining ACU in July 2013, he was formerly Head of History at the University of Wales, Newport (UK), 2010-13, and Head of History at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK), 2001-04. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Southampton (UK), the University of New South Wales and Monash University. He is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century Italian history and historiography, including the Italian Risorgimento in transnational context and the management and memory of Fascist monumental art and architecture in postwar Italy. A/Prof Carter also has written and published on the topic of Britain's difficult relationship with the European Union.

    In 2013, the Australian Journal of Politics and History declared his book Modern Italy in Historical Perspective (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2010) an 'instant classic alongside works by [Richard] Bosworth, [Denis] Mack Smith and [Paul] Ginsborg.' His edited book, Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento, was published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan. The book has been described by Eugenio Biagini (Cambridge University) as an 'innovative, sophisticated and multi-dimensional reappraisal of some of the key aspects of this fascinating page of transnational history'.

    Nick's current research examines the material legacies and memories of Italian Fascism in the postwar and contemporary periods.

    Phone : 4587 (Strathfield) Email : nick.carter@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Fascist-era monuments in postwar Italy ; Modern Italian historiography ; The Italian Risorgimento in transnational context ; Briiain and European integration ;

  • Dr Duncan Cook

    I am a Physical Geographer and the Lecturer in Charge of Geography here at the ACU. I was awarded my PhD from the University of Sydney and since then have held post-doctoral positions at the Smithsonian Institution (USA), Georgetown University (USA) and the University of Glasgow (UK). Prior to relocating back to Sydney in 2012 I worked for the New Zealand Defence Force at the Defence Technology Agency as an Environmental Research Scientist.

    My research is currently focused on the relationships between climatic variability, human response and landscapes over a variety of timescales worldwide. This work falls broadly into two main categories:

    1. Recent and projected human-climate interactions: Historical climatic variability and environmental extremes in West Asia; Investigating the climatic background to recent piracy in the Horn of Africa region; projected climate change impacts in the Horn of Africa region; remote sensing of coastal environments via satellite and UAVs

    2. Human response to environmental change in the past: High-resolution records of environmental change (Asia, Central America, Australasia), ancient agriculture and climate adaptation (Central America, UK), palaeoclimates and archaeological change (SE Asia, Mesoamerica)

    The common theoretical thread linking these research interests is the question of how best to quantify and understand the complex interaction between human activity, climatic fluctuations and environmental change across the Earth's surface.

    Phone : 4147 (Strathfield) Email : Duncan.Cook@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Geochronology ; Climate Change ; Geomagnetism ; Geoarchaeology ; Soil ; Remote Sensing ; Geography ; Environmental Pollution ;

  • Dr Jen Couch

    I am a senior lecturer who teaches in the youth work and international development degrees. I came to ACU 15 years ago after working extensively in the youth and community sectors in Australia and South Asia. I have worked extensively with refugee young people and have recently completed the first longitudinal ethnographic study to explore refugee young people and homelessness in Australia.
    I have worked with, and on behalf of, young people and communities in the areas of refugee settlement, displacement, homelessness, rights and participation, and capacity building. I have published widely in the area of young people and marginalisation and I am particularly interested in working in hopeful and positive ways to change social inequalities and exclusion.

    I have conducted ethnographic and qualitative research in Australia, USA, Mexico, Thailand, India and Tibet. I am experienced in a range of empirical research methods including in-depth interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, photography and ethnography and have used these in a range of fieldwork situations from global justice activism in India, USA, Australia and Mexico, working children's movements in India and Indigenous communities in the Northern Philippines. My current research is focused on the role of young people in international development discourse, youth work in conflict zones and decolonising youth work practice.

    I am an accredited supervisor for Honours, MPhil and PhD students. I have supervised postgraduate students working on an array of projects that focus on marginalised communities often with the aim of readdressing social injustices.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3560 (Melbourne) Email : Jen.Couch@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Youth work in post conflict areas ; Decolonizing Youth Work Practice ; Young people in international development ;

  • Dr Hannah Forsyth

    Dr Hannah Forsyth is Senior Lecturer in History and ARC DECRA Fellow at ACU.

    Her Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Project 'Are we all Middle Class Now? A History of Professions in Australia' is a three-year project 2017-2019. It aims to give an account of the growth of professions in twentieth-century Australia. It seeks to explain their relationship to changes in the structures and priorities of government and capitalism locally and through economic and institutional connections to international systems and organisations. She is conducting a statistical study of professions over the twentieth century and a political and cultural study of a selection of sample occupations, including Medicine, Law, Engineering, Teaching, Accounting, Journalism, Nursing and Social Work.

    Hannah is the author of A History of the Modern Australian University, a book published in 2014 by NewSouth Publishing. Hannah's research on the history of higher education has been the subject of discussion in the public sphere and she is a regular contributor to the media, in newspapers like The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald as well as The Conversation and London's Times Higher Education.

    Hannah teaches modern history, historiography and Australian Indigenous History. She has supervised honours and postgraduate work in labour history, Aboriginal history, history of capitalism and gender history.

