Our People

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Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles

Executive Dean, Faculty of Education

Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles is the Executive Dean of Southern Cross University’s world-leading Faculty of Education, as well as the Research Leader of the ‘Sustainability, Environment, and the Arts in Education’ (SEAE) Research Centre. She is a career primary-secondary school teacher. Professor Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles is one of the youngest women in Australia to be made a full professor at the age of 37.  Her research centres on climate change, childhoodnature, posthuman philosophy, and child-framed research methodologies. She is particularly focused on the pivot points between education, science, and philosophy. Professor Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles has led over 40 national/international research projects, and is presently the lead researcher on a 2024 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant on climate change education on/with Country.  She has published more than 150 publications with her latest book entitled ‘Posthuman Research Playspaces: Climate Child Imaginaries’ (with Rousell, Routledge).  Professor Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles has been recognised for both her teaching and research excellence in environmental education, including an Australian Teaching Excellence Award (OLT) and an Australian Association for Environmental Education Fellowship (Life Achievement Award) for her outstanding contribution to environmental education research.

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Dr Wendy Boyd

Associate Professor Wendy Boyd

Associate Dean (Education)

Associate Professor Wendy Boyd joined Southern Cross University in February 2009 with professional expertise in early childhood education and care. She taught for 25 years leading a large early childhood centre that was continuously assessed as high quality.

Professor Sue Walker

Professor Sue Walker

Associate Dean (Research); Leader, Early Years Research Lab

Professor Susan Walker’s research interests concern children's developmental outcomes and the role of early intervention in early childhood. Susan has extensive expertise in survey methodology and quantitative data analysis.

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Professor David Lynch

Chair of Discipline (Teacher Professional Learning); SCUOnline Education Course Coordinator

Dr David Lynch is Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education. He is the author of numerous books and articles on teacher education and teaching improvement, specialising in Whole of School Teaching Improvement.

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Professor Liz Mackinlay

Director of Higher Degree Research; Doctor of Education Course Coordinator

Professor Liz Mackinlay is an eclectic scholar, having experience in Indigenous education, music ethnography and feminist issues.

Associate Professor Alexandra Lasczik

Professor Alexandra (Lexi) Lasczik

Associate Dean Education Partnerships

Professor Lexi Lasczik is an internationally and nationally esteemed Arts-based researcher, most particularly in the discipline of the Visual Arts and critical Walking Inquiry. She was previously a secondary school educator for 25 years.

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Dr Mia Christensen

Director of Professional Experience

Dr. Mia Christensen is a registered teacher and early childhood researcher with 30 years of experience across various educational settings in Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia. She previously worked at G8 Education as the Education Innovation and Partnerships Manager and spent 15 years as an academic at QUT. Her research focuses on early childhood education for sustainability, STEAM, and enhancing children's voices and participation.

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Associate Professor Stacey Campbell

Chair of Discipline (Early Childhood Education and Care)

Stacey Campbell, Associate Professor and Chair of Early Childhood Education and Care, is a researcher specialising in literacy, language and teaching professional practice. Her interests include phonics, phonological and phonemic awareness, and oral language in early reading and writing development, as well as family-teacher partnerships. A registered Queensland primary teacher, Stacey has extensive experience in early childhood and primary education, and university pre-service teacher training.

Dr Lana McCarthy

Dr Lana McCarthy

Chair of Discipline (Secondary)

Dr Lana McCarthy is Chair of Discipline (Secondary); and a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education (PDHPE), in the Faculty of Education, located on the Gold Coast Campus. She has extensive experience teaching HPE at Secondary School and Tertiary level in both New Zealand and Australia. Her doctoral research focussed on team culture, leadership and coaching approaches, and how captains and coaches constructed the culture within the New Zealand Silver Ferns netball team.

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Associate Professor Aspa Baroutsis

Chair of Discipline (Primary); Senior Lecturer; Academic Integrity Officer

Dr Aspa Baroutsis is the Chair of Discipline (Primary) and Academic Integrity Officer in the Faculty of Education. She is also a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for Southern Cross University. Her research draws on digital and media sociology, education policy, and learning engagement, student voice, and belonging across mainstream and alternative school settings.

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Simon Brown

Faculty Manager

Simon can be contacted for queries on the management of the Faculty of Education and its staff.

