Misty M. Kirby, Ph.D., Senior Fellow HEA CV

Relevant Work Experience

September 2021 to present

English Teacher, Middle School, Grade 7 (ELA), Upstate, New York, USA

·       Engaging youths in improving written and spoken communication, as well as the importance of being a positive force of change at home and in our community.

·       Workshop Facilitator: District Wide DEI PD Implementation: Implicit Bias & Cultural Competency

·       Faculty Sponsor: Student LGBTQ+ club, meets 3 times weekly

·       Summer School Academy, 5th Grade ELA teacher, Summer 2022: Bespoke curriculum created to embed literacy through nature in our school garden and the culinary arts through cooking and baking.

January 2021 to present

Education Collaborator & Consultant, Kirby Global Connections

*Intentional, system wide equity & inclusion audit, consultation and training. This work must be system-wide since systemic failures must be addressed throughout a school system.

*Assessment & evaluation coaching, Education Leadership consultation, International Education consult, adult and young adult coaching, instructional leader & teacher professional development, research planning consultation, research assistance & support, grants evaluator

April 2017 – April 2020                          

Faculty Academic Lead/ Lecturer, Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Arts & Education, Charles Sturt University

Albury, New South Wales, Australia

Key Responsibilities:

*Recruited for this three-year fixed term position to facilitate a higher quality learning and teaching experience for university students and academics working in a newly formed faculty in a time of upheaval, course reviews, reaccreditation and centralised operational changes in service delivery provided by the University.

  • Facilitated operational change management with School of Education academics across four Regional/ rural campuses.
  • Provided leadership and expertise through the management of subject revisions throughout the reaccreditation process with NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) and AITSL (Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership) for Quality Assurance and policy compliance for Bachelor’s courses in Primary, Secondary and K12 Teacher Education courses.  Worked with Course Director of Early Childhood Education to submit reaccreditation through ACEQA (The Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority) to ensure alignment to the NQF (National Quality Framework). 
  • Provided technical and curricular support for the Course Director & Review Committee for the Bachelor’s in Adult Education, Master of International Education (School Leadership) and Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary).
  • Provided course/degree level technical assistance through the application of best practice principles in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment design and development. 
  • Provided oversight and technical assistance to meet national requirements (Australia Quality Framework standards for post-secondary education) in Bachelor and Master’s Teacher Education courses, as well as Masters courses in Education and International Education (School Leadership) and a suite of Teacher Education courses across Birth-12. 
  • Mentored and built capacity with academic teaching staff, permanent and casual.
  • Made decisions on policy implementation within the Teacher Education programs.
  • Collaborated across multiple portfolios to meet job requirements. Before my departure, this was brought to Faculty and University executives as a model to work through difficult problems.
  • Developed and implemented Faculty academic staff professional development through faculty and school level targeted workshops. Bespoke academic coaching to assist staff in balancing the demands of research, teaching and service. Sought solutions to nurture reflection and learning, leading to growth and better time management for several academic staff.
  • Communication of innovative collaborative ways of working at an international conference Improving University Teaching, as well as domestic conferences.
  • Senior Fellowship, HEA (UK) awarded in June 2020 in demonstration of my “commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development”.

February 2017 – October 2020              

Principal Investigator, Research. ePortfolios PLC, Australia

Key Responsibilities:

  • Led a mixed methods seven-university study of Australian health and education university faculties on ePortfolio implementation.
  • Data analysis (quantitative using SPSS and qualitative using Excel)
  • Coordinating the development of an open source digital suite of modules for staff and student training in eProfessionalism and applying ethical decision-making principles online.
  • Communication of research findings in written and oral form for both Australian and international conferences and publications (e.g. HERDSA 2019)
  • Developed policy to protect the confidentiality and consent of patients for 2020 implementation with all university students engaged with Canberra Health Services (ACT, Australia) during a Workplace Learning Placement.
  • Developed a team, ePortfolios Australia’s Community of Practice, to conduct research to solve the problems of practice we faced across several institutions.

