- 2000: Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology
- 1992: Master of Education, First Class Honours, University of New England
- 1983: Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), Brisbane College of Advanced Education
- 1982: Bachelor of Applied Science, Brisbane College of Advanced Education
- January 2011 - current: Griffith University. Professor; Dean and Head of School of Education and Professional Studies, Arts, Education and Law Group.
- February 2009 - December 2010: Griffith University. Associate Professor and Head of School of Education and Professional Studies, Faculty of Education, Gold Coast campus.
- October 2000 - February 2009: The University of Queensland. Associate Professor in Education and Program Director of the Bachelor of Education (Middle Years of Schooling), School of Education, The University of Queensland. Areas of lecturing specialisation include: middle years of schooling, teaching and education philosophy, diverse learners, hospitality and tourism teacher education. Program Director position involves managing a team of eight full time academic staff members and two administrative staff members.
- May 1999 - September 2000: Griffith University. Lecturer in Education and Coordinator of Tertiary Access to Griffith University, School of Cognition, Language and Special Education, Faculty of Education, Griffith University. Areas of lecturing specialisation include: contemporary Australian society, human learning theory. Position involved managing a team of four full time and three part time academic staff members and two administrative staff members, and coordination of two research staff members.
- January 1998 - April 1999: Queensland University of Technology. Part time Lecturer in Education in the School of Professional Studies, QUT; Full time Doctoral Studies. Areas of lecturing include: curriculum studies, contemporary Australian society, classroom management, classroom behaviour management.
- January 1989 - December 1997: Queensland University of Technology. Lecturer in Home Economics/Family and Consumer Studies in the School of Public Health, QUT. Areas of lecturing specialisation include: shelter, management, home economics philosophy. Other areas of lecturing experience include human development and relationships, curriculum, food studies, child accident prevention.
- November 1986 - December 1988: Alexandra Hills Senior College. Teacher in Home Economics and allied fields. Foundation staff member of Alexandra Hills Senior College (Redlands Community College). Areas of teacher expertise included senior home economics, adult tertiary preparation in home economics, adult matriculation home economics, introduction to fashion, hospitality, food science and hygiene, food and liquor service.
- January 1984 - November 1986: Education Queensland. Teacher, Toogoolawah Secondary Department (January 1985 - November 1986). Areas of teacher expertise included year 8 - 10 home economics and year 8 - 10 science. Teacher, Rosewood State High School (January 1984 - December 1984). Areas of expertise included year 8 - 12 home economics, year 8 - 10 science.
Awards and honours
- 2012: Best Refereed Paper, International federation for Home Economics, XXII World Congress: Global Wellbeing and Innovation – Developing capacities for sustainable futures. Home economics and food literacy - an international investigation.
