Faculty of Education and Arts

Research Supervisors

  • Faculty of Education & Arts

  • Professor Elizabeth Labone

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Professor Jack Barbalet

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    Areas of expertise: economic sociology; political sociology; sociology of emotions; sociological theory; sociology of China

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4212-7929

    Email: jack.barbalet@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    My research is focussed on a number of key themes, including social solidarity, social interaction, and institutionalization. These themes are explored across a number of sub-fields of sociology, especially in political sociology, economic sociology, the sociology of emotions and the sociology of modern China.

    The approach taken in my research is conceptual refinement and theory development directed to understanding social change and societal transition.

    My undergraduate degree is from Flinders University and my PhD from Adelaide University. My first academic appointment was at the University of Papua New Guinea and the longest held at the Australian National University. Since then, I have had appointments at the University of Leicester as well as Hong Kong Baptist University, before coming to the ACU.

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  • Professor Susan Broomhall

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    Gender and Women's History Research Centre

    Areas of expertise: women and gender; emotions; science, technologies, and knowledge practices; material culture; cultural contact and global encounters; heritage of the early modern world

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6018-5743

    Email: susan.broomhall@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Susan Broomhall leads the Gender and Women's History Research Centre in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the author of numerous books, including Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century France (Ashgate/Routledge, 2002); Women's Medical Work in Early Modern France (Manchester UP, 2004); Women and Religion in Sixteenth-Century France (Palgrave, 2006); with Jenny Spinks, Interpreting Early Modern Women in the Low Countries: Feminizing Sources and Interpretations of the Past (Ashgate, 2011); with David Barrie, Police Courts in Nineteenth-Century Scotland, Volume 1: Magistrates, Media and the Masses; Volume 2: Boundaries, Behaviours and Bodies (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014) (winner of the Frank Watson Prize for the Best Book in Scottish History) and, with Jacqueline Van Gent, Gender, Power and Identity in the and the Early Modern House of Orange-Nassau (Routledge, 2016) and Dynastic Colonialism: Gender, Materiality and the Early Modern House of Orange-Nassau (Routledge, 2016)


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  • Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick

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    Professor
    Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

    Areas of expertise: transnational history; social history; history of Russia/Soviet Union; migration history; life writing; Russian music

    Phone: +61 2  9351 2555

    Email: sheila.fitzpatrick@acu.edu.au

    Location:  ACU Melbourne Campus

    Sheila Fitzpatrick is a historian of modern Russia/the Soviet Union and migration who received her B.A. (Hons.) at the University of Melbourne and her D. Phil. at St. Antony?s College, Oxford. She was based in the US for many years, latterly as Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, before her return to Australia in 2012. Her recent books include Tear off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia (2005), A Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold-War Russia (2014); On Stalin?s Team: the Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics(co-winner of 2016 Prime Minister?s Award for Non-Fiction), and Mischka?s War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s (2017, short-listed for 2018 Prime Minister?s Literary Award for Non-Fiction). With Mark Edele and Atina Grossmann, she co-edited and co-authored Shelter From the Holocaust. Rethinking Jewish Survival in the Soviet Union (2017). A new book, White Russians, Red Peril: A Cold War History of Migration, will be published by Black, Inc., Melbourne, in March 2021. She is currently working on a monograph, Displacement: Repatriation and Resettlement of Russian and Soviet Displaced Persons after the Second World War, and a biography of Lenin?s wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, under contract to Princeton University Press.

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  • Professor Kate Fullagar

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    Areas of expertise: eighteenth-century world history, especially British Empire, North America, and the Pacific; Indigenous-Imperial relations; Visual Culture; Biography

    Email: kate.fullagar@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0178-7429

    Kate Fullagar is professor of history at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University. She is also honorary professor of history at Macquarie University and currently co-editor of the Australian Historical Association?s journal, History Australia. Kate specializes in the history of the eighteenth-century world, particularly the British Empire and the many indigenous societies it encountered. She is the author of The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist: Three Lives in an Age of Empire (New Haven, 2020) and The Savage Visit(Berkeley, 2012); the editor of The Atlantic World in the Antipodes: Effects and Transformations since the Eighteenth Century (Newcastle, 2012); and co-editor with Michael McDonnell of Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age(Baltimore, 2018). She is Lead Chief Investigator of an ARC Linkage project with the National Portrait Gallery called Facing New Worlds.

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  • Professor Paul Kenny

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    Areas of expertise: political economy; comparative politics; Asian politics

    Email: Paul.Kenny@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6960-7167

    Paul Kenny is Professor in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. He specializes in political economy and comparative politics. He received his PhD in political science from Yale University and has degrees in economics and political economy from Trinity College Dublin and the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the ACU, Professor Kenny worked at the Australian National University, where he was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political and Social Change.

    He is the author of two previous books, Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2017), which won the American Political Science Association?s 2018 Robert A. Dahl Award, and Populism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

    His research on populism, inequality, and other topics in comparative political economy has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly among other leading journals.

