MGSE staff news

Who's travelling?

The following MGSE staff will be travelling soon. If you have colleagues, potential RHD scholars, prospective students, events, or opportunities in or near the locations that they are travelling to, you are encouraged to get in touch with these staff directly to explore the potential for collaboration.

Michael Francis8/11/18MEL AUH RUH AUH MELAbu DhabiOther
Aine Healy12/11/18SYD MEL OOLMelbourneConference
Georgina Julian12/11/18SYD MEL OOLMelbourneConference
Christopher Hatton12/11/18MEL OOLGold CoastConference
Andrew Jahoda12/11/18MEL OOLGold CoastConference
Lynda Ball16/11/18MEL PER SIN JOG SIN MELSingaporeConference
Julie Butler12/11/18DPO MEL DPOMelbourneConference
Judy Huett12/11/18DPO MEL DPOMelbourneConference
Joseph Lobianco14/11/18MEL SYD MELSydneyConference
Joann Cattlin16/11/18
Undertake Research
Fiona Young18/11/18SYD MEL SYDMelbourneMeeting
Jim Watterston19/11/18MEL SYD PEK SYD MELBeijingConference
John Polesel19/11/18MEL SCL BOG SCL SYD MELBogataOther
Liz Carter19/11/18MEL MCY MELSunshine CoastConference
Duncan Symons20/11/18MEL BNE MELBrisbaneConference
Russell Cross1/12/18MEL SYD MELSydneyConference
Vernon Crew2/12/18ARM SYD BNE SYD ARMSydneyOther
Maurizio Toscano6/12/18MEL SYD MELSydneyConference

Staff vote 'yes' to new Enterprise Agreement

Eligible employees have voted overwhelmingly in support of the University's proposed new Enterprise Agreement. When the ballot closed at 5.00pm last Friday (26 October), 2,294 eligible members of staff had cast their vote.

Ninety-two per cent voted in favour of the ballot. The agreement will come into effect seven days after it is approved by the Fair Work Commission, with the first salary increase backdated to May 2018. The commission approval process is currently taking three to four months; the University is well prepared to provide any assistance required by the Commission to facilitate that process. Read more on the Staff HUB.

Academic procession registrations

A reminder that the MGSE Graduation Ceremony will be held on Saturday 8 December 2018  at the Royal Exhibition Building.  This ceremony will be MGSE only.If you wish to be a part of the Academic Procession please register via the University's graduation page. Registrations close on Thursday 29 November.

You will need to login with your University details and tick the ceremony you wish to attend, including the capacity in which you will be attending.

Further details about graduations can be found on the Graduation Information page.

MGSE End of Year Function

The MGSE End of Year function will be held on the 19 December 2018, commencing at 1.00pm. Please hold this date and we will provide further details in the next two weeks.

MGSE Research Development Awards Outcomes

We congratulate all the staff who were successful in receiving an award up to $5,000 generously funded by Chancellery Research and Enterprise. This scheme aims to strengthen researcher capability by either building a stronger publication track record, or developing a bid for a grant application in the next major round. All applications have been assessed by a panel, and 34 were successful.

NameTeam MembersProject title
Daniela AcquaroProf Fazal Rizvi (MW);
A/Prof David Gurr (MW)
Exploring female teachers’ work in boys’ schools & Preparing teachers for alternative settings.
Alex Bacalja Investigating trends in text lists in the Senior English Curriculum
Jane Bird

A/Prof Kate Donelan (co-CI; MW);
Dr Christine Sinclair (co-CI; MW)

Creative and innovative approaches to education and research methodology
Robert Brown

A/Prof Neryl Jeanneret (co-CI);
A.Prof John Quay (co-CI);
Dr Marnee Watkins (co-CI);
Dr Jen Anderson (RA)

Engaging young people, families and practitioners in museums and galleries. Translating research into scholarly publications.
Tan-Chyuan ChinProf Dianne Vella-Brodrick (co-CI & MW)Youth experiences and perspectives on well-being: Implications for policy and practice
Julie ChoiDr Yvette Slaughter (co-CI)The impact of plurilingual pedagogies in Australian education system
Rhonda Di BiaseMs Carmel Mesiti (co-CI);
Dr Miriam Ham (PI; UCQ);
Prof Fazal Rizvi (MW); Prof David Clarke (MW)
Investigating pedagogical practices: exploring teacher knowledge, classroom practices and the conditions for classroom reform
Sarah French

Dr Gwilym Croucher (co-CI);
Prof Sophie Arkoudis (co-CI)

Understanding career outcomes and pathways for Australian HDR graduates
Annie GowingProf Helen CahillTales from inside the classroom: Student understandings of good and bad teachers. Schools as sites of identity formation: Exploring personal and organisational understandings of self.
Amy Gullickson

Prof Jean King (MW);
Dr Ghislain Arbour (co-CI)

Advancing Evaluation Education
Mahtab JanfadaA/Prof Larissa McLean DaviesExploring a Dialogic Approach in Teaching English for Academic Purposes Contexts: Insights into Theory & Practice
Amy McKernanProf Julie McLeod (MW)Publications from Uncomfortable Histories: Learning with confronting and contested histories in Australian museums
Victoria MillarProf Jan van Driel (co-CI; MW)Developing track record in science education
Annemarie O'BrienA/Prof Larissa McLean Davies (MW)Teaching design of visual meaning in creating multimodal texts: contributing to contemporary literacy pedagogies through publication of two papers
Jon Quach Understanding how primary schools meet the developmental and health needs of their students: Examining the evidence
Maurice ToscanoProf Jan van Direl (MW)Science education: the science of what is and the art of what matters.
Marnee WatkinsDr Kathryn Coleman (co-CI)Intergenerational, relational dialogues as artist: Facilitating participatory arts-based communities of practice to support early career arts educators
Peter WoelertDr Gwilym Croucher (co-CI);
A/Prof Jens Jungblut (PI; Univ. Oslo);
Prof Jenny M. lewis (MW; School or Social Sciences/ Public Policy)
Governance dynamics and the politics of performance measurement in the university sector
Terence BowlesProf Jim Watterston (MGS);
Prof Jan van Driel (MGS);
A/Prof Lawrie Drysadale (MGS);
A/Prof David Gurr (MGS);
Dr Merryn Dawborn-Gundlack (RA);
Ms Daniela Russo (RA)
Expanding on The Facilitators and Barriers to Principals’ Intention to Leave the Education Profession: A National Perspective.
Kathryn  ColemanMs Sarah Healy (co-CI); A/Prof Patsie Polly (MW/UNSW); A/Prof Wes imms (GS); Ms Rose Hiscock (Mentor)Curiosity, Creativity and Community: The Art and Science of Practice
Hernan Cuervo

Dr Rimi Khan (PI);
Prof Johanna Wyn (MGS);
Dr Jenny Chesters (co-CI)

Australia's multicultural youth: resilience, optimism and opportunity
Jessica GerrardProf Julie McLeodEvidence, disadvantage and policy development: investigating the understanding of, and intervention into, educational disadvantage
Marian  Mahat

A/prof Wes imms (MGS);
A/Prof Wee Tiong Seah (MW);
Prof Lyn Craig (MGS/MW - Arts)

Designing for learning: Innovative spaces for innovative learning in higher education
Larissa McLean Davies

Prof Lyn Yates (GS);
Prof Stephanie Trigg (GS); RA - TBC

State of the Nation: Australian literature in secondary education (ARC Future Fellowship)
Ghislain Arbour

Paper 1 : Dr Amy Gullickson (co-CI);
Paper 2: Prof Janet Clinton (MW)

PAPER 1: The relationship between discipline, expertise and practice: where lies evaluation knowledge?
PAPER 2: Frameworks for evaluation; research, practice and institutions
Esther ChanProf David Clarke (MW)Bridging Discourse in Educational Research: A Focus on Stability and Change
Jenny ChestersA/Prof Hernan CuervoPerennial students? Learning across the life course to remain competitive in the 21st century labour market
Gwilym CroucherProf William (Bill) Lacy (PI; UC-Davis)

Exploring the future of leadership in Australian Higher Education through the eyes of its leaders

Babak DadvandProf Helen Cahill (co-CI)Publication 1: Examining the predictors of teachers’ intention to teach topics relating to gender, gender identity and prevention of gender-based violence
Publication 2: A study of peer attitudes towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) students in primary and secondary schools
Ben Deery

Dr Jon Quach (co-CI);
Dr Peggy Kern (co-CI);
Dr Nicolas Van Dam (co-CI MDHS)

Impact and implementation of a teacher-delivered mindfulness intervention on cognitive and behavioural outcomes in preschool and early primary school.
Gavin SlempDr Zhongzua Zhang (co-CI)a systematic review and meta-analysis of the antecedents and consequences of autonomous and controlled motives for careers in teaching.
Anne SuryanDr Gosia Klatt (MW)Engaging with Indonesian Education
Joanne Blannin Accounting for Teachers’ Choices to Use, or Not to Use, Digital Technologies in the Upper Primary School Classroom
Zhang Zhonghua

Prof Mark Wilson (co-CI; MW);
E-Prof Patrick Griffin (co-CI);
Dr Alom Monjurul (co-CI);
Ms Nafisa Awwal (co-CI)

A process perspective on collaborative problem solving

Visiting Professor: higher education and curriculum studies

Professor Berit Karseth from the University of Oslo is based on 100 Leicester St, Level 7 in room LW 722 and can be contacted via her email