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Penny Bredenkamp

Executive Assistant

Penny can be contacted for queries relating to the Office of the Executive Dean of Education.

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Professor David Lynch

Chair of Discipline (Teacher Professional Learning); SCUOnline Education Course Coordinator

Dr David Lynch is Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education. He is the author of numerous books and articles on teacher education and teaching improvement, specialising in Whole of School Teaching Improvement.

Katie Hotko

Dr Katie Hotko

Honours Course Coordinator; Associate Lecturer

Katie Hotko is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Arts in Initial Teacher Education. Her PhD thesis is titled "We make art and it makes us: An A/r/tographic exploration of generalist primary teachers’ creative self-beliefs." Katie is an active member of the Sustainability, Environmental, and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Centre, the First Year Coordinator and Honours Course Coordinator. Katie's passion lies in democratizing the arts, striving to make them inclusive and accessible to all.

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Dr Alicia Phillips

Early Childhood Education Course Coordinator

Dr Alicia Phillips joined Southern Cross University in 2015 with a wealth of teaching experience in educational contexts ranging from early childhood education and care settings, primary schools and tertiary education.

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Dr Simone Blom

Primary Education Course Coordinator, MTeach; Lecturer

Dr Simone Blom is an experienced leader, educator and emergent researcher with over two decades in education and high-impact project officer roles. Simone’s skills are best deployed in workshop facilitation and collaborative enterprises that require succinct translation of complex concepts and outcomes into accessible, workable ideas and solutions.

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Stella O'Toole

Technology Education Course Coordinator; Lecturer

Stella O'Toole is an experienced High School teacher, Educational Leader and Lecturer who has specialism in the areas of Design & Technology, Textiles Design, Food Technology, Technology Mandatory and Resistant Materials. She has over 20 years’ experience in the classroom, most recently in leading a Technology and Applied Studies Faculty and before commencing her teaching career, worked in the design industry. Stella is also involved in HSC marking at a senior level and in teacher accreditation.

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Dr Mia Christensen

Director of Professional Experience

Dr. Mia Christensen is a registered teacher and early childhood researcher with 30 years of experience across various educational settings in Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia. She previously worked at G8 Education as the Education Innovation and Partnerships Manager and spent 15 years as an academic at QUT. Her research focuses on early childhood education for sustainability, STEAM, and enhancing children's voices and participation.

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Sandra Kenny

Manager, Education Professional Experience

Sandra and her team of Professional Experience Placement Officers are based the Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast campuses.

Alison Adams

Alison Adams

Professional Experience Coordinator

Alison works in the Professional Experience Team and is based at the Gold Coast campus.

Jenny Barron

Jenny Ellis

Professional Experience Coordinator

Jenny works in the Professional Experience Team and is based at the Coffs Harbour campus.

Judy De Vries

Judy De Vries

Professional Experience Coordinator

Judy works in the Professional Experience Team and is based at the Lismore campus.

Renee Hogben

Renee Hogben

Professional Experience Coordinator

Renee works in the Professional Experience Team and is based at the Gold Coast campus.

Tiffany Cutter

Tiffany Cutter

Professional Experience Placement Coordinator

Tiffany works in the Professional Experience Team and is based at the Gold Coast campus.

Vicki Hennessy

Vicki Hennessy

Placement Officer

Vicki works in the Professional Experience Team and is based at the Coffs Harbour campus.

Isabella Smith

Isabella Smith

Placement Officer

Isabella works in the Professional Experience Team and is based at the Gold Coast campus.

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Dr Lynda Hawryluk

Dr Lynda Hawryluk

Associate Degree of Creative Writing Course Coordinator

Dr Lynda Hawryluk is a practising writer and qualified secondary English teacher. She lectures and teaches in writing units focused on writing and reading practices, poetry for advanced level students.

Professor Sue Walker

Professor Sue Walker

Associate Dean (Research); Leader, Early Years Research Lab

Professor Susan Walker’s research interests concern children's developmental outcomes and the role of early intervention in early childhood. Susan has extensive expertise in survey methodology and quantitative data analysis.

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Professor Liz Mackinlay

Director of Higher Degree Research; Doctor of Education Course Coordinator

Professor Liz Mackinlay is an eclectic scholar, having experience in Indigenous education, music ethnography and feminist issues.

