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Aspa Baroutsis Senior Lecturer +61 7 558 93227
Faculty of Education Dr

Aspa Baroutsis (PhD) is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Education. She is known nationally for her research in media sociology, focused on portrayals of teachers, teaching, and schools across traditional print and social media; learning engagement and student voice across mainstream and alternative school settings; and digital pedagogies and school learning spaces that support student belonging and participation. Aspa has been awarded significant research income, including her current Australian Research Council Linkage grant. She has authored over 30 research publications in scholarly journals and with notable book publishers, co-authoring a number of these publications with leading scholars in the field.

aspa.baroutsis@scu.edu.au PhD(UQ) Aspa PhD(UQ) Gold Coast
Simone Blom Associate Lecturer 02 6620 3512
Faculty of Education Mrs simone.blom@scu.edu.au BEd(Hons)(SCU), BSc(MELB), BTeach(DEAKIN) Simone BEd(Hons)(SCU), BSc(MELB), BTeach(DEAKIN) Lismore
Wendy Boyd Associate Dean (Education)
Faculty of Education Dr

Associate Professor Wendy Boyd joined Southern Cross University in February 2009 with professional expertise in the field of early childhood education and care, where she taught for 25 years. This experience has taken her into research in this field, particularly in the field of the quality of early childhood education and care. She completed her PhD in 2011, the title of which was Parent decisions regarding paid work and care of the child. Wendy has published and presented from her PhD, and collaborated to publish research involving pre-service teachers' attitudes to child care, early childhood education for sustainability, pre-service teachers' mathematics anxiety and advocacy of pre-service teachers in the field of early childhood. Her approach to teaching of pre-service early childhood teachers has been recognised through the award of a 2011 Vice Chancellor's Citation Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 25 years of early childhood professional experience, Wendy led a large staff team to consistently achieve the highest ratings in the early childhood Quality Improvement and Accreditation System. Wendy is highly regarded in the early childhood field and active with the North Coast Branch of Early Childhood Australia, actively advocating for high quality early childhood education and care for children and their families.

wendy.boyd@scu.edu.au BSc(UNSW), GradDipEd(ECE)(SKTC), MEd(SCU), PhD(QUT) Wendy BSc(UNSW), GradDipEd(ECE)(SKTC), MEd(SCU), PhD(QUT) Lismore
Adi Brown Associate Lecturer 0432255169
Faculty of Education Ms adi.brown@scu.edu.au BVA, MFineA(OTHOS) Adi BVA, MFineA(OTHOS) Gold Coast
Patrick Bruck Associate Lecturer 07 55893465
Faculty of Education Mr patrick.bruck@scu.edu.au BSci(Syd), DipEd(Syd), MEd(USQ) Patrick BSci(Syd), DipEd(Syd), MEd(USQ) Gold Coast
Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles Executive Dean +61 07 5589 3130
Faculty of Education Professor

Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles (BEd Hons Griffith, PhD CQU) is a Professor of Sustainability, Environment and Education at Southern Cross University, Faculty of Education, Australia. She is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, as well as the Research Leader of the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Cluster. She has led over 40 research projects in environmental education and published over 150 publications largely centred on ontologies in/as nature through posthuman philosophy. She has a particular interest in child-framed arts-based research methodologies. Amy has also been recognised for both her teaching and research excellence in environmental education, including an OLT Teaching Excellence Award, Citation and the Australian Association for Environmental Education Fellowship (Life Achievement Award) for her outstanding contribution to environmental education research. 

amy.cutter-mackenzie@scu.edu.au BEd(Hons)(Griff), PhD(CQU) Amy BEd(Hons)(Griff), PhD(CQU) Gold Coast
David Ellis Lecturer 02 6659 3179
Faculty of Education Mr david.ellis@scu.edu.au BEd(Sydney), MUDS(Bond) David BEd(Sydney), MUDS(Bond) Coffs Harbour
Lynda Hawryluk Senior Lecturer 02 6620 3602
Faculty of Education Dr lynda.hawryluk@scu.edu.au BA(UWS), GradDipEd(Secondary)(UWS), MA(Hons)(UWS), PhD(UWS) Lynda BA(UWS), GradDipEd(Secondary)(UWS), MA(Hons)(UWS), PhD(UWS) Lismore
Katie Hotko Associate Lecturer (Teaching Scholar)
Faculty of Education Mrs

Katie Hotko is an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University. Katie is the Unit Assessor of CRTV1001 Creativity and the Arts. She is also an active member of the SEAE (Sustainability, Environmental, and Arts Education) Research Cluster. Katie is in the final stages of her PhD exploring Primary Teachers’ self-beliefs about creativity, and how these beliefs affect their teaching of the Visual Arts. Katie is a self-taught artist who is passionate about making the Visual Arts accessible to all people. Through the lens of process philosophy and a/r/tography, her inquiry delves into the becoming of the creative self-identities of practising generalist primary teachers in the Visual Arts. 

katie.hotko@scu.edu.au BEd(Hons)(SCU) Katie BEd(Hons)(SCU) Gold Coast
Amanda Isaac Associate Lecturer
Faculty of Education Mrs

Amanda is an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Education. 

amanda.isaac@scu.edu.au BEd(ACU), MEd(SCU) Amanda BEd(ACU), MEd(SCU) Lismore