Professor Faye McCallumProfessor Faye McCallum is Dean and Head of School of Education, Southern Cross University. She was previously employed at the University of South Australia as Associate Dean: Teaching and Learning in the School of Education where she was responsible for all teaching and learning academic programs which included initial teacher education accreditation, curriculum reform and the implementation of an online strategy. Her two main research interests have attracted funds nearing $2m and include: the attraction, retention and sustainability of teachers in rural areas; and, secondly, wellbeing education. Outputs include publications in high impact journals and a book to be released later in 2015 on Nurturing Wellbeing in Education. Other research interests include: social justice and equity; technology enhanced learning in higher education; and, community partnerships. Contact Details

Prof Amy Cutter-MackenzieProf Amy Cutter-Mackenzie
is a Professor in the School of Education in Sustainability, Environment and Education. She joined the School in December 2011. Prior to joining SCU, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. She commenced her career as a primary school teacher in Queensland, worked as a specialist environmental educator overseas and then later moved into academia after completing her PhD in 2005.


Dr Brad Shipway 2Dr Brad Shipway specialises in the area of human society and its environment (also known as studies of society and environment). He has a keen interest in the philosophy of education and critical realism. Brad's current research projects include: the spiritual and religious development of young people in Catholic schools in the Lismore Diocese and a study of children and young people's perspectives on citizenship rights and responsibilities.



Dr Jan BackhouseDr Jan Backhouse was awarded her PhD in 2009 after studying with the CCYP under Anne Graham's supervision. Her thesis was titled "Grandparents raising their grandchildren". More on Jan's research

Dr Wendy BoydDr Wendy Boyd
is a lecturer and researcher in early childhood education and care at Southern Cross University. She has 25 years of practical early childhood educational experience and worked with organisations including TAFE, ECTARC and Lady Gowrie (NSW) and the National Childcare Accreditation Council. Wendy's PhD explored parents' decisions regarding paid work and care of the child. She has a wide range of expertise in research in early childhood education which includes pre-service teachers' attitudes and advocacy to long day care, early childhood education for sustainability and pre-service teachers' anxiety towards teaching mathematics. Contact Details

Tess BoyleTess Boyle
has over twenty years of teaching experience in a variety of contexts spanning the early years of school to tertiary education. Tess's research is focussed on and grounded in curriculum development and pedagogy. Tess has co authored classroom textbooks and teacher resources in the areas of Mathematics, Science & Technology and Human Society & its Environment (HSIE), including the highly successful Science & Technology Today series. Tess's current research is focused on the transition of teacher education graduates into their profession and an investigation of the subsequent professional development choices they make in the early years of their career. Tess also has a keen interest in and passion for the Early Years of schooling. Contact Details

A/Prof Marilyn ChaselingA/Prof Marilyn Chaseling
is a Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) in the School of Education. Marilyn's research interests focus on the creative arts, particularly music, and the ways in which both curriculum and pedagogy have been approached over time in order to engage, stimulate and develop the potential of children and young people. Her doctoral thesis, titled 'Teaching Music in New South Wales Primary Schools: 1920-1956', pointed to a number of key historical issues that usefully inform contemporary classroom practice, namely the contribution of music to the development of children as 'good citizens'; the importance of strong leadership for music in schools by employing conscientious, inspirational music educators who can champion and develop a love of music in both children and teachers; the important role of pre-service teacher education and professional development in improving the confidence, disciplinary knowledge and skills of generalist teachers in and for music education; a music syllabus that recognises the creative potential of children and young people; and teachers who are able to convey to their students an evident and shared respect for music. Contact Details

Angela CocoDr Angela Coco is a senior lecturer in social sciences. Her interdisciplinary research explores issues of identity, community, power and gender in community and educational settings. She is currently developing research into the settlement of refugee families in the Northern Rivers and Mid-North Coast regions. As an experienced researcher into new forms of religiousness and spirituality she is keenly interested in the roles of religions and religiousness in this process. The broad research agenda focuses on issues of cultural understanding and families pathways to integration in Australian society, particularly the differential ways women, youth and men find direction in regional areas. Contact Details

Mr Richard HarrisMr Richard Harris is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Justice and a founding member of the CCYP. Richard's interests centre on the ways in which children's lives are shaped by the law. Richard is also a member of the CCYP Advisory Board. Contact Details

Dr Karen HawkinsDr Karen Hawkins
has recently completed her PhD with the University of Southern Queensland. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Special Needs Education and a Master of Education. Karen's research interests gravitate toward early childhood education, literacy, social justice, and spirituality and well being. Karen is currently the Early Career Researcher representative on the executive committee of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). She has a deep respect for and interest in collaborative research methods as socially just modes of inquiry that uphold and value participant voice, knowledge, history and expertise. This respect and interest is mirrored in Karen's PhD research design which is underpinned by Participatory Action Research. Contact Details

Dr Liz ReimerDr Liz Reimer's
research is positioned in the social sciences field of social welfare practice, policy and education. This includes building knowledge about how family-based practice enhances the wellbeing of children, young people and their families, and using this knowledge to influence social policy decisions and social welfare education curricula. My focus areas include family support, youth work, prevention and early intervention dimensions of the child wellbeing continuum, child neglect, and workforce issues such as professionalisation, the personal-professional nexus, and developing practice competence and wisdom in novice workers. Recent publication activities relate to aspects of the relationship in rural family services, including how relationships develop, how supervision and the work environment affect relationships, personalised ways of working in professional relationships, and the ongoing nature of such relationships. I will utilize and build on relationships developed throughout my practice and policy career with researchers, practitioners and policy makers, across Australia and internationally, in the field of child wellbeing. Contact Details