Dr Adam is an Adjunct senior lecturer in the School of Education.  He has a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Hons) from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master of Education by Research (Hons) from James Cook University and a Postgraduate Certificate of Cognitive Science and PhD from the University of Queensland.

Dr Adam is strongly committed to the teaching profession. He has over 16 years of experience in the field and in 2010 was awarded the Overall JCU teaching citation and a national ALTC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Dr Adam's research focuses on epistemological change and development in cultural contexts. He has published his research in peer reviewed journals and book chapters and has presented his work at numerous conferences and symposia. 

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Education for Wicked Problems and the Reconciliation of Opposites: A Theory of Bi-relational Development: This book is the culmination of conceptual and empirical research into ways of knowing and being in relation to dyads (e.g. nature/culture; conservative/liberal; local/global; spirit/matter)

Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: Dr Adam and his team designed this website to support first year students' academic literacy.


  • Dr Adam conducts research in developmental epistemology (i.e. how we know) in order to inform pedagogy (i.e. how to teach for complex knowing). He applies these theoretical interests in diverse fields including religious-secular dialogue, teacher identity, academic literacy and conflict resolution.
  • 2015 to present - Adjunct Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2010 to 2015 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2007 - Lecturer, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Lecturer & Tutor (Casual), University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2000 to 2003 - Secondary School Teacher, Townsville Grammar School (Townsville)
  • 1997 to 1999 - Secondary School Teacher, Annandale Christian College (Townsville)
  • 2011 - HERDEC Publications Performance Award
  • 2010 - Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning, JCU
  • 2009 - Highest Ranked Subject, JCU
  • 1992 - Philip-Fox Bursary for Study of Law
  • 2010 - National Citation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, ALTC
  • 2010 - Overall JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning, James Cook University
  • 2008 - Dean's List for Outstanding Thesis, University of Queensland
  • Queensland College of Teachers
  • Australian Teacher Educator Association
  • Non-Religion and Secularity Research Network
  • Australian Association for the Study of Religions
  • International Association for the Psychology of Religion
  • Faith Development Research Network

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 17+ research outputs authored by Dr Raoul Adam from 2008 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.

  • The Search for Counsellor's Professional Identity: A Singapore Study (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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