    Phone : 4621 (Strathfield) Email : Hannah.Forsyth@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Australian History ; Labour history ; Historiography, History and Theory ; History of Education ; Australian Aboriginal History ; Settler Colonial Studies ; History of Capitalism ; History teaching and historical consciousness ; Social Inclusion in higher education ;

  • Dr Naser Ghobadzadeh

    Researching at the intersection of religion and politics, Naser's interests lie in the study of Islamic political theology, secularism, state-religion-society relations, and Middle East and Iranian politics. By mapping competing discourses and practices in the Muslim world, his current research project involves conceptualising the possibility not only of the co-existence of religious and secularity but also the need to recognise the religious roots of an emerging model of secularity in the Muslim world. Conceptualising the notion of electoral Theocracy, Naser is also working on authoritarian resilience in Middle East. This project intends to explore the contribution of repeated elections to the durability of authoritarianism.
    Naser holds a Ph.D. (University of Sydney, 2012) and an M.A. in Political Science (Shahid Beheshti University, Iran 2001). He has also worked as editor-in-chief of the foreign policy service at the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), communication officer with the UNDP and head of the Information Resource Centre (IRC), UNICEF office in Tehran.
    Naser has authored three books including Religious secularity: a theological challenge to the Islamic state (Oxford University Press, 2015), Caspian sea: legal regime, neighbouring countries and US policies (Farhang-e Gofteman, 2005) and A study of people's divergence from ruling system (Farhang-e Gofteman, 2002). His articles have been published in internationally refereed journals such as Third World Quarterly, Democratization, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Contemporary Politics, and Discourse.

    Phone : 3842 (Melbourne) Email : Naser.Ghobadzadeh@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Political Islam ; Middle East Politics ; State-Religion relations ; Secularism ; Islamic political theology ;

  • Dr Margaret Hutchison

    Margaret (Meggie) Hutchison's research focuses on the history of war, culture and memory. She completed her PhD in the School of History at the Australian National University in 2015. Her doctoral thesis explored Australia's first official art scheme of the First World War and was shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association's Serle Award for the best postgraduate thesis in Australian History. Her first book, Painting War: A history of Australia's First World War art scheme, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2018. She is also co-editor of a forthcoming collection of essays on painting, memory and war which will be published with the University of Alabama Press in 2019. She has won several international grants and awards in support of her research, including an Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship and an International Council for Canadian Studies Grant. She has published and taught widely on war and culture and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Phone : 6130 (Brisbane) Email : margaret.hutchison@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    First World War History ; Social and Cultural History of Australia ; Australian Military History ; Australian History ; comparative history ;

  • Dr Karen Lamb

    I completed a Master of Arts at the University of Queensland and a PhD at Monash University, both in literary studies. My publications on Australian authors inlcude an edited collection of contemporary Australian short stories (UNEASY TRUCES) and the first critical book on Peter Carey (THE GENESIS OF FAME). In addition, I have over twenty years of experience as a literary journalist, reviewing books for journals and newspapers, most recently for THE AUSTRALIAN. I have held teaching and research positions in literary studies, creative writing, and media and communications at at the University of Queensland, Monash University and The University of Melbourne

    I have have experience as an editor and manuscript assessor for major publishers and was a Ministerial Speechwriter for the Arts, working from a government public affairs unit in Canberra.

    My most recent research publication is on the Australian novelist Thea Astley, a now critically acclaimed biography, titled INVENTING HER OWN WEATHER (UQP, 2015.

    Phone : 4112 (Strathfield) Email : karenm.lamb@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Australian Literature ; Life Writing ; Social context of authorship ;

  • Dr James Marland

    James began teaching theatre and literature in 1989. Since this time he has also worked in the theatre indsustry and was co-director of the Melbourne based theatre company Polemic Productions Pty Ltd.

    James completed his PhD at Sydney University in 2010. His research focused on the intersection of theatre, religion and sexuality, evaluating the way in which performance can assist in dismantling socio-political prejudice.

    Phone : 4050 (Strathfield) Email : James.Marland@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Theatre ; Modernism ; Postmodernism ; Queer Theory ; Spirituality ; LGBTI Literature ;

  • Dr Carolyn Masel

    Carolyn Masel's central area of interest is poetry in English, especially contemporary and modern poetry, but she has also published on short fiction and novels that make use of poetic techniques. Other areas of expertise include nineteenth-, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature; twentieth-century and contemporary Australian literature; twentieth-century and contemporary Canadian literature.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3562 (Melbourne) Email : carolyn.masel@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    American Literature ; Australian Literature ; Modern Poetry ; Recent & Contemporary Poetry ; Canadian Literature in English ; Nineteenth-century Literature ; Twentieth-century Literature ; Writing about cities ;

  • Dr Benjamin Moffitt

    Benjamin Moffitt is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2019-2021) at the National School of Arts, ACU (Melbourne). His research is located at the intersection of comparative politics, contemporary political theory and political communications, and focuses on contemporary populism across the globe.

    Benjamin joined ACU in 2018. Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Uppsala University and Stockholm University, Sweden. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2014, and his BA (Hons) from the University of Wollongong. He has been a visiting researcher at the WZB (Berlin Social Science Centre) and University of Toronto, and is an associate of the Sydney Democracy Network and Uppsala University's Department of Government.

    Benjamin is the author of 'The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style and Representation' (Stanford University Press, 2016), and numerous articles and chapters on populism in Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe, as well as the theoretical and media-communicative dimensions of populism. These have appeared in journals including Political Studies and Government & Opposition, and in collections such as The Oxford Handbook of Populism. He has recently completed a book on populism and political theory for Polity's 'Key Concepts in Political Theory' series, and is working on a book with Mark Chou and Octavia Bryant on populism and meritocracy for Routledge's Studies in Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis series.

