Over a period of more than 20 years at James Cook University Maree has made an outstanding contribution to the delivery of innovative, contemporary and authentic curriculum, assessment and course design which has drawn both her students and colleagues into a heightened level of engagement and transformation in teaching and learning.

Maree's curriculum expertise forms a strong part of her research focus on health and physical education curriculum, curriculum change, and assessment literacy. In more recent times Maree has engaged in research on Indigenous games and their cultural significance to stakeholders.

Maree's learning and teaching expertise has led to senior management roles at James Cook University. From 2017-2020 Maree undertook the Dean, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement, and followed to the DVC Students role in 2020, and then DVC Education in 2022.  Maree's research interests on curriculum, assessment, student success, and health promotion provides foundation to valuing students, valuing educators and enabling capability building. 

  • 2022 to present - DVC Education, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2020 to 2022 - DVC Students, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Dean, Learning, Teaching & Student Engagement, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2014 to 2017 - CASE ADLT, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2011 to 2017 - Course Coordinator: Graduate Certificate for Catholic Education, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2012 to 2014 - FAESS Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Deputy Head of School of Education, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2009 to 2010 - FAESS Faculty Scholar - Assessment, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2009 - Course Coordinator: Graduate Diploma of Education Years 1 to 9, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2004 to 2007 - Course Coordinator: Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary Teaching), JCU (Cairns)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2012 - JCU Citation for Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2006 - JCU Citation for Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2000 - JCU Inclusive Practice Award
  • 1996 - Australian College of Educators - Peninsula Region: Classroom-based Teacher ‘Excellence in Education’
  • 2012 - Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • 2000 - Australian Curriculum Studies Association Inc.
  • 2000 - Australian Association of Researchers in Education
  • 1996 - Australian College of Educators
  • 1992 - Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • 1988 - Queensland College of Teachers - Registered Teacher
  • 2018 - QCAA Syllabus expert
  • 2012 - Queensland Studies Authority Learning Area Reference Committee member - Health and Physical Education
  • 2012 - Australian Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting Authority: Advisory Panel member for Health and Physical Education
  • 2003 to 2103 - Queensland Studies Authority - Tertiary education Representative for Physical Education State Panel
  • 2002 to 2006 - Queensland Studies Authority: Advisory Panel member for Health & Physical Education

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 35+ research outputs authored by Prof Maree Dinan-Thompson from 2000 onwards.


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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.

  • Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of embedding traditional Indigenous games within Health and Physical Education teaching practices (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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