Katie Hotko

Dr Katie Hotko

Honours Course Coordinator; Associate Lecturer

Katie Hotko is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Arts in Initial Teacher Education. Her PhD thesis is titled "We make art and it makes us: An A/r/tographic exploration of generalist primary teachers’ creative self-beliefs." Katie is an active member of the Sustainability, Environmental, and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Centre, the First Year Coordinator and Honours Course Coordinator. Katie's passion lies in democratizing the arts, striving to make them inclusive and accessible to all.

Amy Mulholland

Research Administration Officer

Amy can be contacted to assist Faculty researchers and postgraduate students with their research, publications, grants and promotions, and to provide support for the Faculty's research events and promotions. Email Amy at [email protected]

Our Faculty

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Associate Professor Louise Phillips

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Louise Phillips has more than 30 years of experience working with children across various settings, as an early childhood teacher, storyteller, consultant, researcher and tertiary educator. Her research includes storytelling, children’s rights and citizenship, arts and rights-based pedagogies and methodologies, decolonizing methodologies, sensation and place.

Associate Professor Michelle Neumann

Associate Professor Michelle Neumann

Deputy Leader, Early Years Research Lab

Associate Professor Michelle Neumann is an academic in the field of early childhood education, literacy, and educational technology. Michelle has had over 10 years’ experience working as a primary and secondary school teacher and is a registered Teacher with Education Queensland.

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Dr Tracy Young

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Tracy Charlotte Young is a senior lecturer and researcher in early childhood education and care at Southern Cross University's Faculty of Education. Committed to animal activism, her research focuses on multispecies education, child-animal relations, environmental education, and critical posthumanism. Tracy employs qualitative and post-qualitative methods such as narrative inquiry, ethnographic, speculative, and embodied research/praxis.

Dr Charmaine Bernie

Dr Charmaine Bernie

Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellow

Dr Charmaine Bernie is a Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education's Early Years Research Lab at Southern Cross University. Charmaine is passionate about early years care and research for children and their families.

Dr Aidan Coleman

Dr Aidan Coleman

Senior Lecturer

Dr Aidan Coleman is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and also teaches in the Associate Degree of Creative Writing. His research and scholarship spans Australian literature, Shakespeare, poetry, ecocriticism and creative writing. He is the co-author of a series of Shakespeare textbooks and his poetry volumes have been shortlisted for national literary awards. Aidan has extensive experience as a secondary English and history teacher, and faculty coordinator.

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Dr Sarah Crinall

Lecturer

Dr Sarah Crinall is a Lecturer of science childhoods, place-based relational philosophies of education and art-based methodologies. Sarah's scholarly interests are in the power of the practical, the ethical and the 'everyday' and the informal learning ecologies that we live with as families and communities. Her focus is on the concept of sustenance in education, right now, during life in early years motherhood.

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Lee-Ann Ewing

Lecturer

Lee-Ann is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at SCU. Before joining Monash in 2019, she was a primary school teacher, having taught for many years in two countries and four states. Lee-Ann holds an M. Ed from UWA and a B.A. from the University of South Africa.

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Mr Patrick Bruck

Deputy Chair of Faculty Board; Deputy Academic Integrity Officer; Associate Lecturer

Patrick Bruck is an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Education. He is enrolled in a Doctor of Education (EdD) at Southern Cross University with a focus on the teaching of proportional reasoning in Australian schools. Patrick has held numerous roles in Australia’s education sector, including as a teacher, Head of Department, Deputy Principal and Principal in high schools, predominantly in Queensland. He has also taught internationally in Asia and Europe.

Dr Mel Green

Dr Mel (Mellie) Green

Lecturer

Dr Mel (Mellie) Green has been a primary school teacher for over 25 years, with 20 of those in the classroom and teacher-librarianship, and five in curriculum leadership. She completed her PhD in 2021. Her doctoral research explored student engagement in reading for enjoyment in the upper primary years. Her areas of research passion are: use of children’s literature in the primary classroom, reading instruction, curriculum and pedagogy.

Dr Aida Hurem

Dr Aida Hurem

Lecturer

Dr Aida Hurem is a Lecturer in Inclusive Education at Southern Cross University. She is a wellbeing and belonging researcher in the International Education space with a focus on student experience, equity and social justice. Being an interdisciplinary researcher, she utilises her skills in Psychology and Education to collaborate with colleagues and bring her knowledge of wellbeing and belonging across to other areas and disciplines.

