Meet the academic staff working hard to support you at ACU's Faculty of Education and Arts. Explore their areas of expertise, including research and publication history, or find them on our staff directory.
Professor Steve Tobias is the Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts at ACU. Prior to joining ACU Professor Tobias was the Head of the School of Education at the University of New England. He has also held positions including Head of Department, Course Coordinator, Chief Examiner, Academic Advisor, and Deputy Head of School (La Trobe University).
Professor Tobias is a qualified secondary mathematics and science teacher with a decade of teaching experience prior to entering teacher education as a mathematics lecturer at La Trobe University in 1989.
Professor Tobias has a background in Mathematics Education in both teaching and research. His research interests have focused predominantly on teaching and learning mathematics at the school and university levels with a particular emphasis on the factors that affect learning.
Professor Seruga is a Fellow of Australian Computer Society, a member of Australian Mathematical Society and a member of the Community of Associate Deans Research in Education. Prior to his current role, he made a sustained contribution to leadership at ACU as Head of the School of Education and Deputy Head. His research interests are information systems in education and computer security.
Prior to joining ACU, Diana held a number of leadership roles, including Dean, School of Humanities and Creative Arts within the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law at Flinders University Adelaide. Following the restructure of the University from a faculty to college structure, Diana held the position of Foundation Dean, People and Resources within the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
Professor Donna King began her career as a science, mathematics and religion teacher in secondary Catholic schools moving into tertiary teaching as a science educator. Her PhD was in context-based teaching in Chemistry and a body of research followed spanning four interconnecting fields: context-based science education, the emotional engagement of students in science in the middle years, the use of engineering contexts for teaching STEM and STEM-industry partnerships in schools.
Professor Bill Ashraf is a microbial biochemist and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE. Before joining ACU, he held numerous university leadership roles, especially for strategic institutional level digital education to support the student experience.
Professor Ashraf started his academic career at the University of Bradford (UK). For over ten years, he had significant leadership responsibilities for Teaching and had his independent laboratory where he supervised PhD students and Post-Doctoral scientists. He was a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, a Biotechnology Industry consultant and Reviews Editor for two Microbiology journals. He obtained his Executive MBA (Bradford) in 2006.
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