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  • Faculty of Education and Arts

  • Nat Sch of Education

  • 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 :

  • 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 :

  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

  • Professor Tracey McDonald AM FACN

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Appointed in 2005 to the RSL LifeCare Chair of Ageing at Australian Catholic University Tracey McDonald has a research and scholarship interest in issues important to veterans, clinicians and older adults concerning safety and quality care of older people; practice-driven research, clinical practice development; information technology; spirituality and life quality. In 2012, a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) was bestowed for her work in nursing, health and aged care, United Nations Expert Groups and development of national and international public health and social welfare policy.

    Qualifications and experience in public health, nursing, midwifery, education and management across the aged care and health services support involvement with public policy, clinical leadership and research.

    As director of the RSL LifeCare Centre for Practice Development and Innovation in Ageing (CPDIA) she is working on developing programs of research that will support the health and wellbeing of both veterans and the general community

    Phone : (02) 9739 2280 (North Sydney) Email :

  • Dr Sara Bayes

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    I am a midwife academic committed to furthering our understanding of some of the 'wicked problems' faced by midwives and maternity services and to develop effective solutions to them.

    I have expertise in qualitative research: Grounded Theory Methodology (especially Glaserian), Interpretive Descriptive Methodology, Narrative Inquiry, Participatory Action Research, and in implementation science / co-constructed organisational change.

    My focus is on improving maternity care quality, optimising consumers' maternity care experience, optimising midwives' employability/job satisfaction/intention to stay in the profession, and finding and implementing effective ways to narrow the second translation gap in midwifery and maternity care.

    Phone : 0399533390 (Melbourne) Email :

  • Dr Alicia Evans

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Alicia Evans is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and nurse academic, with a particular interest in anxiety, sexuality and group dynamics. In her work, she explores the way in which psychoanalytic and Foucauldian theories can provide new insights into how health care is both practised and governed. She has an abiding interest in politics and how the personal shapes the political, be that in relation to the group, the hospital or the nation.

    Alicia teaches organisational culture and qualitative research methodology. She supervises a number of Higher Degree by Research students who are undertaking qualitative studies in the health field. In her current research, she is investigating how sexuality is governed in a long-stay psychiatric service.

    In addition to her academic work, Alicia practises psychoanalysis and is the Secretary of The Freudian School of Melbourne, a school of Lacanian psychoanalysis, where she gives regular seminars. Prior to doing her PhD and joining the academy, Alicia worked in mental health institutions, hospitals, prisons and with the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.

    Phone : (03) 9953 3187 (Melbourne) Email :

  • Dr Sandra Miles

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

    RN, RM, PhD, MN (Child & Adol Nurs), BN, CCYPN

    Sandra is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine at ACU, based in sunny Brisbane at the McAuley at Banyo campus. She has been teaching nursing for over 25 years, specialising in research supervision, paediatric and child & adolescent health nursing and nurse immunisation.

    Sandra is a Research Fellow at The Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre (NRPDC) of The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) in Brisbane, where she focuses on the strategic research priorities of pressure injury prevention and falls injury prevention. The NRPDC comprises a team of researchers from ACU and TPCH, led by Professor Paul Fulbrook, with a proven track record in this program of research.

    Sandra is eligible to supervise PhD and BN Honours students, as well as students undertaking research and project units in various Masters programs across ACU. Students are able to select from a range of projects relevant to the research priorities of NRPDC (pressure injury prevention and falls injury prevention), with several projects readily available for students to join the team. As well, students may be able to participate in a Clinical School development and evaluation project.
    Sandra has previously co-supervised students studying nurses' prescription of pressure injury prevention interventions; the relationship between hospital-acquired pressure injuries and a long stay in the emergency department; falls injury risk screening in the ED; skin tear prevalence; examining microbial and protein qualities of prepared and stored infant formula; understanding the experiences of women breastfeeding an infant with tongue tie, decision making about using continuous fetal monitoring for low risk labouring women.

    For her PhD, Sandra conducted a cluster, pragmatic randomised controlled trial examining the effects of a daily sensory motor development program on children's development, behaviour, and academic learning outcomes. Sandra used the research approach, phenomenography, in her Masters research, which sought to understand the phenomenon of clinical experience for postgraduate nurses studying paediatric and child health nursing. She has a level of expertise with several other research designs and approaches.

    Sandra is an approachable and practical research supervisor, who provides solid support and structure for students. She is keen to hear from any student interested in her specialty research areas.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7293 (Brisbane) Email :

  • Nat School of Allied Health

  • Dr Jean Burke

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

    Jean (BSW, DipEd, MSW, PhD) is a senior lecturer in Social Work in the School of Allied Health, at Strathfield campus. She has worked in research for 20 years, mainly in the areas of HIV, gender and health, stigma, social work in Africa and community development, refugees and African Australians. Her research has informed and evaluated HIV-related programs. Her current research is primarily focused on human rights and albinism and witchcraft beliefs as well as interpreting and translation of Swahili. Jean has published articles and book chapters and presented her research at national and international conferences.