Dr Christos Markopoulos

Dr Christos Markopoulos

Chair of Education Faculty Board; Senior Lecturer

Dr Christos Markopoulos has extensive experience in teaching mathematics discipline as well as mathematics education for undergraduate and postgraduate education students. He has developed and taught Mathematical Content Knowledge units for pre-service teachers.

Dr Tina Marcoionni

Dr Tina Marcoionni

Senior Lecturer

Dr Tina Marcoionni is a Senior Lecturer and working in the teaching/research fields of interdisciplinary education, professional experience and leadership.

Dr Lewes Peddell

Dr Lewes Peddell

Lecturer

Dr Lewes Peddell is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education with a focus on Mathematics Education. Prior to coming to Southern Cross in 2018, he was Director of Research, Learning and Enterprise at Canterbury College (QLD) where he also served as Director of Arts Academy, Acting Director of Curriculum and taught Music and Mathematics.

Dr Liberty de Rivera

Dr Liberty de Rivera

Vice-Chancellor Research Fellowship

Dr Liberty de Rivera is a Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education. Her research interests include analysing and evaluating policies and their implementation in the areas of education for sustainable development, climate change, and disaster risk reduction. Central to her research is the idea of cognitive justice—what, or whose knowledge, is emphasised or neglected in the process of policy transfer.

Jubilee Smith

Dr Jubilee Smith

Lecturer

Jubilee Smith has recently completed her PhD with Southern Cross University investigating early childhood educator decision making with digital technology. Jubilee has presented and published from the initial research which led to her PhD topic.

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Gina de Rooy

Research Assistant

Gina is a research assistant in the Faculty of Education at SCU. She works in the TeachLab research group from the Gold Coast campus.

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Dr Amanda Levido

Lecturer

Dr Amanda Levido is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at SCU. She researches media arts and media literacy education. She is interested in how young children use digital media technologies as part of their learning in both formal and informal learning settings.

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Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro

Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellow

Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro is a Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education's Sustainability, Environmental, and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Centre at Southern Cross University. Her research focuses on Southern knowledges of decoloniality and feminisms, critical public pedagogies, memory and rurality. She also works with arts, visual and participatory methods.

Lisa Siegel

Dr Lisa Siegel

Lecturer

Dr Lisa Siegel is a skilled environmental educator with over 20 years’ experience in developing and facilitating educational experiences for children, young people, and adults, having worked in both public and independent schools in three different countries.

Dr Carla Valério

Dr Carla Valério

Lecturer

Dr Carla Valério is a PDHPE Lecturer and researcher with special interest in Physical Education Teacher Education innovative strategies of Teacher Professional Development. In the past few years, her research focus has been related to Social Learning Strategies and Student-centred Approaches.

Dr Hoi Vo

Dr Hoi Vo

Senior Research Fellow

Hoi Vo is a Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education's TeachLab research group. He is known for his research on teaching and learning improvement, teacher education, student engagement, and technology mediated learning. He is passionate about using quantitative methods in his research.

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Ms Lauren Brocki

Lecturer

Ms Lauren Brocki is a lecturer in the Early Years Research space.

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Miss Amy Mills

Associate Lecturer

Amy is an Associate Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Care

Clare Yopp

Clare Yopp

Executive Support Coordinator

Clare can be contacted for queries relating to the Office of the Executive Dean of Education.

Kim Fisher

Kim Fischer

Curriculum and Accreditation Coordinator

Kim's role looks after the Faculty's curriculum and accreditation and she is based at the Lismore campus.

Anita Johnston-Oost

Anita Johnston-Oost

Curriculum and Accreditation Coordinator

Anita's role looks after the Faculty's curriculum and accreditation and she is based at the Lismore campus.

Cathy Lembke

Cathy Lembke

Lecturer

Cathy Lembke is currently researching in the area of the impact of short-term immersion programs on the cultural competence of pre-service teachers, as part of a prospective PhD thesis. Cathy has recently been working on the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement.

Kelly Simpson

Kelly Simpson

Associate Lecturer

Kelly is a Higher Degree Research candidate for a PhD with Southern Cross University, investigating outcomes of initial teacher education programs for early childhood teachers. She has extensive teaching experience in early childhood and vocationally, and a deep interest in initial and ongoing teacher education.