    Benjamin is currently working on two major projects. The first, funded by the Australian Research Council (2019-2021), is entitled 'The Visual Politics of Populism', and comparatively examines how populists use visual media and how visual media covers populists across the globe. It aims to develop a broader theoretical understanding of the linkages between populism, aesthetics and democracy.

    The second, funded by the MM Wallenberg Foundation (2019-2022), is entitled 'Democratic Self-Defense: The Social Model', and is a collaboration with former colleagues at Uppsala University, Sofia N??sstr??m, Paula Blomqvist and Anthoula Malkopoulou. This project examines how democracy can be defended in times of political discontent and democratic instability, with a particular focus on the role of social integration and welfare as opposed to militant or liberal approaches.

    Benjamin is also a frequent commentator in the Australian and international press, and his work has appeared in outlets such as The Economist, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Bloomberg News, The Conversation, the ABC, and the BBC World Service. In 2018, Benjamin was named one of ABC's inaugural Top 5 researchers in Humanities and the Social Sciences in Australia.

    Phone : +61392308597 (Melbourne) Email : Benjamin.Moffitt@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    populism ; Democratic Theory ; comparative politics ; political communication ; political representation ;

  • Dr Benjamin Mountford

    My research focuses on global history, British and British imperial history, and Australian history. Most recently I have been working on the global history of gold rushes.

    My first book "Britain, China, & Colonial Australia" was published by Oxford University Press in 2016, and was later awarded the 2017 Prue Torney Fellows Award. I am the co-editor of two other books, "A Global History of Gold Rushes" (University of California Press, 2018) and "Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World" (Peter Lang, 2017).

    Before coming to ACU I held research fellowships at La Trobe University and the Huntington Library in California and lectureships at Federation University and the University of Buckingham. From 2008-15 I was at Oxford, where I was a Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholar, a Beit Scholar in Commonwealth and Imperial History, a Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Global History, and the first Michael Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History.

    Phone : 8731 (Melbourne) Email : benjamin.mountford@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Australian History and Politics ; British History and Politics ; Global History ; Imperial History ; Public History ;

  • Dr Nell Musgrove

    Dr Nell Musgrove is an Australian historian with a particular interest in the field of child welfare history. Her research is particularly concerned with the human experiences of people whose lives have been shaped by their interactions with welfare systems, and with methodological questions about how historians can hear voices from the past, especially those whose perspectives are often obscured in the historical record. Her two major monographs - The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia (2018) and The Scars Remain (2013) - examine child welfare policy and practice over the course of more than a century to highlight the ways in which successive generations have been harmed by systems which claimed to protect them, and the extent to which historical failures have been recognised and addressed.

    Dr Musgrove is a distinguished archival historian who has worked extensively with Australian colonial records. Her work is also characterised by collaborative research including the collection of oral histories, co-research with care-leavers and others directly impacted by the history under examination, and interdisciplinary work.

    Dr Musgrove has experience supervising research students across a range of topics related to Australian history, child welfare history, gender history and Indigenous methodologies at Honours and postgraduate levels, and is an ACU accredited Higher Degree Research Supervisor.

    Phone : 03 9953 3208 (Melbourne) Email : Nell.Musgrove@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Welfare History ; Australian Social History ; Women's History ; Child and Family Welfare History ; Historiography and Ethical Historical Practice ; Australian Indigenous History ; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History ; Indigenous History and Methodologies ; History of Childhood ;

  • Dr Marguerite Nolan

    My research critically analyses representations of race and ethnicity in Australian cultural and literary production. Specifically, I focus on questions arising from literary hoaxes in the Australian context, including the nature of identity, authenticity and cultural authority.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7182 (Brisbane) Email : Marguerite.Nolan@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Race ; Ethnicity ; Reconciliation in Australian ; Australian Literature ; Literary Hoaxes ; Cultural history ; Popular Culture ; Identity ; Authenticity ; Cultural Authority ; Multculturalism ;

  • Dr Xiaoying Qi

    Dr Xiaoying Qi (Email: Xiaoying.Qi@acu.edu.au) completed a PhD in 2011 at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney (Now Western Sydney University). Her thesis won the 2013 Jean Martin Award of The Australian Sociological Association, given biennially to 'the best PhD thesis in social science disciplines from an Australian tertiary institution'. Her book Globalized Knowledge Flows and Chinese Social Theory (London & New York: Routledge, 2014) was awarded The Raewyn Connell Prize Special Commendation of The Australian Sociological Association ['in recognition of excellence of a first book by an author in Australian Sociology 2014-2015']. Dr Qi has published articles in leading internationally refereed journals including American Journal of Cultural Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, International Sociology, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Journal of Sociology, and Sociology. Innovation in research is evidenced by Dr Qi's development of analytical concepts, including 'intellectual entrepreneurs' and 'veiled patriarchy'. Professor Gurminder Bhambra interviewed Dr Qi, in recognition of her scholarly innovation regarding a publication ('Social Movements in China', Sociology [2017] 51(1), at http://soc.sagepub.com/site/Podcast/Podcast.xhtml Dr Qi has extensive teaching experience and was a recipient of The National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2012. Dr Qi is an experienced supervisor, having supported to completion numerous Honours, Masters and PhD theses.