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  • Professor Iain McCalman

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    IHSS

    Areas of expertise: Modern British and European Cultural History From Eighteenth Century to Twentieth Centuries; Modern Central African History; Australian Environmental Humanities; Popular British Radicalism; Darwinism; British Romanticism; History and Philosophy of Science.

    Email: Iain.McCalman@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Professor Iain Duncan McCalman, AO, FRHistS, FASSA, FAHA, FRSN was born in Malawi, Africa, schooled in Zimbabwe, and earned his BA, MA and PhD in Melbourne and Canberra, Australia. He recently retired from a position as Research Professor of History and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney. He has held many Visiting Research Fellowships in Britain and the United States, including at All Souls and Oriel Colleges, Oxford, Princeton,New Jersey, and as a Mellon Visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.

    Iain is a Fellow and former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Fellow of three other Learned Academies in Australia and Britain, and is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. He was Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University, Canberra, from 1995 until 2002. He was made an Officer of Australia for Services to History and the Humanities in 2007. He has written and edited more than fourteen books and numerous articles on modern British, European and Australian cultural history and has also been a historical consultant and narrator for a several BBC, ABC and commercial TV and film documentaries.

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  • Professor Amanda Nettelbeck

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    Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

    Areas of expertise: Australian history; Indigenous history; British imperialism and comparative settler colonialism; colonial law and policing; colonial violence and its afterlives; humanitarian governance; historical memory and memorialization.

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7099-6075

    Email: amanda.nettelbeck@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Amanda Nettelbeck is a Professor in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University. Her research centres on the history and memory of colonial violence, Indigenous/settler relations, and the legal governance of Indigenous peoples. She is author, co-author or co-editor of numerous books, including most recently Indigenous Rights and Colonial Subjecthood (Cambridge 2019), Intimacies of Violence in the Settler Colony (co-edited with Penelope Edmonds, Palgrave 2018), Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World (co-edited with Philip Dwyer, Palgrave 2017), and Fragile Settlements (co-authored with Russell Smandych et al, UBC Press 2016). She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and an Executive Committee member of the Australian Historical Association, International Australian Studies Association, and Australian & New Zealand Law and History Society.

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  • Professor Michael Ondaatje

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    Deputy Director

    Areas of expertise: African-American History; History of American Conservatism

    Phone: +612 9739 2389

    Email: michael.ondaatje@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU North Sydney campus

    Michael Ondaatje is Deputy Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. His research is focused on American political and intellectual history, with a particular interest in the history of black conservatism in the United States. Awarded his PhD, with Distinction, by the University of Western Australia in 2008, Michael is an award-winning researcher and teacher and a regular commentator on US history and politics in the Australian and international media. He has been a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and was selected by the US Embassy in Australia for the International Visitor Leadership Program, the premier professional exchange program of the US government. Previously awarded the Max Crawford Medal for `outstanding scholarly achievement? by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Michael has recently commenced work on two new research projects. The first of these projects focuses on a subject that has received little attention in the literature on the civil rights movement ? conservative black opposition to the movement during the 1950s and 1960s. The second project brings Michael?s interest in race and conservatism into the Australian context and is a political biography of Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to sit in the federal parliament.

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  • Professor Bryan Turner

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    Areas of expertise: globalization and religion; religious conflict and the modern state; human rights and religion

    Phone: +612 9465 9056

    Email: byran.turner@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU North Sydney Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6378-7144

    Professor Turner is one of the world?s leading sociologists of religion. His research interests include globalisation and religion, religious conflict and the modern state, and human rights and religion and he has received several honorary degrees recognising his contributions to Sociology, most recently Doctor of Letters from the University of Cambridge. Professor Turner received the Max Planck Research Award at Potsdam University and is a Visiting Professor at the same University.

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  • Dr Tom Barnes

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    Senior Research Fellow

    Areas of expertise: economic sociology; social and political change; trade unions; social movements; political economy

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3768-7905

    Phone: +61 2 9739 2895

    Email: tom.barnes@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU North Sydney Campus

    Tom Barnes is an economic sociologist and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University (ACU), in Sydney. His research primarily focuses on insecure, precarious and informal work. He is currently researching global warehouse logistics and automotive manufacturing. His recent Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA project (2017-2019) focused on the demise of Australian automotive manufacturing and the impact on workers and communities in closure-affected regions in Victoria. He completed his PhD in political economy at the University of Sydney in 2011 and has expertise on work and economic development in India. He has written two books in this area: Informal Labour in Urban India: Three Cities, Three Journeys (Routledge, 2015) and Making Cars in the New India: Industry, Precarity and Informality (Cambridge University Press, 2018). His articles have appeared in several journals, including Journal of Sociology, Journal of Development Studies and Critical Sociology. His new project focuses on the intersection of surveillance technology, worker agency and rights in warehouse logistics.