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Karen Moore

Administrative Assistant

Karen assists with the Faculty's administrative processes and is based at the Gold Coast campus.

Siobhan Foley

Research Administration Officer

Siobhan can be contacted to assist Faculty researchers and postgraduate students with their research, publications, grants and promotions, and to provide support for the Faculty's research events and promotions. Email Siobhan at [email protected]

Mr Tim Mulholland

Tim Mulholland

Administrative Assistant

Tim assists with the Faculty's administrative processes and is based at the Lismore campus.

Professors Emeriti and Adjuncts

Marilyn Chaseling

Emerita Professor Marilyn Chaseling

Adjunct Emerita Professor

Emerita Professor Marilyn Chaseling has 30 years of teaching experience, with 21 years appointed to leadership positions including Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Science; Head of School of Education (1999-2001); Course Coordinator for Education’s undergraduate courses (Primary, Early Childhood, Secondary and TAS); Director of Undergraduate Studies; Director of Teaching and Learning; Deputy Head of School; Acting Head of School.

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Emeritus Professor Martin Hayden

Adjunct Emeritus Professor

Emeritus Professor Martin Hayden has wide-ranging experience as a scholar in the field of higher education. He has produced or contributed to extensive publications including books, articles and reports, and has attracted significant research and development grants. Martin has completed commissioned works and consultancies for a wide range of international agencies, including UNESCO, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and ASEAN.

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Adjunct Professor Tracey Bunda

Adjunct Professor

Professor Bunda has an outstanding track record of teaching and research, specialising in the areas of Indigenous education and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. Her career in universities expands over 3 decades during which time she has held senior Indigenous leadership roles which have focused on the building the profile of Indigenous education. T

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Adjunct Professor Rita Irwin

Adjunct Professor

Rita L. Irwin is a Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Art Education and Curriculum Studies, The University of British Columbia, Canada and Adjunct Professor, Southern Cross University, Australia. She is also a Past President of the UNESCO-affiliated International Society for Education through Art and immediate past Principal Editor of the International Journal of Education through Art.

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Adjunct Professor Bruce Knight

Adjunct Professor

Professor Knight has completed a great deal of study in teaching and learning, undertaking high impact applied research that leads to sustainable benefits for all students. He is a specialist in learning design and pedagogy to enhance participant outcomes across all forms of education and mental health. Professor Knight has successfully supervised 27 doctoral candidates and his areas of research have resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.

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Adjunct Professor Richard L Light

Adjunct Professor

Richard Light is Professor Emeritus at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University and a Visiting Professor at Waseda University, Japan. He has held full-time positions in Australia at the University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, Ballarat University, and in the UK at Leeds Metropolitan University. He was also Invited Professor at the University of Franche-Comté, France.

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Adjunct Professor Anthony Mackay

Adjunct Professor

Professor Mackay Anthony Mackay AM is Board Co‐Chair and immediate past CEO & President of the National Center on Education and the Economy, Washington DC.

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Adjunct Professor Pasi Sahlberg

Adjunct Professor

Professor Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator, teacher, and author. He has worked as a school teacher, teacher-educator, academic, and policymaker in Finland, and he has advised schools and education system leaders around the world. He served as a senior education specialist at the World Bank (Washington, DC), lead education specialist at the European Training Foundation (Torino, Italy), director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture (CIMO).

Adjunct Keith Skamp

Adjunct Professor Keith Skamp

Adjunct Professor

Keith is a Professor (Faculty of Education) and a SCU Emeritus Faculty member. He lectured in research methodology, science and environmental education. Keith continues to research and publish in these areas. His involvement with teacher professional learning was at state, national and international levels. Since retirement, major consultancies have been with the Australian Academy of Science (Primary Connections), James Cook University and UTS.

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Adjunct Professor Richard Smith

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor Richard Smith has extensive experience in school and higher education education administration and governance and the development of innovations. He has a distinguished record in research, publication, postgraduate supervision and academic journal creation and editorship. His current academic and applied interests lie in the development of effective pedagogical practice and governance for uncertain times.