January 2010 – July 2016                

Assistant Professor Education & Education Leadership, Faculty of ESTEM (Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics)

University of Canberra, Australia

Key Responsibilities:

*One highlight of my Pre-Service Teacher Education Leadership: Developed and implemented the Professional Conversations Model, which uses the National Professional Standards for Teachers and Productive Pedagogies research (Hayes, Lingard, Mills & Christie, 2006). See Professional Conversations: Mentor teachers’ theories-in-use using the Australian national professional standards for teachersin the Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2012, Vol 37, Issue 12.

  • Maximised student retention across large and small undergraduate face to face and blended cohorts (150-535 students) through effective teaching with a clear communication strategy, which included building relationships with students from Week 1, providing feedback to students, responding to student needs in teaching, as well as responding to learning analytics provided through the LMS (Moodle).
  • Established and maintained networks with scholars, practitioners, policy makers, K12 and Higher Education leaders in Australia, NZ, the USA, Hong Kong and four Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines & Vietnam)
  • Active and sustained contribution to improving flexible learning via creation of an EdD cohort model in Melbourne to conduct R&D in their institute to solve problems of practice.
  • Demonstrated ongoing professional development through international and national benchmarking of subjects, peer review and conducting regular focus groups throughout the year with students
  • Innovated and improved workflow of grading assessments for large cohorts of students (500-700) through embedding and scaffolding peer feedback, valuing and engaging in network learning, and using online tools to maximise time efficiencies in marking without compromising quality of student feedback.
  • Coordinated with the Office of Professional Experience and local schools for Professional Experience Placements for Bachelor students. 
  • Hired, coordinated and allocated staff teaching teams. Evaluated team members’ performance with students and the teams for future planning.
  • Mentoring and support of colleagues with online systems (eg Moodle) for rigorous instructional design.
  • Conducted subject evaluations for continual improvement of the student experience.
  • As Academic Board faculty representative, I liaised with colleagues around pertinent academic issues and policy, as well as provided advice to the Board, Council and the Vice Chancellor regarding academic issues within the faculty.
  • Provided expert advice and technical assistance as the Academic Board representative to the University Education Committee and the University Research Committee. 
  • As a Management Committee Member and advocate for the Wiradjuri Preschool and Childcare Centre, I provided advice on program quality and implementation, as well as issues around resources, policy adherence and growth modelling for business sustainability.
  • Coordinated professional development for teachers with TQI (accrediting body) to better support university pre-service teachers on Workplace Learning Placements.

August 2008 – December 2009        

Instructional Coach for English/Literacy, Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, Virginia

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinated with Johns Hopkins University to implement professional development for English teachers across five urban high schools in improving literacy instruction for Year 9 students.
  • Coaching English teachers to improve the teaching and learning experience and build capacity in teachers.
  • Provided modelling of instructional strategies to support students’ reading improvement.
  • Provided technical and research expertise to organisational stakeholders across multiple portfolios. 
  • Management of longitudinal student assessment data to provide evidence of program efficacy
  • Provided advice and technical assistance around program implementation to Federal grant authorities.
  • Developed protocols for school communications to parents and carers.
  • As a member of the Secondary Instruction and Youth Development Implementation team, we examined existing programs and developed a comprehensive program for 2010 to better meet the needs of students (In 2008, the graduation rate was 72.9%; in 2019, it increased to 94.8%).

August 2005 – May 2009                  

Graduate Assistant to Professors Michael DiPaola and Megan Tschannen-Moran

William & Mary School of Education, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supported Prof Michael DiPaola and Prof Megan Tschannen-Moran in course preparation for Masters and Doctoral students in K12 Education Leadership.
  • Provided research assistance in data collection for school climate projects across Virginia.
  • Quantitative data analysis with SPSS
  • Provided research assistance for a joint project with Prof Cynthia Uline (San Diego State University) and Prof Tschannen-Moran’s research, The walls speak: the interplay of quality facilities, school climate, and student achievement.
  • Drafted accompanying workbook for school principals to use as a companion to Principal Improving Instruction: Supervision, Evaluation and Professional Development (2008), now in its fourth edition.
  • Editing of manuscripts for publication in top tiered Education Leadership journals.
  • Manuscript preparation of edited books in the series Essential Ideas for the Reform of American Schools.
  • Provided operational support and advice to Prof DiPaola during his annual summer Undergraduate Leadership class with Linguaviva, based in Florence, Italy.