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  • Dr Joy Damousi

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    Institute Director

    Areas of expertise: intellectual history; gender history; history of emotions; internationalism; refugees; humanitarianism; migration history; war and memory

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5366-253X

    Phone: +61 3 9953 3721

    Email: joy.damousi@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Joy Damousi is Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the author of numerous books, including The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia (Cambridge, 1999); Living with the Aftermath: Trauma, Nostalgia and Grief in Post-war Australia (Cambridge, 2001); Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia (UNSW Press, 2005; winner of the Ernest Scott Prize) and Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940 (Cambridge 2010). Her current research includes war, trauma and post-war Greek migration to Australia; sound and the two world wars; and child refugees and war.

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  • Dr Mary Tomsic

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    Areas of expertise: migration and refugee history; history and memory; public visual cultures; film; gender history; digital media; children and childhood; Australian history; children?s voices

    Email: mary.tomsic@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2451-9336

    Dr Mary Tomsic is a cultural historian and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Studies. She is the author of Beyond the Silver Screen: A History of Women, Filmmaking and Film Culture in Australia 1920-1990 (Melbourne University Press, 2017). Her scholarly research has published in edited collections, including, Gender & Violence in Australia: Historical Perspectives (Monash University Press, 2019), Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing, 2018) and Children?s Voices in the Past: New Historical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019); and in journals including History Australia, The History of the Family, Australian Journal of Politics and History and History Education Review.

    Her current research project is on visual representations of child refugees and examines how histories of forced migration are presented through visual records created for, by and about children. Mary?s research and scholarship are strongly connected to community-based activities through collaborating with community arts publisher, Kids? Own Publishing. Shared activities include researching books published by children, developing teaching materials to support the use of children?s stories to teach migration history, and working with young people with a refugee background to create digital stories. She has also worked on primary school-based history projects and collaboratively hosted Wikipedia edit-a-thons.

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  • Not Specified Peter Holbrook

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  • Professor Susan Edwards

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    Research Director, Early Childhood Futures

    Areas of expertise: digital practices in the early years; cyber-safety education; philosophy of technology; play and digital play pedagogies; playgroups and enhancing adult capabilities about play

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5945-0597

    Phone: +613 9953 3531

    Email: suzy.edwards@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    Professor Susan Edwards is Director of the Early Childhood Futures research program in the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University. Her group investigates the role of play-based learning in the early childhood curriculum for the 21st century. Professor Edwards has completed work as a Chief Investigator on three Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants: the first examining play-based learning in early childhood education settings; the second, the role of play-based learning in wellbeing and sustainability education; and, the third identifying the characteristics of `converged? play in early childhood. Most recently, Professor Edwards was successful in her application to lead a major ARC Linkage Project awarded to develop an online tool guiding the use of digital technology for service providers in early childhood.

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  • Professor Vincent Geiger

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    Research Director and Professor of Mathematics Education, STEM in Education: Design and Growth Across the Disciplines

    Areas of expertise: inclusive teaching practices that promote numeracy capability; how students learn to use mathematics when solving real world problems; the role of technology in learning/teaching; the principles of task design and implementation; initial teacher education and teacher professional learning; socio-cultural theories of learning

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0379-4753

    Phone: +617 3623 7188

    Email: vince.geiger@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus 

    Vince Geiger is a professor of mathematics education within the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE), Australian Catholic University. He is Director 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 research publications.

    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. He subsequently enrolled in a PhD at The University of Queensland, a qualification he completed in 2009. He progressed rapidly from the award of his PhD to the rank of full professor in 2016.

    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).

    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.

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  • Prof Michele Haynes

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    Professor of Data Analytics in Education
    Data Analytics in Education

    Areas of expertise: statistical methodology; longitudinal data analysis; administrative data analysis; data analytics for education research; survey methods

    Phone: 07 38616166

    Email: michele.haynes@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2718-3954

    Michele Haynes is professor of data analytics for education research at ILSTE. She is an accredited statistician (Statistical Society of Australia) with extensive experience as a statistical methodologist, statistical consultant and project leader in quantitative social research. Michele is also a Program Director with ACU?s new Research Centre Digital Data and Assessment in Education. Michele has expertise in the estimation of complex models for social applications using data from multiple sources including national panel surveys and government administrative data. Her research focus is on methodological innovation for longitudinal education research including analysis of academic performance and well-being trajectories for students through the school years and identifying the factors that trigger improvements and maintain performance. Michele is currently lead researcher on an Education Horizon project that uses administrative data to investigate factors that impact on long-term achievement and retention for students with autism spectrum disorder in Queensland government schools, and a co-investigator on an ARC Linkage grant for a project that studies the effectiveness of community-based STEM professional learning for teachers of middle years.

    Michele has influenced social statistics research through editorial roles including Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society) and Statistical Advisor for the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, as well as through the delivery of professional training in longitudinal data analysis to government personnel. She has considerable experience leading projects for government agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS), Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet and Queensland Department of Education.

