Dr Peta Salter, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed., G.C.Ed.(Asian Studies), Ph.D., began her educational career as a secondary History and English teacher before commencing sessional employment with James Cook University, leading to doctoral studies and her current appointment in Education.

Peta’s teaching focuses on work-integrated learning approaches to enriching pre-service teachers’ efficacy and understandings of the contexts and communities in which they teach to support and develop classroom and community readiness.  Recent projects include service learning curriculum and pedagogy design with a focus on critical global citizenship and student agency and the impact of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher graduates on student success and school communities. 

Peta’s teaching and scholarship have been recognised by way of a number of awards, including two JCU Citations and a National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. 

Her current roles include Accreditation lead for Initial Teacher Education, and RATEP Academic Coordinator. RATEP is a sector-leading and award-winning community-based teacher education pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples supported by a partnership between TAFE Queensland, James Cook University and the Queensland Department of Education.  


Current projects:

Project lead: Theorising 'responsiveness' in relation to 'practice' in Australian ITE (College of Arts, Society and Education Small Grants $23503.20).

Project team: She Maps Program Evalution (WISE Grant $65.000.00).

Project team: Transition experiences of students from primary school to secondary school.

Project Team: Supporting the construction of a scholarly identity for CASE undergraduate students (HEPPP priority grant $46,879.00)  


Recently completed projects:

Project lead: Evaluating the impact of the RATEP community-based teacher education pathway on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success.

 Project team: Youth Research Grants Program (Queensland Government $200,000.00).


  • ED3297: Reflective Teaching Cycles and Positive Learning Environments (Secondary) (Level 3; TSV)
  • ED5959: Teaching for Learning in Secondary Contexts (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • ED5987: Service Learning (Secondary) (Level 5; TSV)
  • Currently, I am working on a number of projects in educational policy analysis and initial teacher education. This includes critical approaches to the development and enactment of education policy and expanding notions of professional experience and ‘classroom readiness’ beyond classroom walls to enrich pre-service teachers’ efficacy and understandings of the contexts and communities in which they teach.
  • 2022 to present - Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Course Coordinator, James Cook University
  • 2019 to present - Senior Lecturer in Education, James Cook University
  • 2017 to present - RATEP Academic Coordinator, Community-based Indigenous Teacher Education, James Cook University
  • 2014 to 2018 - Lecturer in Education, James Cook University
  • 2016 - Course Coordinator Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary), James Cook University
  • 2022 - GTPA Recognised Assessor
  • 2022 - Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education Best Reviewer Award
  • 2021 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Curriculum renewal to strengthen evidence-informed practice of preservice teachers from novice to graduate standard of practice.
  • 2019 - Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education Best Paper Award: Balancing classroom ready with community ready: enabling agency to engage with community through critical service learning
  • 2018 - Australian Award for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Enabling teachers as change agents through service learning: Maximising professional capacities, community outcomes and local global citizenship.
  • 2018 - The Australian Educational Researcher Best Paper Award: The re-creation and resolution of the 'problem' of Indigenous education in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cross-curriculum priority. (coauthor)
  • 2017 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Enabling teachers as change agents through service learning: Maximising professional capacities, community outcomes and local global citizenship.
  • 2017 - New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant ($49 500), Education for Sustainable futures: JCU Education Service Learning Placement in Cambodia
  • 2015 - Research Performance Award: Commendation for External Research Income (College of Arts, Social Sciences and Education, JCU)
  • 2013 - Phd. James Cook University
  • 2011 - Sessional Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (JCU)
  • 2011 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Recipient
  • Australian Teacher Education Association
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Australian Association of Research in Education
  • Queensland College of Teachers

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.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 28+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Peta Salter from 2009 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Queensland Government - Youth Research Grants Program

Youth Research Grants Program

Indicative Funding
$200,000 over 1 year
The Youth Research Grants Program aims to stimulate interest in research which reflects the needs and views of young people through enabling them to be involved in setting priorities for and selection of research projects. The Program supports the vision set out in the Queensland Youth Strategy (QYS) that promotes young people?s active contribution to Queensland's economic, civic and cultural life. This project aims to engage with young people (17?24-year-olds) in north and far north Queensland currently studying at James Cook University (JCU), to provide an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns, dreams and desires, and to provide inspiration for a JCU-led research project with and for youth with a focus on wellbeing, future aspirations, concerns and potential solutions to urgent issues. The project would focus on JCU discipline areas of Social Work, Sociology, Education and Creative Arts, with an intention for young people to develop and present art works- and in particular visual and wearable art- expressing their concerns and aspirations. Please refer to the Project Proposal for full details of the Project?s timing and objectives.
Natalia Veles, Glenn Dawes, Tanya Doyle, Peta Salter, Robyn Glade-Wright and Abraham Francis (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Young People; Youth Justice; creative arts; diversity; enablement

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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.

  • 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)
  • Opposition is True Friendship: Difficult Conversations, History, and Future Flourishing (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Building Teacher Capacity in the Torres Straits (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Pre-service teachers? perceptions of embedding traditional Indigenous games within Health and Physical Education teaching practices. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Aspirations for equity and excellence: A policy trajectory exploration of school improvement, informed by global policy reform, in one very remote Australian school (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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