May 2007 – November 2009             

National Fellow (2008-2009), Research Intern (2007)

National Center for Urban School Transformation

San Diego State University,

San Diego, California

Key Responsibilities:

  • As a National Fellow, provided expertise and evaluation for the national Excellence in Education awards, as well as assisted the Center in research dissemination of the California Continuation High School study conducted during my internship.
  • Supported Southern California PI Dr. Lynne Perez in data collection through school visits, interviews with students and principals, county and state officials on California’s primary dropout prevention education option: the Continuation High School.
  • Conducted a review of the literature on school dropouts and dropout prevention strategies across the USA, UK and Australia.
  • Analysis of qualitative data using NVivo. 
  • Coordinated with the Northern California PI and team, led by Dr Milbrey McLaughlin of the Stanford Graduate School of Education and Jorge Ruiz de Valasco, from Stanford’s John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. 
  • Communication of research data in written and oral form at AERA, an International conference in New York, NY. 

June 2003 – August 2005                 

Secondary English Teacher & English Department Chair

Westchester Manhattanville Magnet Academy

Purchase, New York

Key Responsibilities:

  • Taught 5 small classes (25 students each) in English Language Arts(ELA), aligned to the ELA Core Curriculum of the State of New York, years 9-11 in a small lab school located on a University campus.
  • Served as Policy Board Member of the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center of Westchester County, NY.
  • Served as Executive Teacher Member with the Building Leadership Committee of Manhattanville College (University).
  • Managed financial resources, human resources for English, and other material resources for English Language Arts.
  • Designed, developed and implemented schoolwide professional development on Project Based Learning and Differentiating Instruction based on teacher needs.
  • Engaged with the local community through participation in writing and arts projects.
  • Facilitated and advised students in the creation of the school’s first yearbook.
  • Adhered to state and federal policy requirements in providing the Least Restrictive Environment for students while providing instruction to meet their various needs.
  • Implemented and evaluated peer teaching across the school to further build capacity.
  • Commissioned and co-developed schoolwide PBL units to further integrate student learning across multiple subjects. 
  • Served students as a mentor in ‘homeroom’ class each day to ensure students’ needs were being met.
  • Created a process to improve administrative functions of the department to improve efficiencies at the school and district level.
  • Provided advice for Year 11 Regents Examination preparation for students to District Executives.
  • Attended Individual Education Plan meetings and provided appropriate advice and follow through for my students with disabilities.
  • Provided school-approved out of school cultural activities for students (eg museum trips, Broadway plays and behind the scenes with actors)

June 2000 – August 2004                 

New York City Department of Education:  Middle & High School Teacher Trainer, New York Urban Teachers, The New Teacher Project (2003-2004), Manhattan;

English 9, 10, 11 & Journalism Teacher, Regents Exam Tutor, Herbert H. Lehman High School (2001-2003);

Literacy Teacher, 6th & 8th grade, Intermediate School 158 (2000-2001),

Bronx, New York

Key Responsibilities:

  • As a teacher trainer, I implemented The New Teacher Project’s curriculum around classroom management, instructional design and delivery, building positive classroom culture and self-management to new-to-the City teachers.
  • As a high school teacher, I taught 5 sections per day (34 students per class) English, aligned to the English Language Arts Core Curriculum of the State of New York, years 9-11. Also taught Journalism and produced the school newspaper (school size=5000 students; 500 teachers).
  • Attended arts-enriched professional development put on by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Initiated curriculum-integrated arts opportunities with Year 6 students through my partnerships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall.
  • Provided students enriching out-of-school activities to extend classroom learning (eg. After reading Night, we visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan.)
  • Coordinated after school English Regents Exam tutoring, T, W and Th.
  • As a year 6 teacher, I worked with 5 classes of 15 students who were at least three years ‘behind’ in their reading and writing to improve literacy; by the end of the year, all students tested ‘at grade level’ on the NYC 6th Grade ELA exam.
  • Established and maintained a relationship with the Link UP! Program at Carnegie Hall to collaborate on a music/ELA integrated project on Dvořák’s 9th Symphony; brought 24 students to Carnegie Hall to participate.
  • Attended Individual Education Plan meetings and provided appropriate advice and follow through for my students with disabilities.