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  • Prof Kathy Mills

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    Professorial Future Fellow, Australian Research Council
    Literacies and Digital Cultures

    Areas of expertise: multimodality and multiliteracies; sensory literacies; digital and media practices; writing and literacies pedagogies; socio-cultural, socio-spatial, and socio-material literacy research; critical theory; and big data, digital data, and online data

    ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1140-3545

    Phone: +617 3861 6234

    Email: kathy.mills@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

    Kathy A. Mills is Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures at the Institute for Learning Science and Teacher Education (LSTE), Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. Her leading research examines gaps in current knowledge and educational uses of digital media practices, drawing on theories of multimodality, multiliteracies, New Literacy Studies, sensory studies, embodiment, critical literacy, and critical theory. Mills has published over 100 academic works, including a number of award-winning books. She has published in high quality journals including Review of Educational Researchthe Journal of Second Language Writing, the Sociological Review, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Qualitative Research. Her sole-authored 2016 monograph, Literacy Theories for the Digital Age, won the Literacy Research Association's 2016 Edward Fry Book Award, USA. Her lead edited Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures won the 2017 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies, USA.

    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). Professor Mills has won five Australian Research Council grants (category 1), including three as a named Fellow, with total category one grant income to date of $2.47 million. She is a chief investigator of an ARC Discovery grant, Coding Animated Narratives as Contemporary Multimodal Authorship in Schools with Len Unsworth (ACU), and is an international PI researching critical digital literacies with colleagues as USN, Norway (NRC grant). Professor Mills serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Literacy Research (Arizona), and on the Review Board of the Reading Teacher (New Jersey), English Teaching Practice and Critique (New Zealand), and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 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.

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  • Professor Clarence Ng

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    Research Director
    Learning and Learners

    Areas of expertise: literacy engagement; learning; learner diversity; motivation; education reform and pedagogy 

    Phone: +617 3623 7826

    Email: clarence.ng@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2976-1762

    Associate Professor Clarence Ng is Research Director of ?Learning and Learners? research concentration at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE), Australian Catholic University.. His current research areas include literacy engagement, motivation and pedagogy. His research work has been supported by competitive grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Queensland Department of Education. Clarence currently leads an ARC Discovery project examining the promotion of higher-order literacy learning among disadvantaged students. His recent books, published by Springer, include `Empowering engagement: Creating learning opportunities for students from challenging backgrounds? (2018), `Improving reading and reading engagement in the 21st Century? (2017) and `Reforming learning and teaching in Asia-Pacific Universities? (2016).

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  • Professor Joce Nuttall

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    Research Director
    Teacher Education

    Areas of expertise: initial and continuing teacher education; teacher educators? work; leadership and inter-professional work in early childhood education; cultural-historical activity theory; qualitative research methodologies

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2571-7839

    Phone: +613 9953 3532

    Email: joce.nuttall@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    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 is a Fellow and President-Elect of the Australian Teacher Education Association and her current projects include an international study of teacher educators? work. 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.

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  • Professor Leonard Unsworth

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    Research Director
    Educational Semiotics in English and Literacy Pedagogy

    Areas of expertise: literacy education from pre-school to matriculation; children?s and adolescent?s literature and literacy development; e-literature for children and adolescents; information and communication technology and literacies; multiliteracies; language and literacy in curriculum areas; systemic functional linguistics in literary and literacy research and education; functional grammar in school curriculum; genre theory; semiosis of explanation in education

    Phone: +612 9739 2738

    Email: len.unsworth@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU North Sydney Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4723-8169

    Professor Len Unsworth is the Research Director of Educational Semiotics in English and Literacy Pedagogy at ILSTE. Len has been involved in educational research for over 30 years, including nine recent Australian Research Council funded projects. His key research interests include: literacy and learning in school curriculum areas; literature for children and adolescents; literacy development in the English curriculum K-12; and the pedagogic role of explicit knowledge about language and the meaning-making resources of images and image-language interaction in both paper and digital media texts, including animation and film. Prior to commencing at ACU in 2014, Len was Professor in Education at Griffith University, following earlier roles as Head of the School of Education at the University of New England and Head of the School of Development and Learning in the Faculty of Education at the University of Sydney.

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  • Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith

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    Claire Wyatt-Smith is the Director of the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education at the Australian Catholic University and Professor of Educational Assessment and Literacy.

    Her research addresses standards and the use of professional judgements to improve learning and the role of digital technologies in educational assessment and evaluation. She is currently leading a large scale study of reform in initial teacher education involving 14 Australian Higher Education Institutes as partners in the study spanning six states and territories. She is also undertaking major studies into the teaching of writing, large scale standardised testing and the impact of new technologies on classroom learning.

