Area of Expertise

  • Language and Culture
  • Learning and Teaching
  • International Education
  • Francophone Studies
  • Pacific Studies (Melanesia and Polynesia)
  • Action Research

I welcome proposals for PhD, Masters, and Honours projects in any of the areas listed above. I am also always interested in supporting new projects, therefore welcome partnership opportunities from diverse organisations and industries. You can contact me at florence.boulard@jcu.edu.au

Professional Experience (Teaching & Research)

Florence Boulard has been an academic in the College of Arts, Society and Education since 2012. Between 2019-2021 she was Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in Townsville Bebegu Yumba campus. Originally from New Caledonia, she came to Australia as an international student to pursue her tertiary studies. An alumna from the University of Queensland, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in modern languages in 2006. A year later she completed her Bachelor of Education while tutoring French for the School of Languages and Comparative Studies in UQ and undertaking translations for the Southbank Modern Art gallery in Brisbane.  In 2008, she moved to Townsville where she worked as a French high school teacher and language coordinator, and as a casual tutor for James Cook University. Her passion for teaching and learning led her to complete her Master in Education in 2011 at JCU for which she wrote a thesis on international education (international-mindedness). At this stage Florence also began teaching Foundation French for the University of New England. The same year, she received a highly commended from the QLD College of Teachers placing her in the top ten early career teachers in the state. After four years studying for her thesis, teaching high-school students full-time and tutoring at university after hours, Florence was offered a position as Modern Languages Coordinator and French lecturer for James Cook University. 

She is also the Director of the Academy of Modern Languages which has been running for over 20 years at the Townsville campus and was extended to Cairns under her leadership in 2015. In sharing her passion for languages and culture, Florence works in partnership with a range of schools in Queensland and in the South Pacific. Her community engagement work is led by her desire to build stronger internationally-minded communities.

Eager to continue improving her practice as an educator and develop herself as a researcher, she completed her PhD in Education in November 2017. Her thesis is entitled Making Australia's East Side Neighbours Visible.  Through her research, she aspires to develop a Pacific literate nation to help transform the imagery of the Pacific and better connect with all people in our region. 


Leadership for Community Engagement

1. Young Language Ambassador

Program started in 2014 which engages each year over 50 schools across QLD and the Pacific Islands. To date, Florence successfully planned and delivered 10 conferences which welcomed over 1500 students and teachers across Queensland as well as the Pacific Islands (Vanuatu and French Polynesia). The aim of the program is to support language education (both teachers and students) at all levels (primary, secondary and terriary). Florence successfully applied and received HEPPP B Competitive grant $31,747. Received Funding from Department of Education and Training QLD total since 2016 $50,000. 

Video: Annual YLA Conference


2. Academy of Modern Languages Junior

This program offers short language courses at JCU Cairns and Townsville campus during school holidays. The AML junior program is supported by the Department of Education QLD since 2016. To date over 200 scholarships were secured and distributed to students in North and Far North QLD.  In 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic, AML classes were offered online and the Department of Education International provided over 150 scholarships for students throughout QLD to participate in our JCU language short courses. Total funding received to date for this program is over $200,000.

Video: AML Junior Program


3. Young Explorers of the Tropics

This program is an extension of the YLA program and is combined with the JCU French Immersion program. Received funding from the Department of Education International QLD since 2017. Total funding received to date is over $70,000. 