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Adjunct Professor Kim Snepvangers

Adjunct Professor

Dr Kim Snepvangers is an Adjunct Professor and Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Kim is an award-winning educational leader in creative ecologies with expertise in industry partnerships at scale, recognised with a 2018 AAUT national citation.  She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor and a Scientia Education Academy (SEA) Fellow at UNSW. Kim has co-edited 3 books, over 20 book chapters and journal publications with research interests in archival practice-based research.

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Adjunct Professor David Spendlove

Adjunct Professor

Professor Spendlove’s work has involved policy, practice and research in a variety of areas including Teaching and Learning, Teacher Education, Technology Education and Creative and Design Education. David is Professor of Education and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Environment, Education and Development in addition to being the Senior Adviser for the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences. David also holds a strategic role for oversight of Teacher Development.

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Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Gard

Adjunct Associate Professor

Michael holds a Masters degree in exercise science and a PhD in the sociology and history of dance. He has written several books on a variety of subjects including obesity, science, and public health policy. While his primary field of research is in health and physical education, Michael is also a social scientist who has intentionally contributed to broader sociological scholarship of health and the body.

Dr Sue Hudson

Adjunct Associate Professor Sue Hudson

Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr Suzanne Hudson has been involved in teaching and teacher education for over 30 years. Suzanne is now based at the Gold Coast campus at SCU. Prior to coming to SCU she was at QUT where she was responsible for initiating the Bachelor of Education (primary) at the Caboolture campus. Suzanne was the successful applicant of a $1.45 million grant for the implementation of the Teacher Education Done Differently (TEDD) project.

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Adjunct Associate Professor Sharon Parry

Adjunct Associate Professor

Sharon worked in research and development in higher education from 1984 and has been at Southern Cross since 1993. Prior to her appointment to the School of Education, she was the Director, Teaching and Learning Centre at the University and inaugural president of the Council of Australian Directors Academic Development. Her current research concerns the relationship between epistemological foundations of academic culture and the influence of those on knowledge-making and reporting.

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Adjunct Associate Professor Robert Smith

Adjunct Associate Professor

Robert was a school teacher, head and administrator for 20 years. Through professional organisations he led much English teacher professional development in the region. Then as a teacher-educator his main focus was on language and literacy learning at all levels—from birth to higher education. He is well experienced in higher education governance. His recent research is focussed on educational leadership, and on literacy education from a social-interactionist perspective.

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Conjoint Associate Professor David Turner

Conjoint Associate Professor

David Turner is QASSP’s Director of Professional Learning. He has enjoyed a diverse career in school leadership working in small rural schools through to large complex urban schools. David has taught in Victoria and in British Columbia, Canada and also spent over three years working in the tertiary sector as Head of Campus and Head of School. He's worked as a member research team on projects related to initial teacher education, teaching staff capability through coaching, mentoring and feedback.

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Adjunct Associate Professor Judith Wilks

Adjunct Associate Professor

With a Geography background, Judith Wilks worked for many years as an Environmental Planner. Judith’s current research interests include successful transitions to higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, online teaching methodologies in higher education, active environmental education approaches such as child-friendly cities, and participatory methodologies for children and young people.

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Adjunct Associate Professor Tony Yeigh

Adjunct Associate Professor

Tony Yeigh is an Adjunct Associate Professor (Faculty of Education) with a PhD in Educational Psychology. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, including a $10,000 DEST award for his PhD research design 2018, 2018 Teacher of the Year Award, and a 2020 Emerald Literati Award for outstanding research paper. He is skilled in intercultural communication, multi-modal research design, project supervision and applied pedagogy.

Dr Anne Bellert

Adjunct Senior Lecturer Anne Bellert

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Dr Anne Bellert is an academic in the field of inclusive education, with particular expertise in learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy, and leadership. She has over a decade of experience in advising school leaders and teachers about inclusion of students with disabilities in regular school settings, and a further decade of experience in Initial Teacher Education and postgraduate teaching in inclusive education and school leadership.

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Adjunct Senior Lecturer David Ellis

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

David Ellis is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University. He is currently progressing his PhD study on teacher professional learning and expertise in a changing world.  This study is crucial for the recognition of teacher education as foundational and teacher capability for lifelong learning is required. He has been internationally recognised as a leader in interdisciplinary approaches such as STEM and technology education.