    Current work includes a review of NAPLAN involving Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Other work includes research on digital learning assessment, big data and learning analytics. Outcomes from this include the UNESCO paper on digital learning assessment, big data and learning analytics https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000370940.

    Her work has attracted funding from the Australian Research Council (Discovery and Linkage Schemes), and governments at national and state levels, as well as international educational agencies. This funding has supported her extensive publications in leading international journals and publishing houses. She is the Foundation Editor of two book series with Springer Publishing in the fields of educational assessment and teacher education: Teacher Education, Learning Innovation and Accountability (2018) and The Enabling Power of Assessment (2014). ORCID 0000-0003-1190-9909

    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 ;

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  • Associate Professor Laura Scholes

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    Associate Professor, ACU & Principal Research Fellow, Australian Research Council
    Educational Semiotics in English and Literacy Pedagogy

    Areas of expertise: boys, masculinity, and reading; girls, femininity, and reading; reading in the digital age; masculinities and schooling; reading and social disadvantage; reading in science classrooms; epistemic cognition and reading; development of children?s epistemic cognition; expertise in qualitative, quantitative and mixed research design methodologies; Survey design and analysis; interview research design and analysis; large scale longitudinal mixed method design; stimulated recall interview methods; scenario based interview methods; ethnography ? early childhood and primary school settings

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8849-2825

    Phone: +61 07 3861 6177

    Email: laura.scholes@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

    Laura Scholes is an Associate Professor researching gender and literacy at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, ACU, Brisbane. A/Professor Scholes is also a Principal Fellow of the Australian Research Council researching how to challenge masculinities associated with boys? failure in reading. She was awarded a prestigious 3-year Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) in 2017 (DE 170100990). As part of this program of research she is implementing mixed methods to identify the multiplicity of influences on boys' masculine reading identities and pedagogies to improve disadvantaged boys' reading outcomes.

    In addition to her DECRA research she also recently worked on a research project examining boys? and girls? experiences of reading in middle school science classrooms, student science epistemic beliefs for knowing in science, and the influence of teaching pedagogies on science literate identities. A/Professor Scholes has produced over 80 scholarly works including her sole-authored 2018 monograph by Routledge, Boys, masculinities and reading: Gender identity and literacy as social practice. She has published research in journals that include the Journal of Research in Research, Teaching and Teacher Education, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Critical Studies in Education, and Gender and Education.  

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  • Dr Lenore Adie

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    Senior Research Fellow
    Assessment, evaluation and student learning

    Areas of expertise: assessment; online moderation; standards; teacher judgement; initial teacher education

    ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3874-397X

    Phone: 07 3623 7333 

    Email: lenore.adie@acu.edu.au 

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus 

    Lenore Adie is Associate Professor in Teacher Education and Assessment and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, ACU. Her research focuses on two interconnected strands of investigation, the role of standards in assessment practices and teacher judgement-making, across a range of educational contexts. This includes a focus on moderation processes as these contribute to supporting teachers? pedagogical practices and student learning, the enactment of assessment policy, the associated accountabilities of assessment, and teachers? and students? assessment identities. Sociocultural theories of learning are utilised within her work to interpret this dynamic context.

    Current key research projects include investigations involving the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment; the ARC Linkage Project (LP180100046) Improving teacher assessment capability using scaled annotated exemplars of achievement standards in online moderation; and the nature, function and impact of learning progressions.

    Recently completed projects include Standards, Moderation and Benchmarking in Teaching Performance Assessment; the Queensland NAPLAN Review: School and System Perceptions Report and Literature Review; Evidence of learning: Changing the role of teachers and students to improve learning;and Evidentiary decision-making: The Nature and Function of Data Walls as Data Visualisation.

    Lenore has worked as a primary school teacher and in administration positions in state and private schools within Queensland, Australia.

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  • Dr Jill Fielding-Wells

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    Senior Research Fellow
    STEM in Education: Design and Growth Across the Disciplines 

    Areas of expertise:mathematics and numeracy education from early to middle years; development of mathematical reasoning and problem solving; student motivation and engagement in mathematics; pedagogical approaches that support mathematical reasoning and argumentation; statistical reasoning, thinking and literacy 

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1469-4504

    Phone: +6107 3861 6201

    Email: Jill.Wells@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus 

    Jill Fielding-Wells is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education with international recognition as a researcher in mathematics education.

    Jill commenced her career in adult training and development before discovering a passion for teaching, leading to study to qualify as a teacher. Her first-hand experience as a primary teacher provided insight into the extent with which children were disengaged with mathematics from the earliest years of their formal schooling. This realisation led to a desire to research teaching approaches in search of ways to spark students' enthusiasm and love of mathematics while, at the same time, developing deep conceptual understanding. Over subsequent years, Jill divided her time between classroom teaching and research until she completed a Doctor of Philosophy (entitled: Developing Argument-Based Inquiry in Primary Mathematics: The Role of Evidence and Context). In 2014, Jill commenced at the University of Tasmania as a Lecturer in Mathematics Education. Working in this role made her increasingly aware of many significant issues in mathematics teacher education that were yet to be addressed in research. Subsequently, Jill successfully applied for Research Fellowship at the University of Queensland before moving into her research role at the ILSTE.