July 1999 – April 2000                      

English Teacher, Years 8 & 9, Rhinecliff Union Free School,

Rhinecliff, New York

Key Responsibilities:

  • Taught five sections of English Language Arts to students in a class sized no larger than 15, as this was a juvenile detention facility.
  • Regularly communicated with school psychologist, residential psychologist and social workers to ensure the needs of the students were being met both at school and in the residences.
  • Advocated for students in Individual Education Plan meetings (typically no carer or parent was present) to ensure appropriate advice and follow through were allocated for students with disabilities, which was 90% of our school population.
  • Participated in conflict resolution workshops and mental health workshops to better serve the needs of my students. 
  • Facilitated after-care for two students released during my tenure in an attempt to reduce recidivism. 


Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK) – In recognition of Higher Education leadership in teaching and learning from 2015, June 2020

University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award nomination by students, 2014

University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Academic Research Excellence Award nomination, 2013

Professional Certification

Permanent Public School Teacher Certification with the University of the State of New York, Education Department, English 7-12, Permanent, State University of New York.

Professional Associations

Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2006-present

Associate Editor, Multicultural Education Review, 2015-present

Member, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Principal Investigator, ePortfolios Australia Community of Practice, 2017-2020

Facilitator, The Association for Authentic, Experiential & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), 2019-present

Editorial Board Member, American Secondary Education Journal (ASEJ), 2010-2017

Other, Leadership

Academic Board Member, elected member   Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics’ twice-elected faculty representative on the board responsible for all academic matters related to University policies, 2013-2016.

Academic Board Review Working Party       2015-2016

University Education Committee, member   Academic Board member representative on their standing committee to provide leadership on policy and strategy to improve the quality of teaching and learning, 2014-2016.

University Research Committee, member     Academic Board member representative on their standing committee to advise the Board and Vice Chancellor (President) on research objectives and strategies and provided advice on performance, research training policy and implementation, 2014-2016.

Management Committee Member                 Wiradjui Preschool and Childcare Centre

University Course/Program Co-Convening   University of Canberra/Holmesglen EdD Cohort in Education Leadership, Melbourne, Victoria, 2013-2017.

Accreditation Authorities, consultant           ISTAA (Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority, NSW & ACT)

Supported 2015 Action Research Pilot Project for Experienced Teachers in NSW & ACT with webinars and resources on Action Research Methodology and Data Analysis.

TQI (Teacher Quality Institute, Canberra, ACT)

Extensive support and technical assistance around the implementation of ePortfolios and professional identity development for classroom teachers, 2013-2015.

Innovative Teaching & Learning Leader        University of Canberra, 2010-2011.

Other, Scholarly Activities

Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow            The Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership & Change, The Education University of Hong Kong, 2015; 2015-2017.

University Teaching (selection)                    

Doctoral: Introduction to Research Methods; Action Research; Education Leadership

Masters: Education Leadership & Change; Evidence-Based Education Leadership; Teacher as Researcher; Current Issues in Curriculum

Bachelor: Education Foundations; Teacher as Researcher; Curriculum, Pedagogy & Practice; Foundations of Middle School Education; Professional Experience/Field Placement

Invited Reviewer (selection)                         

Books: Educational Psychology by Hoy and Margetts; (Pearson) Research for Educators by Kervin & Vialle (Cengage); Teaching: Making a Difference by Churchill et al (Wiley); Global Education (Sage)

Journals: Journal of Educational Administration; Asia Pacific Education Review; Asia Pacific Journal of Education; Global Partners in Education Journal; International Journal of Organizational Analysis


Refereed Publications:

Kirby, M. M., Slade, C.S., Brown Wilson, C., Downer, T., Fisher, M.B., Siddiqui, Z., Isbel, S., McAllister, L., & Miller, A. (in revisions for press). A call to action for eProfessionalism: Supporting emerging health and education practitioners build their online presence through ePortfolio use, for the Journal of Computing in Higher Education.

