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Our ambition is to disrupt the education profession and to transform it in powerful, positive ways. This collective philosophy is underpinned by an impressive research profile and our collaboration with colleagues, educational organisations and schools across the country and around the globe.
Contemporary education demands teachers who are equipped with tools for contemporary practice. Southern Cross University is deeply invested in nurturing these skills and in developing the next generation of talented educators with imagination, courage and passion.
Disrupting and transforming education and research that inspires and changes lives for a sustainable future.
Our Faculty of Education is a world-leading, welcoming and just place of impactful research, teaching and learning, that inspires and changes lives.
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Research in the Faculty
The Faculty of Education is a research leader impacting cogent theory, policy advancement, public debate and practice.Find out more
Our lecturers and researchers are internationally renowned, bringing world-leading research and practice to the classroom.Find out more
Faculty of Education Awards for Excellence and Recognition
The Faculty of Education Awards for Excellence and Recognition include the Dean’s Honours List for students, SAGE Award for Service, Professional Staff Awards, Research Awards and Teaching & Learning Awards to celebrate the diverse individual and collective achievements that contribute to the realisation of the Faculty of Education’s Mission, Vision and Objectives (MVO).View the award recipients Follow FoE on Facebook Follow FoE on Twitter Follow FoE on LinkedIn
Professor, thanks a lot for your time here. We have been through a very, very tough year, but it's 2021, and I'd like to ask you what the future represents for your portfolio.
For us, what we're going to do is bigger and better is how I can put it, and we've been known as an outstanding faculty for decades, but going forward we're shifting our gaze, as I said, we're growing bigger, we're expanding all of our programs internationally.
From a personal point of view, what sort of impacts do you think you will bring to the portfolio?
For me, well, I can take you back a little bit about my past if you like. So I was a primary school teacher, a career primary school teacher, I did my PhD in environmental education and sustainability. In that time I've had the privilege of being able to seriously be part of transforming education.
Is there enough real world experience outside of academia for staff, do you think?
So, all of our staff in terms of academics are teachers, so whether that be in early childhood, or primary, or secondary, of those staff, they do much of their research in schools and early childhood centres.
We work hand in glove with the profession because we adore the profession of education and we're about making it better and making a difference to that. So we also have many staff who are practicing principals right now, who are teachers now, who work as casual academics, and they work alongside and with our academics as well.
This might be difficult, but how would you sum up in three key words what your portfolio represents?
Passion, disruption, and transformation.
Beautiful, in five year’s time and once your students have graduated, five years down the track after they graduated, how would you like their peers or employers to view them?
I'd like them, and I know that they're already viewed, those students who are five years now, but five year’s time, as outstanding professionals and with education the journey doesn't just stop when you finish your undergraduate degree. Five years in they'll already be engaging in further higher learning, whether that be a master's, or their honours, or their PhD, or their doctorate, that we find that students, they come back to us.
I'd like to wish you a prosperous year and thank you for your time.
Thank you it's my pleasure.
Faculty in Focus
"We work hand in glove with the profession because we adore the profession of education and we're about making it better and making a difference to that. So we also have many staff who are practicing principals right now, who are teachers now, who work as casual academics, and they work alongside and with our academics as well."
Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles
Faculty of Education
The Electric Kombi project
The Electric Kombi project resulted in the University converting our original 1973 VW Kombi into Australia’s first fully electric high range EV Kombi.
While ambitious, the conversation was just one element of a broader strategy to consider how can we apply the strengths of the University to demonstrate innovation and drive passion across secondary schools and communities in our campus regions and beyond.Learn more about the Electric Kombi conversion
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We acknowledge Widjabal Country as the Country where Southern Cross University originated and grew, and from where it continues to grow. It seeded the growth of our Gumbaynggirr Campus in Coffs Harbour, our Yugambeh Campus in Coolangatta and it planted the seeds to transform the Countries we are on.
Understanding our origins will make each step into the future a more purposeful one, leading all to transform tomorrow.