Video: Young Explorers in Vanuatu and New Caledonia

  • BA1001: Time, Truth and the Human Condition (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • ED3443: English as an Additional Language/Dialect for Indigenous learners (Level 3; ONL & TSV)
  • ED4995: Education Across Culturally Diverse Contexts (Level 4; ONL)
  • ED5981: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms and Communities (Level 5; TSV)
  • ED5986: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms and Communities (Level 5; TSV)
  • FR1001: Foundation French 1 (Level 1; TSV)
  • FR1002: Foundation French 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • Florence's research focuses on Education, Curriculum, French Language, Transnational Education and Pacific Studies (Melanesia and Polynesia).
  • 2019 to present - Adjunct Associate Professor, Tahiti Business School (ECT) (Papeete, French Polynesia)
  • 2018 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2013 to present - Director, Academy of Modern Languages, JCU (Townsville and Cairns)
  • 2019 to 2022 - Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, James Cook University (Townsville JCU)
  • 2020 to 2021 - ACER Consultant (Secondary Education Curriculum Development for the French Pacific) In partnership with DFAT and the Ministry of Education (Paris, France.), Australian Council for Educational Research
  • 2019 to 2020 - Guest Lecturer, P&O Cruise (Pacific Islands Region)
  • 2012 to 2018 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Lecturer, University of New England
  • 2009 to 2011 - Tutor (French Language), Academy of Modern Languages (Townsville JCU)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Secondary School Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator, Education Queensland (Townsville)
  • 2006 to 2007 - Translator (Film), Southbank Modern Art gallery (Brisbane)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Tutor (French Language), University of Queensland (Brisbane St Lucia)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2019 - Modern Language Teacher's Association Queensland 60th Award for Excellence Contribution to Language Education in Queensland, Australia.
  • 2017 - Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, JCU VC award.
  • 2016 - Modern Language Teacher's Association Queensland Award for Excellence in Language Teaching. Queensland, Australia.
  • 2015 - Award of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, JCU.
  • 2015 - Selected JCU Finalist for National OTL Citation Awards for Teaching and Learning, Australia.
  • 2011 - Highly Commended for Excellence in Beginning to Teach, Queensland College of Teachers.
  • 2021 - Journal Editor and Vice President of QLD Modern Language Teachers Association
  • 2021 - Director on AAAE Board (Australian Alliance of of Associations in Education)
  • 2020 - Vice-President Modern Language Teachers Association Queensland (MLTAQ)
  • 2019 - Adjunct Associate Professor at Tahiti Business School (ECT), French Polynesia
  • 2020 - Academic Board Member JCU (Teaching Expert acting role from February to September 2020)
  • 2012 - MLTAQ member
  • 2008 - Alliance Francaise Member
  • 2024 to 2026 - Member "Engagement Expert"- JCU Academic Board, James Cook University
  • 2019 to 2020 - Member "Teaching Expert"- JCU Academic Board, James Cook University
  • 2023 - Competitive Funding New Colombo Plan Study Overseas for New Caledonia $39,600
  • 2021 - Competitive Funding New Colombo Plan Study Overseas for Vanuatu $33,000
  • 2019 - Competitive Funding New Colombo Plan Study Overseas for French Polynesia $33,000
  • 2018 - Competitive Funding ELPSE Southern European Languages supporting JCU students to study in France/Italy/Germany $31,500
  • 2017 - Competitive Funding New Colombo Plan Study Overseas for New Caledonia $33,000
  • 2016 - Competitive Funding New Colombo Plan Study Overseas for Vanuatu $33,000
  • 2015 - Competitive Funding New Colombo Plan Study Overseas for Vanuatu $27,500
  • 2014 - Competitive Funding Study Overseas Short-term Mobility Program(STMP) for New Caledonia $21,500
  • 2013 - Competitive Funding Study Overseas Short-term Mobility Program(STMP) for New Caledonia $16,500

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles
Book Chapters
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Other research outputs

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by Dr Florence Boulard from 2013 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

French Embassy - Australia - Fonds Pacifique

Smart Islands Program: Fostering Collaboration between Australians and Polynesians

Indicative Funding
$14,650 over 4 years
This project primarily aims at contributing to the French Polynesian Smart Islands program, a spearhead initiative of the Polynesian Government. Research wise, the objective is to focus on two of the four core pillars of the program: Tourism and the Circular Economy. While applied research and transfer of expertise remain the catalyst of our contribution as a team, the project also involves broader aspects: education to issues specific to the Pacific (e.g. climate change) and student exchanges (DFTA NCP); commercial relations through the French Polynesia Regional Group and institutional partnership with Tahiti Business School, of key importance to diplomatic funding.
Florence Boulard and Stephane Le Queux in collaboration with Tingzhen Chen, Adrian Kuah, Breda McCarthy and Laurie Murphy (College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Business, Law & Governance and Corporate P&L)
Tourism; Circular Economy; Sustainable Development; Education to Pacific Societies

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • An Exploration of Adult English Learners' Lived Experiences in, between and beyond the Classroom (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Comparative Analysis of the Construction of French Identity in the Tropics through the Language and Music of the French National Anthem (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Improving Chinese Language Teachers' Approaches to Teaching Chinese Writing Proficiency Skills via Distance Education - Preparing a Smoother Transition from Junior to Senior Years (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Exploring picture books as pedagogical resource for developing understanding of New Caledonian identities (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Child Language Acquisition in Lewo, Vanuatu (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Settlement and acculturation experiences of French migrants in Far North Queensland. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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