Brown Wilson, C., Slade, C., Kirby, M. M., Downer, T., Fisher, M., & Nuessler, S. (2018). Digital ethics and the use of the ePortfolio: A scoping review of the literature.  International Journal of ePortfolio, 8(2), 115-126.

Isbel, S., Kirby, M., Bevitt, T., & Nuessler, S. (2017). Occupational therapy students’ acceptance of using an E-Portfolio to support practice education. JSM Health Education & Primary Health Care 2(1), 1024.

Kirby, M. M. & Crawford, E. O. (2012). The preparation of globally competent teachers: A comparison of American and Australian education policies and perspectives. Global Partners in Education Journal, 2(1), 12-24.

Kirby, M. M. & DiPaola, M. F. (2011). Academic optimism and community engagement in urban schools. Journal of Educational Administration, 49(5), 542-562.

Crawford, E. O. & Kirby, M. M. (2008).  Fostering students’ global awareness:  Technology applications in social studies teaching and learning. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 2(1), 56-73.

Book Chapters:

Kirby, M. M. (2018). Leaving everything. In A. T. Kemp (Ed.), Dignity of the Calling: Educators Share the Beginnings of Their Journeys. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Lee, M. & Kirby, M. M. (2016).  The promises and perils of school leadership for accountability: Four lessons from China, Hong Kong and India. In P. Tulowitzki & J. Easley (Eds.). Educational Accountability: International Perspectives on Challenges and Possibilities for School Leadership.  London: Routledge.

Kirby, M. M. & DiPaola, M. F. (2009).  Academic optimism and student achievement: A path model.  In W. K. Hoy & M. F. DiPaola (Eds.). Studies in School Improvement: Volume 8 in the Series— Research and Theory in Educational Administration.  Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Peer Reviewed Conference Articles:

Slade, C.S., Brown Wilson, C., Kirby, M.M., Downer, T., Fisher, M.B, & Isbel, S. (2018, October). A new concern: Ethical decision making in students’ secondary use of data from their ePortfolios. Paper presented at the ePortfolios Australia Forum, Brisbane, Qld.

Crawford, E. O. & Kirby, M. M. (2014, May). Preparing teachers for global competency: Key dimensions and innovative practices. Paper presented at the annual meeting of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, San Diego, CA. 

Crawford, E. O. & Kirby, M. M. (2011, April).  Global education in American and Australian teacher preparation: A comparison of policy, perception, and practice. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AERA: American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Perez, L. G., Johnson, J. F., & Kirby, M. M. (2008, April).  Continuation high schools:  An inside look at California’s primary dropout intervention program.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AERA: American Educational Research Association, New York.

Kirby, M. M. & DiPaola, M. F. (2008, October).  Academic optimism and student achievement.  Paper presented at the annual convention of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), Orlando, Florida.

Works Under Review:

Kirby, M. (under review). Opening the digital door: Nurturing early career academics’ professional identity development with ePortfolios for the International Journal of Academic Development.

Crawford, E. O. & Kirby, M. M. (under peer review). Conceptualizing teachers’ global competencies: What it means for preparing tomorrow’s global educators.


Kirby, M.M., Slade, C., & Downer, T. (2020, October).  Digital ethics in ePortfolio practice.  ePortfolios Australia (Virtual) Forum, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Mitchell, K., Cotton, T., Young, T., Trahar, P., & Kirby, M. M. (2020, October).  ePortfolio Hackathon: Bring your ePortfolio problem to the Brains Trust.  ePortfolios Australia (Virtual) Forum, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Polly, P., Reynolds, C., Rhodes, T., Kelly, K., Slade, C., Coleman, K., Kirby, M. M. (2020, October).  Re-imag[in]ing You! Reflecting on your gains, losses and possibilities in these times. Special collaborative panel with AAEEBL & ePortfolios Australia. Australia (Virtual) Forum, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Kirby, M. M., Slade, C., Isbel, S., & Fisher, M.B. (2019, November). Exploring ePortfolio practice in health and education: A need for Digital Ethics Guidelines. ePortfolios Australia Forum, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Kirby, M.M., Slade, C., & Fisher, M.B. (2019, November).  Exploring opportunities for multi-univeristy collaborative research.  ePortfolios Australia Forum, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Slade, C., Kirby, M.M., & Fisher, M.B. (2019, November).  Co-designing guidelines to protect vulmerable groups in student ePortfolio use. ePortfolios Australia Forum, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Kirby, M. M., Slade, C., Downer, T. (2019, July). Opportunities in multi-university collaborative research.  HERDSA Conference, Auckland, NZ.