    Jill's research program has already attracted significant external funding: most recently a competitive ARC Discovery Grant (2017-2019) into developing the classroom norms that are conducive to Inquiry-Based Learning. She publishes in highly esteemed journals but is also mindful of the importance of translating research into practice, for example through the co-published book series, Thinking through Mathematics: Engaging Students with Inquiry-Based Learning, which was developed to support teachers? promotion of Inquiry-Based Learning practices in school classrooms.

    Her research is driven by the belief that all children have both the right to enjoy mathematics and the capacity to learn mathematics with deep conceptual understanding.

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  • Nat Sch of Arts

  • Professor Jan Seruga

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Associate Professor Catherine Bell

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    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 ;

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  • Associate Professor Melissa Bellanta

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    ORCID NO: 0000-0003-0797-7618

    I am an associate professor in history with a special interest in social, cultural and gender history of Australia: particularly masculinities, fashion, emotion and popular entertainment between the late nineteenth- and mid-twentieth centuries.

    I was a lecturer at the University of Queensland (UQ) before joining ACU, 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) ;

  • Associate Professor Nick Carter

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    Nick Carter is Associate Professor in Modern History. Before joining ACU he was 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 difficult heritage of Fascist monuments, monumental art and architecture in postwar Italy. A/Prof Carter has also written and published on the topic of Britain's difficult relationship with the European Union.

    His book Modern Italy in Historical Perspective (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2010) was described by the Austrian Journal of Politics and History as an 'instant classic alongside works by [Richard] Bosworth, [Denis] Mack Smith and [Paul] Ginsborg.' His edited book, Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) 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'. His article, 'The meaning of monuments of monuments: remembering Italo Balbo in Italy and the United States' was jointly awarded the Christopher Seton-Watson Memorial Prize for the best article in Modern Italy in 2019.

    Nick is currently engaged on two major research projects:
    1. After Mussolini: The Difficult Heritage and Architectural Legacy of Dictatorship in Italy. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.
    2. Conviction Politics: The Convict Routes of Australian Democracy. Nick is a Chief Investigator on this international and multidisciplinary ARC Linkage project (2020-2023).

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

    Research Interests:
    Difficult heritage of Italian Fascism ; Modern Italian historiography ; Italian Risorgimento in transnational context ; Political prisoners and Australian democracy ; Britain and European integration ;

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  • Associate Professor Mark Chou

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    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 ;

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  • Dr Haydn Aarons

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    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 Rachel Busbridge

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    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

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    My research areas are primarily focused on modern and contemporary art history and theory. I also have an interest in the intersections between visual cultures and politics, literature, music and philosophy. I completed an Honours degree at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) 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 with a grounding in feminist practice and ideology. I have a growing interest in the metaphysics of death, dying and creativity, reflected in collaborative research with academics at the University of Sydney.

    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 have recently published the first critical monograph on Dorothea Tanning.

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

    Research Interests:
    Modernism, surrealist art practice, ; contemporary art, gothic literature/aesthetics, ; visual cultures, feminist practice, politics, ; neoliberalism, interdisciplinary studies, ; feminist/eco theology, metaphysics of death ;

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  • Dr Duncan Cook

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    I am a Physical Geographer with expertese in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, geochronology and geochemistry. I hold the position of Senior Lecturer and the Head of Discipline for Geography, based at our Brisbane campus. 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 Australia in 2012 I worked for the New Zealand Defence Force at the Defence Technology Agency as an Environmental Research Scientist. Since 2018, I have also held the position of adjunct researcher in the Beach-Butzer Geoarchaeology Laboratory at the University of Austin at Texas.

    My research is focused on understanding the way that society has influenced (and has been influenced by) the environment over long historical timescales (centuries to millennia). I am deeply interested in how societies have responded to climate change in the past, and how landscapes have evolved to accommodate (and record) complex human histories. My work has applied interdisciplinary approaches to answer questions about human-environmental connections in the past, drawing on knowledge and techniques from archaeology, geography, geochemistry and environmental physics to develop quantitative models of environmental history at study sites worldwide.

    Currently, my work is focused on historic cities and landscapes of the global tropics, where my research aims to reconstruct environmental histories for the last several thousand years at sites of early and enduring human settlement, such as the historic Maya settlements of Lamanai in Belize and El Zotz in Guatemala.

