Dr Jim Gleeson commences in the inaugural role of Professor of Identity and Curriculum in Catholic Education at ACU. He joins ACU from University of Limerick, Ireland, where he Director of the Curriculum Evaluation and Policy Research Unit. He was also Course Leader for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education and the Masters in Education Leadership programs.
Dr Gleeson has extensive experience in curriculum development and evaluation. He has worked as Project Leader of the SPIRAL 2 project on ‘Transition from Adult to Working Life’, as Education Officer for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) on the development of the ‘Leaving Certificate Applied’, and as the external evaluator of programs such as ‘Exploring Masculinities’, and ‘Young Social Innovators’.
Widely published in the area of curriculum policy and development, he has served on the editorial board of Irish Educational Studies for ten years and was the European representative on the International Journal of Vocational Education and Training editorial board. Dr Gleeson has been actively involved in research and development activities including research supervision and mentoring.
Reflecting on his appointment, Dr Gleeson said, “I am excited to commence this role with ACU as it strengthens its commitment to the Catholic intellectual and social teaching tradition, while nurturing the personal and professional development of current and future teachers and leaders.”
Welcoming the appointment, Professor Emmitt, Executive Dean, Faculty of Education said, “I am delighted to welcome Dr Gleeson to ACU in this key role. His appointment will enable ACU to take a leadership role to inform curriculum development and identify how curriculum can be shaped, implemented and evaluated from a Catholic perspective.”
Dr Gleeson’s expertise in the area of curriculum development, coupled with his understanding of Catholic teaching, will be of key significance as ACU collaborates with key stakeholders in government and industry to develop and implement quality educational programs.