About Me

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I am a Universitetslektor i Pedagogiskt Arbete med Inriktning Högskolepedagogik (Senior Lecturer in Pedagogical Work Specialising in Higher Education) in the Sektionen för Pedagogisk Utveckling och Forskning (PUF) (Department of Educational Research and Development) within the Akademin för Bibliotek, Information, Pedagogik och IT (Academy of Library, Information, Education and IT) at the University of Borås, Sweden.

I am also a member of Pedagogy, Education and Praxis (PEP) International, a collaborative research network involving researchers from Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Colombia, the Caribbean, New Zealand, and Australia.

In 2014, I completed PhD research, as a Research Institute of Professional Practice, Learning, and Education (RIPPLE) scholarship holder, into critical pedagogical praxis and how it can be nurtured in higher education. The research involved examining conditions which constrain and enable this kind of teaching practice in a particular university setting. My supervisors were Professor Stephen Kemmis, Dr Laurette Bristol and Professor Lisa Given. See my ‘Research‘ page for more details.

I began teaching in universities in 2008 as a lecturer in the Outdoor Education program at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia. I have since taught in both undergraduate and post-graduate programs. My scholarly and professional interests include praxis; pedagogy; professional learning; practice theory; praxis-oriented research; educators’ engagement with theory; higher education; teacher education; Indigenous education; outdoor education.

Before becoming an academic, I was the Deputy Principal of a remote Indigenous community school (P-12) in the Northern Territory, Australia. Prior to that, I spent four years as a full-time outdoor education teacher (Senior Teacher) in Queensland outdoor education centres, and many years as an English teacher in Queensland secondary schools. These experiences fuelled a passion for education that has deepened throughout my professional life.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, 2014
  • Master of Education (Hons), University of Tasmania, 2010
  • Master of Arts (Outdoor Education), Griffith University, 2002
  • Bachelor of Education, James Cook University, 1987

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