Our experienced staff are dedicated to providing a high quality learning experience
Many staff in the School of Education and Professional Studies are recognised nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields with a range of teaching awards and research grants reflecting their strengths.
The academic staff bring a rich range of experiences from diverse locations and contexts in schools, industry, business and community organisations, providing a kaleidoscope of experiences for students to engage with. Many have worked in universities outside of Australia and the school has active links with leading universities nationally and internationally, helping to provide students a genuine sense of global connectedness.
Professor Donna Pendergast
Head and Dean of School
Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean and Head, School of Education and Professional Studies. Donna has an international profile in the field of teacher education, particularly in the Junior Secondary years of schooling, which focuses on the unique challenges of teaching and learning in the early adolescent years.
Dr Glenda McGregor
Deputy Head of School (Academic)
Dr Glenda McGregor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane. She convened the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) Program for six years and has been an active member of a number of other committees. Her most recent appointment is as Deputy Head of School (Academic).
Professor Peter Grootenboer
Deputy Head of School (Research)
Associate Professor Peter Grootenboer previously worked in schools for 12 years as a teacher and leader before moving into the tertiary sector. The main focus of Peter’s research has been on affective development in mathematics learning, and recently he has focussed more tightly on praxis development, middle leading and action research.
Professor Beryl Exley
Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching)
"For me, literacy teaching and learning is a social justice issue. Students’ access to literacy implicates their life choices and thus their life chances. Teachers need to be well resourced with content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge so that they are well placed to bring out the best in their students."
Associate Professor Sarojni Choy
Coordinator, Higher Degree Research
Dr Sarojni Choy is an Associate Professor of Professional, Continuing and Vocational Education. Sarojni’s roles as an active researcher, project manager and policy officer within the Australian vocational education system formed a sound basis for her expertise in vocational education and training, workplace learning, employment based training, continuing education and training, and workforce capacity building.
Associate Professor Judith Kearney
Coordinator, Community Partnerships
Judith’s research interests focus on literacy pedagogy and the effects of cultural and linguistic diversity on teaching practice. She is particularly interested in social inclusion issues and community development and is working with community organisations such a Voice of Samoan People (VOSP) to enhance educational opportunities for its members.
Dr Kay Hartwig
Dr Kay Hartwig is a Senior Lecturer in music and music education. She has had experience in teaching music from preschool through to year 12 students in the school sector, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate in the tertiary section. Kay is currently responsible for the development and implementation of school-wide strategies and processes in the area of internationalisation.
Dr Mia O'Brien
Coordinator, Teacher Education and Professional Practice
Dr Mia O'Brien is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Professional studies and is currently the Coordinator of Initial Teacher Education and Professional Experience. Her areas of specialisation are pedagogy, professional learning and the application of positive psychologies to school and classroom contexts.
- Ms Shelley Gawronski - PA to the Dean and Head of School
- Ms Natasha Richardson - Administrative Support Officer (Mount Gravatt campus)
- Ms Alex Smith - Administrative Support Officer (Gold Coast campus)
- Ms Katherine Watts- Administrative Support Officer (Mount Gravatt campus)
Program Support Officers
- Ms Diane Burns - Mt Gravatt campus
- Ms Catherine Dennett - Logan campus
- Ms Ruth Watkins - Gold Coast campus
Academic Support Officers
Professional Experience Office
- Ms Sarah Buckler - Administrator - Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt
- Ms Melissa Parker - Placement Officer - Secondary Mt Gravatt and Logan programs
- Ms Lauretta Roebuck - Placement Officer - Primary Mt Gravatt programs
- Mrs Karen Trickey - Placement Officer - Secondary Gold Coast programs
- Ms Katherine Tucker - Placement Officer - Primary Gold Coast programs
- Ms Sue Wilkinson - Team Leader - Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt
Business Development Officer
- Mr David Noonan - Business Development Officer, PL Hub