    Phone : 4114 (Strathfield) Email :

  • Faculty of Law and Business

  • Nat Peter Faber Business School

  • Professor Michael Fischer

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    Michael D Fischer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership, Visiting Scholar at University of Oxford where he was previously a senior research fellow, and a Program Director at Melbourne Business School. He holds a PhD in organisational behaviour from Imperial College London, University of London.

    Trained as a business school social scientist and clinical group analyst, his research has a strong empirical focus on the practice-level microsociology of organisational change in research-intensive settings, especially in healthcare.A He specialises in ethnographic and comparative case studies, analysing intersubjective relations, emotions and power, and their potential to mobilise organisational change.A He has a particular interest in executive education and the role of business schools in a rapidly developing knowledge economy.

    His research is published in leading international journals in the Financial Times 'top 50', ABDC A* and CABS 4* lists, including Accounting Organizations and Society, Human Relations, Organization Studies, Public Administration, and Social Science and Medicine.A He has led major competitive research grants as principal and co-investigator, including funding by the National Institute of Health Research, the University of Oxford and Kings College London.A

    He is a highly active researcher with a strong focus on practice-level processes of organisational change, especially in research-intensive settings. His research draws on sociomaterial perspectives to analyse dynamics of influence and change in complex organisations. By focusing on the 'backstage' work of everyday emotions, affect and politics, he analyses their effects in mobilising ideas, material practices and technologies that can dynamically stimulate major organisational change.

    In his original ethnographic research at Imperial College London, he examined a UK healthcare policy from inception to implementation and subsequent collapse. Its formal risk management systems had unintended consequences on organisational life, undermining organisational functioning and leading to policy collapse. He later investigated the impact of professional regulation on healthcare professionals, analysing how embedded practices of self-regulation may be undermined by regulatory transparency, performance metrics and sanctions. His research highlights the role of supportive 'formative spaces' and forms of self-regulation which can be more effective in supporting good practice.

    In a related second research theme, he examines how micro-sociological dynamics operate in knowledge leadership. His leadership research provides an in-depth analysis of how leaders interpret and 're-assemble' ideas, techniques and materials, and utilise these in their leadership practices.A Through a series of longitudinal case studies focused on research-intensive settings,A he has analysed how the most effective leadership practices assemble and mobilise organisational change.A In his research at the University of Oxford, he analysed at first hand flagship leadership programmes at Sa??d Business School - its High Performance Leadership and Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.

    His international career in public services focuses mainly in the healthcare sector where he has held senior clinical, managerial and policy adviser roles. Before joining academia, Michael had an accomplished career as a Lead Consultant Psychotherapist in leading teaching hospitals in Manchester, Liverpool and London, most recently at St Thomas' Hospital, London. He is a noted expert in the group and intersubjective relations that influence contemporary organisations and can powerfully mobilise organisational change.

    For further details of his work, please see:

    Phone : 8314 (Melbourne) Email :

  • Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

  • School of Theology

  • Dr Michael Buchanan

    Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

    My research agenda is driven by the thing I am most passionate about and that is student achievement in religious education through holistic engagement and deep learning. Learning in religious education has the potential to transform lives and learned people transform society in significant ways. My research program explores certain areas pertaining to the advancement of successful student learning. These areas include leadership in religious education and leadership in faith-based schools. Leadership in these areas demands all the education skills and expertise required of educational leadership in other schooling systems and contexts as well as the ability to integrate the faith and religious culture of the school within an educational environment. Effective leadership is oriented towards successful student achievement and my research explores key dimensions of leadership that are integral to leaders and aspiring leaders. The leadership dimensions under investigation in my research include: spiritual leadership, religious leadership, faith leadership, ministerial leadership, curriculum leadership and educational leadership. Teachers and the formation of teachers is also extremely relevant to successful student achievement and my research also encompasses the professional growth of pre-service and in-service teachers through reflective practices such as peer review.

    Research and interest fields
    Leadership and Religious Schools (e.g. Leadership and religious schools: International perspectives and challenges, 2013)
    Reflective Practice and Religious Education (e.g. Pre-service teachers' perceptions of the benefits of peer review, 2012)
    Religious Values and Culture (e.g. The impact of cultural religious Values upon Pre-service teachers perceptions of their role as educators in Catholic religious schools, 2011)
    Curriculum Change in Religious Education (e.g. Managing curriculum change in religious education: An inside perspective from school leaders in religious education, 2010)
    Ministerial dimension of RE leadership (e.g. Ministerial leadership: A dimension of leadership in religious education, 2011)
    Spiritual dimension of RE Leadership (e.g. Attending to the spiritual dimension to enhance curriculum change, 2010)
    Student Learning in Religious Education (e.g. Learning beyond the surface: Engaging the cognitive, affective and spiritual dimensions within the curriculum, 2008)

    Phone : (03) 9953 3294 (Melbourne) Email :


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