    Phone : +61392308595 (Melbourne) Email : xiaoying.qi@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cultural Sociology ; Family and Family Change ; Social Captical and Social Networks ; Globalisation ; Social movements ;

  • Dr Noah Riseman

    My research focuses on the social history of marginalised groups in twentieth and twenty-first century Australia. In particular I have researched Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service and the relationships between military service, citizenship, Indigenous rights and national identity. I am currently conducting two projects: one on the history of LGBTI military service in Australia, and one on the history of transgender identities in Australia since the early twentieth century. While most of my research focuses on Australia, I also have experience in comparative Indigenous history, particularly in relation to the United States and Papua New Guinea. I am available to supervise topics related to LGBTI, comparative and Indigenous history, particularly topics in the twentieth century.

    I do not update this RexR profile often; please visit my staff profile on https://webapps.acu.edu.au/staffdirectory/index.php?noah-riseman=&d=1.

    Phone : 03 9953 3226 (Melbourne) Email : Noah.Riseman@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History ; comparative history ; colonialism ; Australian History ; LGBTI history ; Native American history ; transgender studies ;

  • Dr Michael Thompson

    Michael G. Thompson is a historian of Christianity with a focus on Christianity's intersections with American intellectual life and US foreign relations. His research on American theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, and on missionary internationalist Sherwood Eddy, has appeared in journals such as American Quarterly and Modern Intellectual History. The article on Sherwood Eddy was awarded the Society for US Intellectual History's 2016 Dorothy Ross Award, given for the best article published in an academic journal by an emerging scholar. Michael's first book, For God and Globe: Christian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War was published by Cornell University Press in late 2015, and was made the subject of a special review forum in the journal, Politics, Religion, and Ideology. For God and Globe explores the way the decades between the 1920s and 1940s functioned as a virtual laboratory for innovative Protestant thinking on the nature and ethics of international relations. Michael received his BA Hons (Class I) and PhD from the University of Sydney and has previously taught at the University of Sydney, Monash University, the University of NSW, and Brisbane School of Theology. He has been awarded two Dean's commendations for excellence in teaching.

    Phone : 7191 (Brisbane) Email : michael.thompson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Modern history of Christianity ; Intellectual history ; US history ; Internationalisms, nationalisms ;

  • Dr Ellen Warne

    I am an accredited supervisor for Honours, MPhil and PhD students. I have supervised postgraduate students working on Forgotten Australians; Domestic and Family Violence Crisis centres; midwifery in the era of professionalisation and Catholic women's organisations. I have supervised honours students on: the Armenian diaspora in Australia; immigation stories of Anglo Indian migrants; Immigration experiences of South Africans coming to Melbourne; and Polish immigration and community in the western suburbs of Melbourne and currently, on the social and cultural impact of African-American visitors to Australia before the 1950s.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3822 (Melbourne) Email : Ellen.Warne@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Women's History ; Christian Women's Organisations ; Women & Social Policy ; Working Mothers-- History ; Transnationalism--War, Cold War ;

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  • Professor Jim Bright

    Career Development and Leadership. Chaos Theory of Careers. Change, chance, complexity and uncertainty in careers and organisations. Leading in and with complexity.

    Phone : (02) 9701 4257 (Strathfield) Email : Jim.Bright@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Career ; Career Development ; Chaos Theory of Careers ; Change, Chance, Complexity, Uncertainty in Careers ; Uncertainty ; Chance ; Complexity ; Uncertainty in Careers ; Change ; Leadership ; Educational Leadership ;

  • Prof Bruce Burnett

    Professor Bruce Burnett's teaching and research extend across the area of sociology of education with a particular interest in critical social justice issues within teacher education and the high poverty schooling sector. Bruce was a co-founder of the National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools (NETDS) program which expanded across 7 Australian universities. His research experience includes lead roles on an ARC Linkage grant and European Commission Horizon 2020 grant targeting equity and access in low SES school settings. In addition, Bruce has led an Australian Council of Deans of Education/More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative research project and is regularly invited to collaborate nationally and internationally on research associated with teacher education within high poverty contexts. Recent publications include a co-edited Springer publication 'Teacher Education for High Poverty Schools' and an NETDS Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Teacher Education. Bruce is currently a Senior Editor for the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Education Complement: 'ORE: Encyclopaedia of Global Perspectives on Teacher Education'.

    Phone : 07 3861 6285 (Brisbane) Email : Bruce.Burnett@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Disadvantage ; Poverty ; Initial Teacher Education ; Social Justice ; quality teaching ;

  • Professor Romina Jamieson-Proctor

    My current position is Professor and Queensland Head of Education at the Banyo (Brisbane) campus of the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

    My teaching and research are broadly in the areas of mathematics education and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) for learning and teaching. My particular research interests involve, but are are not confined to:

    * Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) curriculum integration, enhancement and transformation
    * Transforming learning and teaching with ICT
    * Development of statistically valid and reliable measurement instruments (quantitative methods)
    * Evaluation of educational programs and initiatives, especially those involving ICT
    * Mathematics Education
    * Intelligence, Higher Order Thinking, Problem Solving and Creativity

    Phone : +61736237267 (Brisbane) Email : Romina.Jamieson-Proctor@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    ICT and digital technologies for learning ; ICT and teacher practice ; Creativity and Learning ; Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Skills ; 21st Century Learning Environments ; Mathematics Education ;

  • Prof John Munro

    My teaching and research interests are in gifted learning and talent development, creativity, literacy and math learning and learning difficulties, instructional leadership, school improvement and learning internationally.