    The common theoretical thread running through my research 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 (Brisbane) Email : Duncan.Cook@acu.edu.au

    Research Interests:
    Geochronology ; Climate Change ; Sustainability ; Geoarchaeology ; Soil geomorphology ; Remote Sensing ; Geography ; Environmental Pollution ; GIS ; Wetlands ;

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  • Dr Jen Couch

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    I am a senior lecturer in youth work and international development.
    I came to ACU in 2005 with a professional background in international community development, youth work and working along side displaced and marginalised communities particularly in refugee contexts and in South Asia.
    My PhD was a transnational ethnographic exploration of global justice activism focusing on activists in the US, Australia, the Zapatista movement in Mexico and the Narmada dam movement in India.

    I am passionate about social resilience and how to strengthen and rebuild this following experiences of community upheaval, violence, and trauma.
    My experience as a qualitative researcher and practitioner offers me a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and practical challenges facing vulnerable and marginalised communities.
    I have published widely in the area of young people, communities and marginalisation and I am particularly interested in working in hopeful and positive ways to change social inequalities and exclusion. I have recently completed the first longitudinal ethnographic study to explore refugee young people and homelessness in Australia.


    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 lived experience of refugee young people during COVID 19 and the way that youth workers have responded during the pandemic.

    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 ;

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  • Dr Hannah Forsyth

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    Dr Hannah Forsyth is a historian of work, education and capitalism at ACU where she teaches modern history, historiography and Australian Indigenous History. She is the author of A History of the Modern Australian University and is currently working towards a new book, tentatively entitled Virtue Capitalism on the history of professions in Australia and globally. Hannah was an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow 2017-2019.

    Hannah is a regular contributor to the media, in newspapers like The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald as well as Griffith Review, Inside Story, The Conversation and London's Times Higher Education. Hannah has has discussed her work during numerous media interviews with outlets such as The Monthly, Business Insider and on ABC radio.

    In 2020, Hannah gave the University of New England's Russel Ward Lecture, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eca0B_66_c4

    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 ;

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  • Dr Naser Ghobadzadeh

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    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 ;

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  • Dr Margaret Hutchison

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    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 collection of essays on painting, memory and war which was published with the University of Alabama Press in 2020. She has won several international grants and awards in support of her research, including an Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme Grant and an Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship. 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 ; Veteran Health ;

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  • Dr Karen Lamb

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    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 ;

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  • Dr Benjamin Moffitt

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    Benjamin Moffitt is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow 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 three books on populism: 'Populism' (Polity, 2020), 'Political Meritocracy and Populism: Curse or Cure?' (with Mark Chou & Octavia Bryant, Routledge, 2020), and 'The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style and Representation' (Stanford University Press, 2016). He is also the co-editor of 'Populism in Global Perspective: A Performative and Discursive Approach' (with Pierre Ostiguy and Francisco Panizza, Routledge, 2021). He has also authored 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.

    Benjamin is currently working on two major projects. The first, funded by the Australian Research Council (2019-2022), 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 Nasstrom, 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 ; visual politics ;

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  • Dr Benjamin Mountford

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    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), and a special issue of The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, "Making Connections: Essays in Honour of John Darwin" (2019).

    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 ;

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  • Dr Nell Musgrove

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    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 ;

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  • Dr Marguerite Nolan

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    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

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Associate Professor Xiaoying Qi (Email: Xiaoying.Qi@acu.edu.au) Xiaoying Qi was awarded a PhD in 2012 at the Institute for Culture and Society, 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 most recent book is Remaking Families in Contemporary China (Oxford University Press, 2021). An earlier 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']. She has published articles in leading international journals, including American Journal of Cultural Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, Current Sociology, International Sociology, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Journal of Sociology, and Sociology. Research innovation is evidenced in Qi's introduction of analytical concepts in sociology, including 'intellectual entrepreneurs', 'paradoxical integration' and 'veiled patriarchy'. 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:
    Family and Family Change ; Social Capital and Social Networks ; Cultural Sociology ; Globalisation ; Social movements ;

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  • Dr Noah Riseman

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Dr Michael Thompson

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    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

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Prof Bruce Burnett

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Professor Romina Jamieson-Proctor

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Prof John Munro

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 Kenneth Smith

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Associate Professor Gloria Stillman

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    My expertise is in mathematics education and in particular researching metacognition and the teaching, learning and assessing of real world applications and mathematical modelling. I have been the president of the International research group the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications (ICTMA) from 2013-2019. I am Series editor with Prof. Gabriele Kaiser on the Springer Book series, International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of 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 ;

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  • Associate Professor Joseph Zajda

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Associate Professor Joseph Zajda is a world-renowned scholar in the area of globalisation and education policy reforms. He has published over 47 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 11,000 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 135,986-chapter downloads so far.
    As a result, he 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 Public Officer of the Australian Council on Human Rights Education (elected in November 2020).
    Elected as Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (June 2013). FACE
    He has completed the 24-volume Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research series (Springer, 2015-2020). He has completed editing volumes 14-24 in the Globalisation series. He will be editing another 12 books (books 25-36) to continue the Series in 2021 for Springer.
    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 ;

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  • Dr Melissa Cain

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 implementing culturally diverse Arts education in Australia and Singapore. Her research covers Inclusive Education, Creative Pedagogies, and supporting students with disability. Melissa's current projects examine the voices of students with vision impairment at mainstream schools, and the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning. 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 ;

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  • Dr Renata Cinelli

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    Renata is a Senior Lecturer (Health and Physical Education) at the Strathfield 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 ;

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  • Dr Amanda Gutierrez

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    Dr Amanda Gutierrez is a Senior Lecturer in English/literacy and Teacher Professional Practice. She also 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 and has published in this area.