Kirby, M. M., Slade, C.S., Brown Wilson, C., Downer, T., Fisher, M.B., Siddiqui, Z., Isbel, S., McAllister, L., & Miller, A. (2019, July). Student Secondary Use of ePortfolio Data: A Need for Digital Ethics Guidelines. HERDSA Conference, Auckland NZ.

Kirby, M. M., Downer, T., Fisher, M., Slade, C., & McAllister, L. (2018, October). Exploring the implications of ePortfolio use with vulnerable populations. ePortfolios Australia Forum, Brisbane, QLD.

Kirby, M. M., Lord, S., Sack, J., & Thompson, N. (2018, June).  #BetterTogether: Improving teaching and learning through collaborative practice. 43rd Annual Improving University Teaching (IUT) Conference, Port Macquarie, NSW.

Kirby, M. M., Mitchell, K., Downer, T., & Nuessler, S. (2017, September). Exploring the functions of assessment driven ePortfolio use in the context of vulnerable communities. ePortfolios Australia Forum, Melbourne, VIC.

Isbel, S., Kirby, M. M., Nuessler, S., & Bevitt, T. (2015, April). Occupational therapy students’ acceptance of using an e-portfolio to support practice education. Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE), Newcastle, NSW.

Kirby, M. M. (2014, July). ECARx: Early career academic researchers’ experience using ePortfolios. Poster presentation at the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Conference, Hong Kong.

Kirby, M. M. (2014, March). ECARx: Early career academic researchers’ experience using ePortfolios. Paper presented at the first Mahara Hui conference, Wellington, NZ.

Kirby, M. M. & Nuessler, S. (2014, March). SmartEvidence: Improving ePortfolio quality through intervention. Paper presented at the first Mahara Hui conference, Wellington, NZ.

Kirby, M. M., Hay, I., Collins, A. & Shann, S. (2013, October). Documenting your professional journey.  ePortfolios Australia Forum, Canberra, ACT.

 *Proposals accepted at ECER 2014 and EARLI 2015 Europe, but there was no funding for travel

Scholarly and Professional Activities

Multicultural Education Review

Associate Editor, 2015-present

ePortfolios Australia

Invited speaker, September webinar, The interplay between portfolios, social media and digital identity, September 2019

Invited speaker, August webinar, Researching with ePortfolios in higher education: Process, pitfalls and epiphanies, August 2018                                                                                                   

The Association for Authentic, Experiential, & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL)

Invited panellist, Defining digital ethics when using eportfolios         May 2020

Invited moderator, Twitterchat #ePortfolio                                         Aug & Nov 2019

Invited speaker, webinar for NYC conference                                      July 2019     

The Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change, Hong Kong Institute of Education (now The Education University of Hong Kong)

Visiting Scholar with Prof Alan Walker, Feb-Apr 2015                                                    

Research Fellow, 2015-2017                                                                                         

Invited Participant, Asia Leadership Roundtable 2015, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand with Prof Phillip Hallinger, March 2015                                                                                  

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Member, 2006-present                                                                                                  

Invited Panel Reviewer for Annual Meeting, 2010-2016                                          

Mahara ePortfolios/Catalyst IT NZ

Project Smart Evidence. 