    Phone : 8309 (Melbourne) Email : John.Munro@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    gifted learning and talent development ; literacy and numeracy teaching ; iteracy and math learning difficulties ; instructional leadership ;

  • Associate Professor Janeen Lamb

    Janeen Lamb is Coordinator, Higher Degree Research in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

    Janeen completed her PhD in 2010, focusing on the role leadership plays when introducing new curriculum in mathematics education. Thesis title: Implementing mandated curriculum reform: Sources of support for teacher meaning making.

    Her research has grown from a focus on the school principal to include the professional learning community as a way to lead educational change. Within mathematics education, her research has included:
    - mathematical modelling across primary and secondary mathematics,
    - mental computation in the early years;
    - numeracy across the curriculum;
    - statistics and probability in the secondary school; and
    - the principal as instructional leader while integrating digital resources into the mathematics curriculum.

    Janeen also researches the role of the principal as faith leader. Her research has generated more than 60 outputs across her funded projects.

    In addition to her own research, Janeen has supervised six higher degree research students to completion as principal supervisor. She is currently supervising seven higher degree research students.

    Beyond her coordination of higher degree research, her own research and supervision, Janeen completed a Master of Tertiary Education (Management ) in 2017 at the University of Melbourne.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7318 (Brisbane) Email : janeen.lamb@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Educational Leadership ; Mathematics Education ;

  • Associate Professor Kenneth Smith

    Invitational Education, positive psychology, teacher effectiveness, academic achievement, self-concept, self-efficacy, career counselling skills, research design, structural equation modelling, and measurement and evaluation.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3257 (Melbourne) Email : Ken.Smith@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Self-Efficacy ; Invitational Education ; Teacher Effectiveness ; Academic Achievement ; Self-Concept ; Career ; Structural Equation Modelling ; Measurement and Evaluation ; Counselling ; Education ; Teacher ; Career Counselling Skills ; Research Design ;

  • Associate Professor Gloria Stillman

    My expertise is in mathematics education and in particular researching metacognition and the teaching, learning and assessing of real world applications and mathematical modelling.

    Phone : (03) 5336 5329 (Ballarat) Email : Gloria.Stillman@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Mathematics ; Mathematics Education ; Real-World ; Application ; Mathematical Modelling ; metacognition ; Teacher practice ;

  • Associate Professor Joseph Zajda

    Associate Professor Joseph Zajda is a world-renowned scholar in the area of globalisation and education policy reforms. He has published over 43 books (monographs and edited books) and hundreds of book chapters and articles in refereed journals internationally. He has made an outstanding contribution to research in education globally, with emphasis on globalisation, education reforms, human rights, social justice, gender and equity and the enhancement of quality in teacher education.

    His published research includes works in 498 publications in 4 languages and 10,234 library holdings, adding immense research expertise to his work globally in teacher education and pedagogy. He has provided outstanding service to teacher education through his research globally, graduate teaching, doctoral supervision, and his editorial work.

    His Second International Handbook of Globalisation, Education and Policy Research (Dordrecht: Springer. http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789401794923) has 126,899-chapter downloads so far.
    As a result, he has received a new book contract from Springer to edit International Handbook of Globalisation, Education and Policy Research (2020).
    He has established a series of leading academic journals. These included Educational Practice & Theory, Education & Society, Curriculum & Teaching, World Studies in Education, and Learning & Teaching, an international journal in classroom pedagogy. It enabled scholars in the field of education, curriculum and policy reforms to share their research with an international audience. A hallmark of his contribution to teacher education and research is his ongoing support to young researchers.
    He was the chair of the Publication Committee of the World Council of Comparative and Education Societies, and chaired numerous panels and presented papers at the Comparative and International Education Society. He is consulting editor of the UNESCO's 'International Review of Education Journal'.

    He received the 2012 Peter Sheehan Excellence in Research Award. The award recognises the high quality of research activities, and particularly celebrates sustained research that has had a substantive impact nationally and internationally (Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University).

    He received Australian Awards for University Teaching in July 2011 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, for an innovative, influential and sustained contribution to teacher education through scholarship and publication and for an innovative approach in teacher education, where he uses global pedagogy and teacher as a researcher model.

    He is Secretary of the Australian Council on Human Rights Education (elected in November 2018).
    Elected as Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (June 2013). FACE
    He is currently working on the 24-volume Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research series (Springer, 2015-2020). He has completed editing volumes 14-19 in the Globalisation series.
    Areas of research
    Globalisation and comparative education research, globalisation and education policy, decentralisation and privatisation in education, education reforms in the Russian Federation, lifelong learning, active citizenship education, curriculum reforms, values education, constructivist pedagogy, and school history textbooks.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3268 (Melbourne) Email : Joseph.Zajda@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Cross-cultural perspectives ; Cultural identities and values education ; Globalization and education reforms ; School history textbooks/nation-building ; Teachers' work in schools ; Lifelong Learning ; Russian history textbook research ; English literature education ; Constructivist pedagogy ; Curriculum policy and design ; Higher education policy research ; Values Education ; Active Citizenship Education ; History Education and Curriculum ; Intelligence ; Motivation and engagement ;

  • Dr Danielle Armour

    Danielle is a lecturer at the Melbourne campus. She is a Kamilaroi woman and her cultural links are through her paternal Grandmother. Her research area is in the field of Aboriginal education, in particular Aboriginal knowledges, Aboriginal identity in Western education systems, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and education officers, primary mathematics and education policy. Her research is underpinned by Indigenous research methodologies and methods.

