Professor Jim Gleeson is the inaugural Professor of Identity and Curriculum in Catholic Education at Australian Catholic University. Having taken post-graduate degrees in philosophy and theology, he was a secondary teacher in Dublin and Tipperary before joining the Education Department, University of Limerick (UL) where he worked in post-primary (consecutive and concurrent) teacher education. His responsibilities included Head of Department and Course Leader for the Master's in Education Leadership and for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. He has extensive experience in school-based and national curriculum development and has worked with the Irish National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. He was responsible for the external evaluation of various curriculum projects including European Studies and Exploring Masculinities. Jim holds a PhD from the Centre for Applied Research in Education, University of East Anglia, on curriculum policy issues and has published widely on a range of related topics. He directed the Curriculum Evaluation and Policy Research Unit at UL and has wide experience of research supervision at doctoral and Master's levels. Jim was nominated by the Higher Education sector to the Teaching Council of Ireland (2005-2012) and has been both an elected and ex officio member of the UL Academic Council. He has worked as an External Examiner in Scotland and Northern Ireland and in all universities in Ireland where he remains an Adjunct member of the Department of Education and Professional Studies, University of Limerick.
Professor Peta Goldburg is the foundation Chair in Religious Education and currently Director Catholic Engagement and Partnerships in the Faculty of Education and Arts at Australian Catholic University. Peta brings specific expertise in the area of Religious Education and Theology and school curriculum and pedagogy. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music she was a music specialist with the Queensland education department. She began her study in religious education and theology when she began teaching in Catholic schools. Peta has extensive teaching experience at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and has taught and delivered professional development programs across Australia, New Zealand and internationally. Peta's particular expertise is in developing pedagogy for religious education. Her doctoral thesis was in the area of Religious Education and the Creative Arts and her research interests include religion and the arts, world religions particularly Judaism, and creative pedagogies. Peta has played a significant role in curriculum development for the Queensland Studies Authority in the areas of Music, Drama, Study of Religion and Religious and Ethics. During 2012 and 20143 she was on the advisory panel for the development of the ACARA Civics and Citizenship curriculum. Over the years at ACU she has provided a leadership role in the development of courses and units in Religious Education and the Catholic dimension of courses and programs. Now she is interested in how a Catholic worldview can influence and shape the curriculum.
Dr Maureen O'Neill is the Research Assistant on the project. Maureen studied both Science and Education and has worked as a P-12 teacher in the states of NSW and QLD in Australia. She holds a PhD from the USC and for the last 5 years has tutored, lectured and consulted with undergraduates and postgraduates at USC in a range of disciplines including Education, Research Methods and ITAS (Indigenous students). After publishing her book "The NVivo Toolkit: How to apply NVivo in your PhD for research and publishing success" she has been presenting at national and international conferences and conducting eSeminars about the use of NVivo software in research. In addition, she is skilled in quantitative software of SPSS and Qualtrics. She has published articles in relation to school-age children and the issues that arise from combining multi-disciplines such as school and high level sport. Her research work includes such projects as measuring the success of Australian Aid scholarship programs in the capacity of teachers in Indonesian Papua for the International Papuan Project at the USC consulting about the introduction of the students bringing their own devices to school for the Queensland State Education Department, problems and issues faced by first year university students at the USC and JCU, and research into health issues pertaining to a Victorian Health program for Latrobe University. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Sport and Health Science (JSHS), launched in May 2012 which is an international peer-reviewed journal founded by Shanghai University of Sport.