Collaborated with academics across UC faculty and (open source) Catalyst NZ programmers to improve Mahara functionality for users to display evidence maps electronically. Released in Mahara 15.04 on 17 April 2015. Further work with other organisations is ongoing and Smart Evidence is continually being improved through its implementation in K12 and University education worldwide.  2013-2016                                                           

American Secondary Education Journal

Editorial Board Member 2010-2017                                                                       

University of Wollongong, Learning & Teaching Centre                         

Invited by Dr. Christine Brown to present workshops on ePortfolio implementation, Feb 2015

TQI: Teacher Quality Institute

Australian Capital Territory TQI ePortfolio Professional Development Workshops: Planning and Implementation, 2013-2015

ISTAA: Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority, NSW

Invited cohort facilitator to lead a series of four webinars on action research data collection, analysis and implications to support the Experienced Teachers earning accreditation. 2015                                                               

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Member                                                                                                  2014-present

Invited Reviewer for Annual Conference                                                          2014 

University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)

Reviewer for Annual Convention, 2008- 2010; 2015                                                

Project Advisory Group for the NSW School Partnerships Evaluation            2012

ACT Department of Education and Training

Academic Mentor, Kingsford Smith School (K-10)                                            2010                                                                                                                                               

Invited Manuscript Referee for the Following Journals:

            Journal of Educational Administration

            Asia Pacific Education Review

            Asia Pacific Journal of Education

            International Journal of Educational Management

            International Journal of Organizational Analysis

Book Reviews

            Sage in Global Education                                                                                             

            Cengage Publishing                                                                                             

            Pearson (Anita Woolfolk Hoy’s Australian edition of Educational Psychology)                                           


Professional Identity Formation of Regional Australian Teacher Education Students, 2019

            Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Arts & Education Research Assistant Grant, $13,000.

CMEG On the Move, 2016

            Department of Social Services, Volunteer Grant, $5000 of funding to facilitate first aid training for volunteer facilitators in the local community group, Canberra Mums Exercise Group (CMEG), which has now expanded nationwide as MEGA (Mums Exercise Group of Australia).

The Goulburn Strings Project, 2014-2017 (GSP is ongoing in Goulburn Public)

            Lead PI on Research in the Goulburn Strings Project with Dr. Anita Collins, a Goulburn primary school and the Goulburn Regional Conservatory of Music.  $40,000 of funding from the Vincent Fairfax Foundation. Another $40,000 has been donated directly to the school by private donors to provide continued support for the students. The Goulburn Strings Project is ongoing and currently funded by private donations and in kind gifts like the weekly tutoring visits to Goulburn from Sydney by Patron Kirsten Williams, Associate Concertmaster Emeritus of Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

University of Canberra Outside Studies Program, 2015

            Funding ($12,000) to work as a Visiting Scholar in early 2015 at The Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change, Hong Kong Institute of Education (now The Education University of Hong Kong).

Doctoral supervision

Paramjit Tyndall, EdD, University of Canberra, 2013-2017 (co-chair)

  • An Integrated Framework for Strategic Institutional Partnerships: A Mixed Methods Case Study of Higher Education at a TAFE Institute

Gabrielle O’Kane, PhD, University of Canberra, 2012-2014 (advisor)

  • A Moveable Feast: Towards a Better Understanding of Pathways to Food Citizenship

Masters Project supervision

Raegina Taylor, MA, University of Canberra, 2013

  • Pre service Teachers’ Understanding of Indigenous Education through the Use of Case Study Methodology in Assessment

Highlights prior to 2007

Personal Liaison to Jonathan Kozol during campus visit for Project HOPE’s Annual Conference, Flinging Our Arms Wide: Providing School Stability for Students in Need, February 2006.

Member of the Graduate Honor Council, the College of William & Mary of Virginia, 2005-2009.

Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Chapter, 2006-2009. Education honor society, Historian, the College of William & Mary of Virginia, USA.

Member, Judicial Appeals Committee, the College of William & Mary, 2006-2007.

Member, National Council of Teachers of English, 2001-2010, USA.

Participant, Amnesty International Human Right Educator’s Summit, July 2003, NYC.

Member, Summer 2002 Class, The School Law Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC.

First alto, University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Chorus and Southern Arts Festival Chorus, 1996-1999. Performed the NY premier of Choose Life by Samuel Adler, Lincoln Center, NY, NY, Spring 1998.

Six years of superior retail sales (on commission) and hospitality service.


International references available upon request.