Dr Roslyn Franklin

Adjunct Senior Lecturer Roslyn Franklin

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Dr Roslyn Franklin has been involved in the teaching profession in varying capacities for forty years. In her early teaching career, she was a Health and Physical Education teacher in Brisbane and Gold Coast secondary and primary schools and then lectured in this area at Griffith University. Ros is an adjunct lecturer and working part-time at SCU as a Unit Assessor for a PDHPE secondary unit and University Supervisor when pre-service teachers undertake their Professional Experience in schools.

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Adjunct Senior Lecturer Megan Lee

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Megan Lee is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University. She has a background in psychological science and advanced statistical analyses. Megan is passionate about research impact in the public domain and providing a bridge between psychology and education research.

Dr Marianne Logan

Adjunct Senior Lecturer Marianne Logan

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Dr Marianne Logan is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education. Marianne's approach to research (and teaching) is to interrogate and advance socioecology and posthumanism within a science education context, where classical science education is disrupted, and new paradigms are promoted, within the current critical period surrounding climate change. With a posthuman lens all things are entangled rather than humans being perceived as separate from nature.

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Adjunct Senior Lecturer Jake Madden

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Dr Jake Madden is an experienced school principal. With a leadership career over the last thirty years he has been building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. As a proponent for teacher action research, Jake is widely published in this area, authoring books and journal articles showcasing his experiences and research.

David Rousell

Adjunct Senior Lecturer David Rousell

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

David Rousell is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at SCU, where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles and Professor Alexandra Lasczik. David is also Senior Lecturer in Creative Education at RMIT, where he works in the Creative Agency Lab and Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC). His project Local Alternatives explores the pedagogical agency of the environmental arts in adapting to climate change at city-scale.

Dr Angela Turner

Adjunct Senior Lecturer Angela Turner

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Angela Turner's research is positioned under the umbrella of Design and Technologies education, specifically food education, sustainability and food innovation research (regional foods and food education research).

Marilyn Ahearn

Adjunct Lecturer Marilyn Ahearn

Adjunct Lecturer

Marilyn is an Adjunct Lecturer at SCU. She has extensive experience in primary education, including participation and leadership in environmental education initiatives. Marilyn completed her PhD at SCU and continues to collaborate in writing projects as a member of the Sustainability, Environmental, and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research Centre. She is committed to researching and promoting a universal deep-time story through environmental education and transdisciplinary-based learning.

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Adjunct Lecturer Dr Moya Costello

Adjunct Lecturer

Moya arrived at SCU for her semester in 2008 and ended her continuing position late in 2017. Currently, she is an adjunct lecturer. Moya is a writer and has worked as an editor. Semester-long writing subjects were taught by Moya at the University of Canberra (a subject she wrote) online, the University of Adelaide (a subject she wrote), and Flinders University. Single seminars were given by Moya at the universities of Western Sydney and South Australia.

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Adjunct Lecturer Alan Fenn-Lavington

Adjunct Lecturer

Dr Alan Fenn-Lavington's 30+ years in Education include primary and secondary teaching, Sport Coordinator, School Co-Ordinator and Acting Deputy Principal as well as teaching at Griffith University with the School of Education. He has been an Academic with SCU since 2006 teaching with School of Education, PSP and Social Science as well as a short time with Sport Management and Surfing Studies - he describes himself as a classroom practitioner.

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Adjunct Lecturer Amanda Isaac

Adjunct Lecturer

Amanda has over 20 years of experience working in Professional Experience, contributing to research in this area and was previously  Deputy Director of Professional Experience for the Faculty of Education. She has established productive relationships with colleagues in the school and university contexts.

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Adjunct Fellow Catherine Hastings

Adjunct Fellow

Dr Catherine Hastings’ interdisciplinary research concentrates on understanding issues of social justice and inequality alongside developing and evaluating policy and program responses for social change. Recent focus areas include legal needs assessment, the causes of homelessness for families and older women, and international student financial and housing precarity. The philosophy of critical realism informs her research.

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Adjunct Lecturer Neville Jennings

Adjunct Lecturer

Dr Neville Jennings is an educator with experience at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. He was instrumental in preparing primary and secondary teachers at both the Lismore and Riverside Campuses of SCU, taught units in the MEd program and was deeply involved with teachers’ professional development. He has been active in maintaining contact with former staff and students.