    Danielle has been involved in longitudinal and intervention research projects in early years and primary school mathematics.

    Phone : (07) 3623 3654 (Melbourne) Email : danielle.armour@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Aboriginal education, ; Aboriginal ontologies/ways of knowing ; Aboriginal identity ;

  • Dr Jill Brown

    My expertise is in mathematics education. My teaching includes mathematics education for Early Childhood, Primary, and Secondary pre-service and in-service teacher education. I have a particular interest researching the teaching, learning and assessing of real world applications and mathematical modelling, functions in technology-rich environments, affordances, zone theory, and anything that furthers our understanding of teaching and leaning mathematics

    You can find out about my publications via http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=OCZIwoQAAAAJ&hl=en

    Phone : 3847 (Melbourne) Email : Jill.Brown@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Mathematics ; Mathematics Education ; Real-World ; Mathematical Modelling ; Functions ; Mathematical Thinking, Reasoning and Proof ; Technology-Rich Teaching and Learning Environments ; Applications and investigations ; Teacher Education ; Authentic Learning ;

  • Dr Melissa Cain

    Melissa is a lecturer in the School of Education in Brisbane, teaching units on Inclusive Education and Arts education. She has been a school teacher and HOD for 22 years in Australia, and in Asia through the International School system. Melissa's PhD centred on the challenges teachers face when implementing culturally diverse Arts education examining a range of case studies in Australia and Singapore, and her research covers Inclusive Education, Creative Pedagogies, and Assessment and Curriculum. Melissa's current projects examine the voices of students with vision impairment at mainstream schools, and why teachers choose to stay in the classroom. She has managed four large-scale national Learning and Teaching projects and has produced an international MOOC - 'Deep Learning for Transformative Pedagogies' through EdX and Microsoft. Melissa has received several higher education teaching awards and is the recipient of the Callaway Doctoral Award.

    Phone : +61736237221 (Brisbane) Email : melissa.cain@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Inclusive Education ; Culturally diverse Arts education ; Assessment ; Creative Pedagogies ;

  • Dr Paul Chandler

    Paul Chandler has over 20 years' experience as a classroom teacher in government and independent secondary schools, where his specialisations are ICT, Science and the professional development of teachers. Paul's PhD study was a case study of "self-taught computer-using teachers", which considered the relationship between different forms of teachers' knowledge and pedagogy.

    Since 2009, Paul has worked alongside Prof Len Unsworth investigating the pedagogy of multimodal literacies, which is now his major research focus. He is co-ordinator of the GradDipEd/MTeach (secondary) course on the Melbourne campus, and has an interest in exploring the ICT-related knowledge of pre-service teachers and it's impact on their emerging classroom practices. Paul has expertise in both case study and qualitative methods.

    Phone : 3271 (Melbourne) Email : paul.chandler@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Multimodal Literacy ; Pedagogy ; ICT; Learning technologies ; Science Education ;

  • Dr Renata Cinelli

    Renata is a Health and Physical Education Lecturer at the Melbourne Campus. Her research interests and experience relate to school health and physical education, body image, wellbeing and Indigenous health and education, and international cross-cultural teaching experiences. Renata has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research.

    Phone : 3047 (Melbourne) Email : renata.cinelli@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Health ; Teacher Professional Learning ; Physical Education ; Cross-cultural competency ; Indigenous education ;

  • Dr Poulomee Datta

    Dr. Poulomee Datta is working as a Lecturer (Level B) in Special and Inclusive Education at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. Prior to this, she worked in diverse positions - Mainstream Teacher, Special Education Teacher, University Lecturer and a Research Assistant. Her record of scholarly achievement at the University is evident from the number of research projects she worked in (five of these are complete), the research grants (five in number) that she was successful in winning through (as part of a team) and her journal publications in the field of special education, teacher education and educational psychology. She has worked in research projects designed to improve the educational outcomes for students with special educational needs and disabilities. She was the recipient of two research awards, 'Outstanding Student Publication Award' in 2011 at the School of Education, University of Adelaide and 'Research Capacity Building Award' in 2015 at the Australian Catholic University, for her active contribution to research in the discipline. In 2016, Poulomee was awarded as one of the best ECRs nationally in the Faculty of Education and Arts (ACU) with strong research potential (25k DVCR Award).

    Phone : 7426 (Brisbane) Email : Poulomee.Datta@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Special and Inclusive Education ; Students with Disabilities ; Test Anxiety ; Self-concept, health and wellbeing ;

  • Dr Amanda Gutierrez

    Dr Amanda Gutierrez is a Senior Lecturer in English/literacy and Teacher Professional Practice. She is the National Professional Experience Postgraduate Coordinator, Campus based Professional Experience Advisor and works across multiple local and international partnership projects. She comes from a secondary English teaching background and has taught and held school leadership positions in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. She completed her MEd titled "'Empowering' Indigenous students in a critical literacy classroom" while teaching in Northwest WA.

    In 2014 she completed her PhD 'Critical literacy in Australia: affordances, tensions and hybridizations'. This focused on the ways critical literacy is constructed in academic texts, curriculum documents in Victoria and Queensland and in teacher discourse/practice in these two states.

    Amanda has worked and published in the area of critical literacy and digital games as well as completed a systematic review on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literacy programs.

    She also researches in the area of professional experience and partnerships, in particular models of partnerships and professional becoming within these settings. She has led research projects investigating pre-service teacher professional becoming in partnership models.

    Dr Gutierrez also coordinates an international partnership project between ACU and the Monastic Education Development Group in Myanmar.

    Phone : 3616 (Melbourne) Email : Amanda.Gutierrez@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    School-University partnerships in ITE ; Professional becoming ; critical literacy/pedagogy ; English Curriculum ;

  • Dr Sally Louise Humphrey

    I joined ACU in 2010 after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Sydney, under the supervision of Professor James Martin. This research project focussed on the development of online resources within an embedded academic literacy support program at Hong Kong City University. Prior to this I completed a PhD, exploring the persuasive strategies of adolescent social activists beyond schooling. I have also worked and researched extensively in secondary and primary school literacy practices, focussing on the linguistic resources needed for access to high stakes knowledge in the disciplines. I have co-written a number of textbooks for pre and in-service teachers to support them in developing the knowledge of language for literacy and learning.

    Phone : 4469 (Strathfield) Email : Sally.Humphrey@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Language Education ;

  • Dr Mellita Jones

    Mellita's research is focused on effective pedagogies for teaching, learning and assessment, particularly in the areas of teacher education, and science education for a more just and equitable world. Mellita's research is predominantly qualitative with some work in mixed methods as well. She is particularly concerned with the use of critical reflective practice, and this informs her work with practising and preservice teachers in these areas.

    Phone : (03) 5336 5372 (Ballarat) Email : mellita.jones@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Pedagogies for Effective Teaching ; Reflective Practice ; Science Teacher Education ; Teacher Education in Rural and Regional Contexts ; University-School Partnerships ; Teachers' Professional Learning ; Teacher practice ; Teacher Efficacy ; Curriculum design ;

  • Dr Jennifer Martin

    Dr Jenny Martin is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and education researcher. She is well known for her application of positioning theory and grammatical coding to the analysis of discourse in educational interactions. Her contributions include grammar of agency, a methodological tool in cultural/discursive psychology. Jenny's research program originating with grammar of agency includes critical approaches in science education and teacher education, and promoting student and teacher agency for the wellbeing of individuals and the planet. She is currently full time research fellow on the Learning-rich Leadership in Early Childhood Education Project concerned with transformation of practice and educational leadership in early childhood contexts. Her expertise includes applications of positioning theory and cultural historical activity theory to education research, participatory ethnography, discourse analysis, cultural/discursive psychology and includes video-based research design.

    Early in her career in education, Jenny taught science in primary and secondary schools and mathematics in secondary schools. She subsequently worked as a teacher educator firstly at The University of Melbourne and then at ACU. Jenny began at ACU in 2012 and has a continuing position as Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Arts.


    Phone : 3286 (Melbourne) Email : jenny.martin@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Pedagogy, Curriculum and Assessment ; Science Education ; Education for Sustainability ; Agency and Identity ; Classroom Interaction ;

  • Dr Karen Joy McLean

    Dr Karen McLean (PhD; MEd, BEd; DipTeach) is a Lecturer in Education at Australian Catholic University. Karen's research interests are focused on literacy and technology in the early years of education, including pedagogical approaches, play based learning and digital technologies. Her PhD research explored the symbiotic relationship between literacy and technology in the early years of education. Karen's current research involves examining the role of supported playgroups in schools. Her work in this area explores how school-based playgroups can support the development of community connections for children and families and provide increased opportunities for relevant play-based learning experiences. Other research includes the investigation of stakeholder perspectives on belonging,home learning and children's play through participation in supported playgroups and the exploration of pedagogical approaches to science and literacy in kindergarten.

    Phone : 5420 (Ballarat) Email : karen.mclean@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Early years literacy, ; Technologies in the early years ; Reflective Practice ; Early Learning - pedagogies ;

  • Dr Amy Kathleen McPherson

    The abiding concern of my research is to identify and understand philosophical dimensions in the cultural logics of education. Drawing on ideas from philosophical feminism, I tend to work at the intersection of epistemology, ethics and the politics of education. I am concerned with the relationship between education and society, the situated nature of educational issues through attention to social and cultural contexts, the powerful patterns that underlie our thinking about education and the generation of imaginative conceptions of philosophy of education. Recent research projects include: a study of the relationship between spatiality, embodiment, technology and classrooms; equity and widening participation in education, politics of wellbeing and ability in schooling and education for sustainability.

    Phone : 4158 (Strathfield) Email : Amy.McPherson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Educational philosphy and theory ; Sociology of education ; Education as a public policy issue ; Social and cultural contexts of education ; Culture, diversity and social justice ;

  • Dr Thu Ngo

    Phone : 4461 (Strathfield) Email : Thu.Ngo@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Educational semiotics ; Differentiated Literacy Education ; Mulltimodal literacy ; TESOL ;

  • Dr Tonya Rooney

    My research focuses on young children's experience in contemporary society, with a particular emphasis on re-conceptualising children's relations in and with space, time and more-than-human worlds. My work is cross-disciplinary and situated at the intersection of early years education, philosophy, critical geographies and childhood studies.

    Specific research expertise includes: environmental education; children and new technologies; conceptualising childhood space/times; and policy, regulation and risk in education settings.

    I am a member of the Common Worlds Research Collective - http://commonworlds.net/ - an interdisciplinary network of researchers concerned with children's relations with the more-than-human world.

