Executive Committee 


Dr Christine Grima-Farrell


University of New South Wales
E: c.grima-farrell@unsw.edu.au


Dr Christine Grima-Farrell was an experienced school teacher and special education coordinator prior to her academic career as a teacher educator. She is the President of the NSW Institute of Educational Research and is the Convenor of the Australian Association of Research in Education Teachers’ Work and Lives special interest group.  Chris was awarded a NSW Premier’s Teaching award for Excellence in her work in the area of Inclusive Education and Research to Practice initiatives. Her Phd titled Identifying factors that bridge the research to practice gap in inclusive education was awarded the 2013 Beth Southwell Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award and the Charles Sturt University Most Outstanding Thesis award. Chris has most recently been honoured with an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and holds University Excellence in Teaching Awards. Chris lives her scholarly work as she strives to raise awareness of ways to merge research and practice initiatives to support the diverse needs of students and enhance their wellbeing and resilience through promoting collaborative partnerships.


Vice President: 

Dr Anne Forbes

Macquarie University
P: (02) 9701 4330
Anne Forbes lectures in Primary Science and Technology Education at Macquarie University. She completed a PhD research study around the influence of being a member of a community of practice on participants’ views of science, science learning and science teaching.
Anne had a research background in plant pathology before becoming involved in primary education as a teacher in the United States and Australia for 15 years. She was a specialist Science and Technology teacher at Epping North Public School (Sydney) from 2000-06 and is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of primary science education.

Further information about Anne: http://apps.acu.edu.au/staffdirectory/?anne-forbes 


Vice President:

Dr Richard Niesche


University of New South Wales
P: (02) 9385 1391 


Dr Richard Niesche is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a teacher in Queensland and New South Wales at both primary and secondary levels. His research interests include educational leadership, the principalship and social justice. His particular research focus is to use a critical perspective in educational leadership to examine the work of school principals in disadvantaged schools and how they can work towards achieving more socially just outcomes. He has published his research in a range of peer-reviewed journals and is the author of a number of books including Foucault and Educational leadership: Disciplining the Principal (Routledge, 2011) and Deconstructing Educational Leadership: Derrida and Lyotard (Routledge, 2013 and 2015). Most recent isLeadership, Ethics and Schooling for Social Justice, co-authored with Dr Amanda Keddie from the University of Queensland (Routledge, 2015).

For further information about Richard: https://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/about-us/people/richard-niesche/


Vice President:

Associate Professor Anne Power

Western Sydney University 
P: 02 4736 0452
E: am.power@uws.edu.au


Associate Professor Anne Power is Academic Course Advisor for the Master of Teaching Secondary Program at Western Sydney University. Her research interests include music education, music and its relationship to other art forms, professional learning and service learning. Her work with service learning and disadvantaged students converges with themes of creativity. Anne is editor of two journals and is on several editorial boards.

 Further information about Anne:  http://www.uws.edu.au/centre_for_educational_research/cer/people/dr_anne_power



Dr Michael Cavanagh
Macquarie University
P: 02 9850 8239


Michael Cavanagh is the Director of the Teacher Education Program at Macquarie University and a senior lecturer in mathematics education. He has previously taught mathematics in secondary schools for twenty years. His research focuses mainly on teacher learning and teacher education students (TES), particularly how teachers develop their reflective practice. He is currently investigating what TES learn by engaging with supervising teachers on instructional rounds during their practicum. 

 For Further Information about Michael: http://www.educ.mq.edu.au/our_staff/dr_michael_cavanagh/

Executive Member

Associate Professor Sean Kearney
University of Notre Dame Australia
P: 02 8204 4436


Sean Kearney, PhD School of Education, Sydney University of Notre Dame Australia, has been coordinating international service-learning immersion programs for the past five years and has received national recognition for his work. Sean is the Founding Director for the Dayamani foundation, an ACNC charity which has built a school and is educating disadvantaged children in Tenali, India. His current research focus is on assessment reform and the impact of international service learning immersion programs.

Further information about Sean: http://www.nd.edu.au/sydney/schools/education/staff/skearney.shtml


Treasurer and Public Officer:

 Dr Samantha McMahon 


University of Sydney
P: 02 8627 5137


 Sam is an educational sociologist who has previously worked at University of Wollongong. Her research explores how teachers' engagement with multiple knowledges effects the equity of student experience. Her mainly ethnographic research includes participation in The AIME Research Partnership (the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) and NSW public primary schools. Sam works in initial teacher education, teaching units of study in the sociology of education, professional research projectsand pedagogical approaches in education. Her PhD thesis was a study of how preservice teachers' re/construct theirknowledge of students with challenging behaviour, during professional experience.

Further information about Sam: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/about/staff/profiles/samantha.mcmahon.php


 Membership Officer:

Associate Professor John Buchanan

University of Technology, Sydney

P: 02 9514 5285


Associate Professor John Buchanan lectures in Social and Environmental Education at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he coordinates International Programs, including the International Professional Experience.  His main research interests include intercultural education, environmental sustainability education and teaching quality. He is a past President of the NSW IER.

Further information about John: http://cfsites1.uts.edu.au/fass/staff/listing/details.cfm?StaffId=2645