- 2011: Best refereed Paper in the Professional Issues category in the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal for 2010 “Connecting with Millennials: Using Tag Clouds to Build a Folksonomy from Key Home Economics Documents”
- 2009: Appointed Adjunct Associate Professor 2009-2012, Hong Kong Institute of Education
- 2009: Appointed Honorary Associate Professor 2009-2013, The University of Queensland
- 2009: Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA) Fellowship Award, for Outstanding contribution to Home Economics
- 2007: Choice (USA) Outstanding Academic Title “Teaching Middle Years”
- 2007: ATEA Teaching Development Award
- 2004: Service Award, Home Economics Institute of Australia
- 2002: Social and Behavioural Sciences Faculty Award for Program Innovation
- 2001: Visiting Fellowship, Hong Kong Institute of Education
- 2000: QUT Faculty of Education Nominee for AARE Best Doctoral Thesis Award
- 2000: Research Fellowship, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, USA
- 1999: Leadership Award, Home Economics Institute of Australia
- 1998: Doctoral Scholarship, King and Amy O’Malley Trust
- 1998: Postgraduate Research Award, Queensland University of Technology
- 1997: Doctoral Scholarship, King and Amy O’Malley Trust
- 1996: Visiting Fellowship, Gifu University, Japan
- 1996: Traveling Scholarship, Home Economics Institute of Australia
- 1995: Scholarship, King and Amy O’Malley Trust
- 1995: Best Lecturer Award Nomination, QUT Student Guild
- 1982: Best Graduate Award, Brisbane College of Advanced Education
Memberships and affiliations
- American Educational Research Association (AERA), (2009-current)
- Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), (1999-current)
- Technology Education Federation of Australia (TEFA), (1997-2004)
- Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), (1998-1999)
- Middle Years of Schooling Association (MYSA), (2000-current)
- International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE), (1994-current)
- Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA), (1993-current)
- Home Economics Institute of Australia (Queensland Division), (1984-current)
- Queensland Association of Home Economics Teachers (QAHET), (1984-1997 when amalgamated with HEIA QLD)
- Queensland University of Technology Alumni, (1984-current)
- Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, USA, (1999-current)
- Queensland College of Teachers, Teacher Registration, Queensland, (1984-current)
Committee/Panel membership - Government
- Federal Department of Family and Community Services, Stronger Families and Communities Strategy Queensland State and Territory Advisory Group. (2001-2003)
- Board of Senior Secondary School Studies Home Economics Subject Advisory Committee, State Government (1991-2004 recent reappointment to March 2001).
1997 - 2004: Representative of the Higher Education Forum.
1996 - 2004: Convener of the Hospitality SAC subcommittee.
1993 - 1996: Convener of the Home Economics SAC subcommittee.
1993 - 1997: Executive member.
1991 - 1992: Writer. Commissioned to write the senior syllabus for home economics in Queensland schools.
- Board of Senior Secondary School Studies Home Economics State Review Panel (1991-2006).
1991 - 1995: Home Economics committee.
1996 - 2006: Hospitality committee.
- Board of Senior Secondary School Studies Hospitality Studies Evaluation Committee (1996-2006). Committee member (1996-2006).
- Board of Senior Secondary School Studies Hospitality Studies State Review Panel (1996-1999). Committee member (1996-1999).
- Southbank Institute of TAFE, Faculty of Food Technology, Industry Priority Committee (1996-1997) Committee member (1996-1997).
- Education Queensland - Technology Key Learning Area Reference Committee (1998). Committee member.
- Invited Member of the Queensland Studies Authority, Research Advisory Committee (2008-2009).
- Invited member of the Queensland College of Teachers Teacher Education Accreditation Panel, (2009-current)
- Invited Australian Research Council Assessor (2010-current).
- Invited member of the Future Direction of State Education Expert Panel to advise the Queensland Minister for Education and the Department of Education on the future of state education to 2020. The panel is comprised on 8 invited experts drawn from the national field.
- Invited member of the Queensland Department of Education and the Arts Flying Start Year 7 into Secondary School initiative.
- International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) (2004-current)
2004 - 2008: Executive Member, Pacific Region
2008 - 2012: Vice President, Pacific Region
- Home Economics Institute of Australia Inc (HEIA) (1993-current)
2000 - 2002: President
1999 - 2000: President - Elect
1994 - 1997: National Secretary
1994 - 1997: Queensland Council Delegate
1994 - 2004: Co-editor of the Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia
- Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA QLD), (1984-current)
1994 - 1999: Queensland Council delegate
- Technology Education Federation of Australia Consultant
1994 - 1996: President
1989 - 1993: Vice President
1987 - 1989: Executive
- Queensland Association of Home Economics Teachers (QAHET) (1984-1997)
1991 - 1997: Executive member
1989 - 1991: In-service Chairperson
- Queensland University of Technology Home Economics Alumni, Life Member
1993 - 1999: Executive member
- Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, Queensland Division
1982 - current: Executive member
- 2001, 2002, and 2004: Judge for the Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence