Researchers

Emeritus Professor Bruce Johnson

University of South Australia

Bruce Johnson is a Professor of Education at the University of South Australia where he recently completed a four year term as Dean: Research Education.

His research interests include human resilience, curriculum theory and development, school reform, and classroom management. He is a Key Researcher in the Hawke Research Institute with an active research program that includes international collaborations with colleagues in the UK.

Dr Anna Sullivan

University of South Australia

Anna Sullivan is currently a Senior Lecturer with the School of Education at the University of South Australia. She has a strong commitment to education and a particular interest, background and experience in primary education. Her professional experience of over 10 years as a classroom teacher in South Australia, New South Wales and in England has provided her with experience in a variety of education systems, and has enabled her to work in both private and government schools. This experience in the profession contributes significantly to her activities. In higher education, Anna has worked at Edith Cowan University and Curtin University. Her current research interests include early career teachers, teaching, classroom management and qualitative research.

Professor Michele Simons

Dean of the School of Education, University of Western Sydney

Michele Simons is the Dean and Professor of Education at the University of Western Sydney. Prior to this role she has held a number of leadership positions at the University of South Australia including a term as Head and Dean of the School of Education.

Michele's research interests include professional learning, workforce development and learning in non-school settings. She has held a number of grants from the National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation (NVETRE) and ARC Linkage programs and is the current President of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) and Treasurer for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

Dr Judith Peters

University of South Australia

Judy Peters is currently an Adjunct Lecturer with the School of Education at the University of South Australia. Her professional experience comprises 18 years in primary school teaching, leadership and advisory roles in the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development and 24 years as a teacher educator and researcher. She has been involved in a number of school/university partnership projects including a 10 year consultancy role in Learning to Learn/Teaching for Effective Learning. Her current research interests include early career teachers, school leadership, pre-service teacher learning and qualitative research.

Dr Peter Arnold

University of South Australia

Peter is an experienced educator and former classroom teacher and school Principal. He has worked extensively and regularly across New South Wales and South Australia in all levels of schooling and education sectors (Public schools, TAFE, Tertiary).

He completed his Doctor of Philosophy with a research focus on school leadership’s emotional dimension. His current research interests include school leadership and teacher development.

Jim Davies

Principals Australia Institute, Chief Executive Officer

Jim’s expertise and experience as an educator and secondary school principal is extensive. He was principal of the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS), a senior secondary school established in partnership with Flinders University in the period 2003-2010.

Jim previously held leadership positions within the education system in South Australia including District Superintendent, Principal and Superintendent leading the introduction of local school management throughout the public education system in South Australia. Prior to his career in educational leadership and administration, Jim taught agricultural science, science and health education and was the program leader at Urrbrae Agricultural High School.

Jim is the immediate past president of the South Australian Secondary Principals Association (SASPA), having this leadership role in the period 2005-2011.He has recently been awarded adjunct academic status as an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Humanities and Law at Flinders University. Jim is currently completing his doctorate with a research focus on school leadership.

Jo Mason

Director Professional Services at Principals Australia Institute Ltd

Jo Mason is the Director of Professional Services for Principals Australia Institute. PAI is the professions own provider of professional development and runs a number of major national schools programs on diversity, community participation, health promotion and international and national leadership in Australia.

Jo was PAI National Coordinator for the MindMatters project for mental health for secondary age students since 2000.through to 2009 that has reached over 100,000 secondary school staff and has also worked as National Coordinator for Dare to Lead the major national leadership program on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education through 2010.

Jo currently undertakes PAI professional development and services including online services for school systems, professional associations, individual schools and other organisations in the area of leadership, whole workplace health and wellbeing, child protection curriculum, leading curriculum and staff professional development, change and performance management. Jo works across education and the private sector.

Jo has also worked for 10 years as Human Resource Manager and Business Manager in both not for profit Aged Care sector and in two local government settings. Jo has also worked as a private consultant in Corporate Training and Development to business corporations and in leading Staff Occupational Health and Safety projects.

Moving on ....

Mark Spavell (top) and Dr Tony Daly (below) have been key members of the RQT research team but have moved to new pursuits. We thank them for their contributions to this research project and wish them well in their new positions.

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