Meet our researchers, visiting scholars and honorary appointments at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, as well as current Higher Degree Research students.

ILSTE hosts a team of eminent researchers and international scholars, research students and professional staff working with a range of discipline expertise in support of our research.

Meet our Director

Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith

Meet our research teams

Honorary appointments

Adjunct Professor

Associate Professor Susan Bridges - awarded to 1 March 2022 - in recognition of her outstanding achievements in medical and dental education as well as her expertise and significant strengths in the area of research.
Associate Professor Mary Macken-Horarik - awarded to 10 September 2021 – in recognition of her international reputation and scholarly expertise in the field of Senior Secondary English Curriculum.

Honorary Professor

Dr Graham Maxwell - awarded to 31 May 2021 - in recognition of his national and international reputation as a leader in the area of educational assessment.
Professor Harry Daniels - awarded to 1 March 2022 - in recognition of his reputation as an internationally-renowned expert educational researcher and his willingness to provide research mentorship and raise the profile of ACU in international research communities.
Professor Theo van Leeuwen - awarded to 31 December 2023 - in recognition of his leadership in the field of social semiotics, in particular his development of social semiotics theories and methods for the analysis of multimodal communication.
Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM - awarded to 1 May 2024 - in recognition of her reputation as a leader in the field of education and acknowledges her willingness to collaborate with ACU in partnership building, developing excellent teacher education programs and in building enhanced capacity in Catholic schools through collaborative professional development and policy formation.
Mr Mike Byrne - awarded to 1 March 2022 - in recognition of his extensive professional experience and willingness to support the work of ACU and ILSTE in developing strong educational networks with Catholic Education and Dioceses.
Professor Rudolf Straesser - awarded to 31 July 2023 - in recognition of his publication record in Mathematics Education, his preparedness to provide strategic advice about publication and project application opportunities and willingness to participate in joint research projects with Australian Catholic University.
Professor Joy Cumming – awarded to 31 December 2021 – in recognition of her contribution as a leader in the field of education, and support of ILSTE through the supervision of doctoral students.

Research and support staff

  • Chantal Bailey, Senior Project Manager (Data and Impact)
  • Jacinta Bartlett, Senior Research Project Officer
  • Alinta Brown, Research Assistant
  • Dr Jen Cope, Senior Project Officer
  • Catherine Delzoppo, Research Assistant
  • Dr Elizabeth Heck, Research Assistant
  • Alex Mason, Research Assistant
  • Jo Macri, Senior Project Officer
  • Dr Andrew Smith, Senior Research Project Manager
  • Dr Melanie Spallek, Senior Data Analyst
  • Alison Curtis, Institute Manager
  • Sam Carroll, Administrative Officer
  • Alexander Chen, Senior Scientific Officer
  • Dr Chantelle Day, Research Partnerships Manager
  • Donna Glase, Executive Officer
  • Anita McInnes, Administrative Officer
  • Janet Wilks, Institute Grants Manager



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Level 4, 229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, Qld, 4000
(GPO Box 2587, Brisbane, Qld, 4001)

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