Professor Alexandra (Lexi) Lasczik
Associate Dean (Research)
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.
Professor David Lynch
Professor of Education
David Lynch is Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education, located at the Gold Coast campus. He is the author of numerous books and articles on teacher education and teaching improvement, specialising in Whole of School Teaching Improvement. David’s background is in primary education having been a teacher and senior state school principal in early professional life.
Associate Professor Wendy Boyd
Associate Dean (Education)
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.
Associate Professor Louise Phillips
Director of Higher Degree Research; Doctor of Education Course Coordinator
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. She is internationally known for her research and publications on storytelling, children’s rights and citizenship, arts and rights based pedagogies and methodologies, decolonizing methodologies, sensation and place.
Dr Raoul Adam
Raoul Adam is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University. With over 25 years of teaching and research experience, he has a strong commitment to education. He is a recipient of several university citations and a national ALTC Award for teaching.
Dr Anne Bellert
Anne Bellert is a teacher and researcher who is committed to achieving sustainable learning - Learning for all, teaching that matters, learning that lasts.
Dr Lisa Jacka
Lisa has over 15 years of experience as a reflective practitioner in teaching and learning environments. She has expertise in researching the integration of innovative technologies, with her PhD research investigating virtual worlds.
Dr Sarah James
Sarah James relishes sharing knowledge and mentoring peers to embed literacy within planning and implementation. Throughout my career I have been privileged to observe ‘teaching in action' witnessing many aspects of practice.
Dr Marianne Logan
Marianne Logan is a lecturer at Southern Cross University and is one of the founding members of the Sustainability Environment and Education research cluster. She is passionate about inspiring learners in science, sustainability and the environment.
Dr Christos Markopoulos
Chair of Education Faculty Board
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 Maia Osborn
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Maia Osborn works as a research fellow within the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education Research Cluster. Maia's PhD explored environmentally conscious teachers' philosophies, pedagogies and practices. She is currently researching in the areas of nature play, climate change education, and children's relationships as nature.
Dr Lewes Peddell
Chair of Initial Teaching Education
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 Jemma Peisker
Honours Course Coordinator
Jemma Peisker has taught in South East Queensland schools for 12 years as a Senior Visual Arts Teacher and has a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours in Fine Arts, Bachelor of Education Honours (First Class) and PhD.
Dr Alicia Phillips
Early Childhood Course Coordinator
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.
Dr Brad Shipway
Brad Shipway is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the Gold Coast campus, where he teaches Primary History, Geography and Civics. Brad has taught from K-10 across a range of different schooling systems.
Dr Angela Turner
Technology Education Course Coordinator
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).
Dr Chris Zehntner
Lecturer, Personal Development Health and Physical Education
Chris Zehntner is a lecturer in PDHPE with the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross. Chris brings together teaching and coaching experience to inform both his tertiary teaching and research. He is a recipient of several university awards for teaching and program design.
Chair of Postgraduate Teacher Education; SCUOnline Education Course Coordinator
As a former technology teacher and head teacher, David Ellis has always been interested in developing the capacity of technology teachers in the ever-changing curriculum of technology education.
Deputy Chair of Faculty Board; Associate Lecturer
Patrick Bruck is an Associate Lecturer at Southern Cross University, Faculty of Education, Australia. 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.
Associate Lecturer, Professional Experience
Amanda Isaac’s interest lies in the experiences of all stakeholders in professional experience, including pre-service teachers, their mentor teachers, in-school coordinators and higher education providers. This has led to a further interest in the assessment of pre-service teachers in initial teacher education, including the recently introduced Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment.
Director of Professional Experience
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.
Secondary Education Course Coordinator
Megan Pedler has taught in secondary schools and as a specialist teacher in primary schools both in Australia and abroad. Megan enjoys her role as a Professional Experience Advisor as it provides the opportunity to support students while on placement learning the practicalities of becoming a teacher.
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.
Primary Course Coordinator
Jubilee Smith is currently completing 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.