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

    Phone : 0738616286 (Brisbane) Email : Amanda.Gutierrez@acu.edu.au

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

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  • Dr Sally Louise Humphrey

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Dr Mellita Jones

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Dr Jennifer Martin

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Senior Lecturer
    Teacher Education

    Areas of expertise: initial teacher education; continuing professional development for teachers and education leaders;science curriculum and pedagogy; professional practice in education; discursive psychology

    Phone 03 9953 3296

    Email jenny.martin@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1460-4441

    Dr Jenny Martin is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and education researcher. Her research program is concerned with the development of teacher professionalism and student agency for the wellbeing of individuals and the planet and extends to science education, education for sustainability, initial teacher education, teacher professional learning and pedagogical leadership. She is currently full-time Research Fellow on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Learning-rich Leadership for Quality Improvement in Early Education, concerned with transformative practice and pedagogical leadership in early childhood contexts. Her expertise includes applications of cultural psychology to education research, and associated methodologies including developmental work research, action research, participatory ethnography, discourse analysis and video-based research design. Jenny was awarded the Australian Association for Research in Education Early Career Researcher Award in 2017.

    Jenny is also a Victorian Institute of Teaching registered teacher. Early in her career, Jenny taught in secondary schools and later worked as Scientist in Residence at primary schools as well as a Professional Development Leader for the Victorian Department of Education. Her work as a teacher educator began in 2002 at The University of Melbourne and at ACU. Jenny began full time work at ACU in 2012 and now has a continuing position as Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

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  • Dr Karen Joy McLean

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Senior Lecturer
    Early Childhood Futures

    Areas of expertise: early childhood education, adult literacy and technology, early learner literacy and technology 

    Phone: +613 5336 5420

    Email: karen.mclean@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0332-6914

    Karen is a researcher in the Early Childhood Futures research concentration in the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University. Karen commenced her career in primary and early years? education in regional Victoria. She has been working in early childhood education in tertiary education for over 10 years. Karen?s research uses sociocultural perspectives to understand learning for contemporary times. Her current research is directed towards Australian playgroup provision and includes an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award for $369,996 (2018-2020) to examine caregiver learning about play in community playgroups and social media. Karen?s research interests encompass children and adults? learning with a focus on literacy, technology and play-based learning.

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  • Dr Amy Kathleen McPherson

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Dr Tonya Rooney

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 digital 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 ;

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  • Dr Jonathon Sargeant

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Dr Ingrid Willenberg

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    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 ;

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  • Dr Kimberley Wilson

    Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

    is interested in exploring the role of science/STEM education in engaging diverse students in learning. Responsive and expansive approaches to STEM education such as project-based approaches are of particular interest, as are considerations of creative and innovative ways of enabling STEM 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:
    STEM Education; Flexible Learning; Engagement ;

  • Prof. Huann Lin

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Professor
    STEM Education

    Areas of expertise: science education; scientific literacy; science teaching; history of science; argumentation; inquiry-based science teaching

    Phone: +617 3860 6271

    Email: Huann.lin@acu.edu.au

    Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9719-9252

    Most of Professor Lin Huann-Shyang?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 eg pictorial analogies, integrating history of science in teaching. He also investigated the efficacy of promoting students? conceptual understanding and their conceptualisation of the nature of science. Professor Lin?s research performance and leadership were recognised by the domestic science education community, with the National Science Council of Taiwan awarding Professor Lin Outstanding Research Awards for the periods of 2000 ? 2001, 2003 ?2005, and 2011 ? 2013. He was recruited to join the executive committee of enacting Taiwan?s first Science Education White Paper (2003) which was initiated by the Ministry of Education and the National Science Council.

    Professor Lin?s research was extended by working as the National Project Manager of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2006 and PISA 2015), coordinator for the international collaborative research project, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (IJSME) since 2014. The rich data and evidence 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, as a result of Professor Lin?s strong recommendation, history of science and scientific inquiry components were subsequently included in the Taiwanese curriculum guidelines. In addition, his advocacy (through the Ministry of Education?s advisory committee meetings) for contextualised and scientific competency-based items have been found in Taiwanese national college and high school entrance examinations.

    He is working collaboratively with colleagues of ACU, especially researchers from ILSTE within STEM education research intending to support teachers? professional development and promote students? scientific competencies, creative thinking and reasoning skills.

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