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I am currently Dean of the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University, having taken up the role at the beginning of 2020. I am an experienced academic leader, educator and researcher, recognised nationally and internationally for my research, teaching and leadership expertise, particularly in the field of languages and literacy education. In a career spanning nearly four decades, I have had leadership roles in the professional theatre, in the education sector in schools and state education authorities, and in academic/senior leadership roles in universities. I have also had leadership roles in professional associations, including as President of the national association for languages educators in Australia, the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA). At JCU, I sit on the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, Division Executive Committee, and Cairns Institute Management Committee, among others. Leadership roles at UNE included discipline leader for languages education, and senior leadership/ management roles as Deputy Head of School and Head of School of the School of Education, and Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, in the Faculty of HASSE. I chaired the University Teaching and Learning Committee, was Deputy Chair of University Curriculum Committee, sat on Academic Board and Academic Board Standing Committees, the Academic Transformation Steering Committee, the Quality Planning Committee, the Governance Committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment, and the Council’s Honorary Appointments Committee, among others.

Research projects and consultancies for which I have been CI have had combined income of over $8 million, including 11 national languages education, and 13 industry partnership projects. I am currently CI for four major projects, one with DFAT to provide leadership education to the Presidents (VCs) of all Philippines education universities (2018-2020); one with the Department of Education, Western Australia, to develop and evaluate a statewide online Indonesian curriculum for Years 3-6 (recently concluded, with dissemination sessions in 2020); an ARC Discovery project (DP1901025), for which I am the lead CI, with other CIs at The University of Melbourne (Professors Lo Bianco and Hajek) and UNE (A/Professor Ellis) on an early start to languages education in Australian schools and preschools; and a project with the Australian Department of Education to develop a National Plan and Strategies for Languages Education. I have a number of awards for teaching, research and service, including an AAUT Teaching Award, UNE Teaching Award, Distinguished Service Award for service to education, a Best Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Research Project Award from UniSA, life memberships, HEA Senior Fellow, and scholarships from the Australian Federation of University Women and Flinders University.

I have over 50 research outputs and more than 80 conference presentations, including invited keynote presentations, in Australia, the US, Indonesia, China, The Peoples Republic of China, Scotland, Canada and NZ. I have edited two academic journals, and prepared special issues, including a recent bilingual issue (French/English), and a double issue on Aboriginal Languages for the national languages teachers’ journal Babel. I review for a number of journals. I currently supervise 10 HDR students. I am an assessor for the ARC and AAUT awards, and have been nominated for the ARC College of Experts.

I have worked extensively in compliance, governance and accreditation operations and policy development in the HE sector; developed university teaching and learning plans and policies; and in recruitment of senior university, faculty and school staff- in leadership, academic and professional staff roles; negotiated development of workload policies for the University and in several schools/disciplines; have Enterprise Agreement expertise, including cases for the Fair Work Tribunal; developed professional learning for HE educators; undertaken two major university change processes; and worked collaboratively to develop academic, professional learning, and governance matters, across Faculties in the University, and externally with community, industry and professional partners. 

I have long-standing career foci on advancing the work and reputation of HE institutions, and in particular for Education and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, at UNE, and on providing exceptional service to students, academics, professional staff and leadership teams, to governments, and to related professions and communities. My core values relate to equity and access to education at all levels, and to life changing choices and world-changing outcomes through achievements from HE courses and research, and the importance of HE to Australian and international communities.

 

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  • Disrupting Power Positions through Translanguaging Pedagogies: The Case of Bangladeshi Higher Education (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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