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  • Faculty of Education and Arts

  • Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

  • Prof Kathy Mills

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

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

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

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

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  • Professor Leonard Unsworth

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

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

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  • Institute for Religion Politics & Society

  • Professor Bryan Turner

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

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

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  • Dr Joshua Roose

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

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

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  • Nat Sch of Arts

  • Dr Benjamin Moffitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Nat Sch of Education

  • Prof Bruce Burnett

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

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

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  • Dr Melissa Cain

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

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

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  • Dr Mellita Jones

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


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

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  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

  • Professor Colleen Doyle

    Colleen is Professor of Aged Care and supported research in a partnership agreement with Catholic Homes and Villa Maria Catholic Homes 2012-2016. The goal of her research is to improve support for older adults living in the community as well as residential care. Key areas are telehealth, e-health and dementia care as well as mental health. Colleen's doctorate from The University of Adelaide was in memory training and intellectual disability, and over the last 30 years she has built a career in aged care services and program evaluation with particular expertise in dementia and health service evaluation. She is honorary research fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute and honorary professorial fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, a member of the Australian Psychological Society and founder of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group. She publishes in both academic and technical evaluation genres, and has received over 30 research grants since 1990, the most significant grant being the national evaluation of the federal government's Dementia Initiative (2007-10).

    Phone : 0409739136 (Melbourne) Email : Colleen.Doyle@acu.edu.au

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  • Professor Kim Foster

    Kim Foster is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Northwestern Mental Health and Australian Catholic University. This is a joint professorial appointment in mental health nursing between Melbourne Health and ACU. She is based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she leads the mental health nursing research unit.

    Professor Foster is an internationally recognised mental health nurse academic, researcher and educator and is widely published in mental health and psychosocial health research. She has won numerous awards for research. Her areas of research expertise and interest include co-associated physical and mental health; resilience; and mental health family carers & families where parents have mental illness. She is currently a CI on an NHMRC Partnership Grant in the field of Paediatric Trauma. Kim is an experienced higher degree research supervisor with 10 HDR completions.

    Phone : 03 9342 7676 (Melbourne) Email : kim.foster@acu.edu.au

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  • Professor Elizabeth McInnes

    Research methods: RCTs; surveys; quantiative and qualitative systematic reviews; qualitative.

    Topics: Implementation science; practice change; models of care; stroke; pressure injury

    Phone : (03) 9230 8171 (Melbourne) Email : Liz.McInnes@acu.edu.au

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