    Phone : 1334 (Canberra) Email : tonya.rooney@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Early Childhood ; Philosophies of Childhood ; Environmental Education ; Childrens geographies ; Ethics and new technologies in childhood ;

  • Dr Jonathon Sargeant

    Dr Jonathon Sargeant is Senior Lecturer and researcher in Children's Rights Education, Inclusive Education and Classroom Management at the Australian Catholic University. Dr Sargeant's current research focuses on the child's perspective on their lives, educational experience, and future. He is particularly interested in supporting educational provision that incorporates young people's perspectives through ethical practices informed by the UNCRC. Other research interests include school-age children's wellbeing & safeguarding, behavioural enhancement, and social skills development.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3291 (St Patrick's Campus Melbourne) Email : Jonathon.Sargeant@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Child Rights ; Voice-Inclusive Practice ; Behaviour & Classroom Management ; Consulting with children ; Student voice ;

  • Dr Dung Tran

    Dr Dung Tran is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts & Education at Australian Catholic University.

    Prior to joining ACU, he worked at North Carolina State University, USA for more than two years developing and researching Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds). He also worked as Victoria University, Melbourne for two years as a lecturer. He is a native of Hue city, Vietnam, graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA with a PhD in Mathematics Education and a PhD Minor in Statistics. He also earned a Master of Education in Mathematics Education and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in Vietnam.

    His research focuses on designing and implementing curricular materials to improve students' quantitative literacy, abilities to use mathematics and statistics to be functional and critical in the home, civic, and work life. This agenda is evident in two related foci: (a) investigating the impact of inclusion of mathematical modelling and applications into curriculum on teaching and learning and (b) documenting ways to develop statistical literacy for students and teachers. He has extensive experience in curriculum analysis and development at the middle and high school levels, conducting sizeable clinical interviews with elementary children, and analysing a diversity of both quantitative and qualitative data.

    Phone : 0392308176 (Melbourne) Email : dung.tran@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Mathematics Education ; Statistics education ; Mathematical Modelling ; Curriculum ; Numeracy ;

  • Dr Ingrid Willenberg

    As a Fulbright scholar I completed my doctorate in the Human Development and Psychology program with a concentration in Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with Professor Catherine Snow, world-renowned expert in child language. My dissertation research, funded by a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, involved an in-depth mixed methods study of 100 South African children in kindergarten, exploring their language and emergent literacy skills as well as their home and school literacy environments. My research background is in social science and my experience falls under the umbrella of child development and well-being, with particular expertise in language and literacy development. My research experience includes studies on children's perspectives on their wellbeing, children's knowledge about and attitudes towards children's rights, and development of children's narrative abilities. My research is underpinned by a strong academic background in developmental psychology, linguistics, language and literacy, and speech-language pathology.

    Phone : 4575 (Strathfield) Email : ingrid.willenberg@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Language skills underpinning literacy development ; Emergent Literacy ; Language & literacy socialisation ; Bilingualism ; Adult-child book reading ;

  • Dr Kimberley Wilson

    is interested in exploring the role of science education in engaging diverse youth in learning. Responsive and expansive approaches to science education such as Place-Based education approaches are of particular interest, as are considerations of creative and innovative ways of enabling science access for diverse students and communities. Methodological expertise includes qualitative research and analysis, with a focus on case study and participatory action research forms of inquiry.

    Phone : 6235 (Brisbane) Email : kimberley.wilson@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Science Education; Flexible Learning; Engagement ;

  • Prof. Huann Lin

    Professor Lin initially obtained his qualifications as a secondary school teacher in Taiwan. After 12 marvellous years of teaching, he was supported by the Ministry of Education to study abroad and successfully earned a PhD degree in science education at the University of Minnesota in the USA. He served as associate professor, full professor, chair of the department of chemistry, dean of the college of science, and twice received the distinguished research award from the National Science Council (currently the Ministry of Science and Technology). His excellence in administration and productivity in research enabled him to become the president of the National Hualien University of Education in Taiwan. During his presidency, Professor Lin???s research productivity took a slower pace given the heavy administrative workload. Eventually, he decided to return as a researcher at the National Sun Yat-sen University and earned his third distinguished research award.

    Most of Professor Lin???s research grants and publications are related to scientific literacy. In the early stage of his research career, Professor Lin focused on the development of unique teaching supplementary materials (e.g., pictorial analogies, integrating history of science in teaching) and investigating the efficacy of promoting students??? conceptual understanding and their understanding about the nature of science. Professor Lin???s first decade of research performance and leadership were recognized by the domestic science education community and he was recruited to join the executive committee of enacting the country???s first Science Education White Paper which was initiated by the Ministry of Education and the National Science Council.

    The second decade and the following five years of Professor Lin???s research was enriched by working as the national project manager of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2006 and PISA 2015, the projects developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), coordinator for the international collaborative research project, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (IJSME). The rich data and evidences derived from the PISA large-scale assessment and research on creative teaching strategies published by Professor Lin have been used as critical references and made significant impact on educational policies. For example, it was under the strong recommendation of Professor Lin that history of science and scientific inquiry components were subsequently included in the national curriculum guidelines. In addition, the contextualized and scientific competency-based items (advocated by Professor Lin in Ministry of Education???s advisory committee meetings) have been found in national college and high school entrance examinations.

    Professor Lin has been serving as editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education for six years.

    Phone : 38616271 (Brisbane) Email : huann.lin@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    science education; inquiry; scientific literacy; ; Creativity and Learning ;