She was recently Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences at University of Oslo, and is a previous President of the Nordic Education Research Association. Berit is known for an array of interesting research and writing, including on curricular changes in higher education knowledge work of the professions; curriculum theory and policy; and educational reforms.  Her current research projects include ‘Curriculum policy and curriculum traditions within and beyond national boundaries’, and ‘Policy knowledge and lesson drawing in Nordic school reform, in an era of international comparison’. Recent publications include:

  • Karseth, Berit & Solbrekke, Tone Dyrdal (2016). Curriculum Trends in European Higher Education: The pursuit of the Humboldtian University Ideas, In Sheila Slaughter & Jay Taylor Barrett (ed.), Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development: Competitive Advantage in Europe, the US, and Canada. Springer ISBN 978-3-319-21511-2.  part 3, chapter 11. s 215 – 233;
  • Mølstad, Christina Elde & Karseth, Berit (2016). National curricula in Norway and Finland: The role of learning outcomes. European Educational Research Journal. ISSN 1474-9041. 15(3), s 329- 344 . doi: 10.1177/1474904116639311;
  • Solbrekke, Tone Dyrdal; Englund, Tomas; Karseth, Berit & Beck, Eevi Elisabeth (2016). Educating for Professional Responsibility: From Critical Thinking to Deliberative Communication, or Why Critical Thinking Is Not Enough, In Franziska Trede & Celina McEwen (ed.),  Educating the Deliberate Professional. Springer ISBN 978-3-319-32956-7.  Kap 3.  s 29 – 44;
  • Nerland, Monika & Karseth, Berit (2015). The knowledge work of professional associations: approaches to standardisation and forms of legitimisation. Journal of Education and Work.  ISSN 1363-9080.  28(1), s 1- 23 . doi:10.1080/13639080.2013.802833

Berit will be holding a seminar on Thursday 22 November (details TBC) and will be with the Graduate School until Friday 14 December. She looks forward to talking with colleagues and students with interests in these areas.

New Director for Melbourne's Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Dr William Locke has been appointed as the new Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

Dr Locke is currently Reader in Higher Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, where he is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) and Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE). Dr Locke has published extensively on topics such as higher education policy, management and governance of institutions and the changing academic profession. He is also a dedicated teacher at all levels of education, and has led the development of highly-regarded professional development programs for people in the sector, most notably the internationally-renowned MBA in Higher Education Management at the UCL Institute of Education.  He was formerly Head of Learning and Teaching policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England.  Prior to this, he was Assistant Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI) at the Open University and Deputy Director of Policy Development at Universities UK.  He is a member of the Governing Council and Publications Committee of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and founding Joint Editor of the SRHE journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education.

Nominations for the Dean's Lecture Series 2019

With the 2018 Dean’s Lecture Series soon drawing to a close it is now time to call for speaker nominations for the 2019 series.

Jim is seeking your suggestions on international or interstate academics and other leaders who you think would be suitable and available to present as part of next year’s series.  As our Dean’s Lectures provide a platform for discussion and debate in the education community, we are looking for leaders who have a widely recognised capacity to speak on education related topics with significant public interest.

To make a suggestion please provide the following information to Liz Carter by Friday 16 November with the following details:

  • Name of proposed speaker and their institution
  • Their area of expertise
  • Possible lecture topic, and
  • Likely date for availability.

Please note that we do not have funding to support travel, accommodation or an honorarium. We expect that nominated speakers will already be travelling to Melbourne.

The final lecture in the 2018 series will be presented by Professor Lindsay Oades on Wednesday 14 November. This lecture will be held as part of our 10 year anniversary activities. Further details and registration can be found on the registration page.

Voices for Justice, Stories for Change

On Thursday 25 October the Justice-involved Young People Network and Conflict, Development, Justice Research Cluster from Criminology hosted the Voices for Justice, Stories for Change event at MGSE. The Koorie Youth Council reported on their Ngaga-dji project and there were conversations between African Australian and Koorie young people working to combat the effects of racism in their communities and build the strength and capacity within their communities. It was a powerful event, captured here on SBS World News on Friday 26th October. If you are interested in being involved in this work or finding out more please email Sophie Rudolph.

Academic Women in Leadership Program 2019

This Leadership Program is one of several strategies aimed at addressing women’s under-representation in higher level academic appointments and on key policy, decision making and governance bodies. This remains an issue of strategic importance to the University.

As potential participants are required to speak with the Dean to gain endorsement for their application,  applicants are asked to arrange a meeting by  Monday 19 November at the latest to enable MGSE to assess all applications and ensure they are submitted by the official close date of Monday 26  November.  Please also ensure you speak with your direct supervisor prior to finalising your application.

If you have any questions about the program or the process, please contact the Program Manager, Julie Eastman via email or call ext 44159. Alternatively you can contact the Dean directly.