Project Leader, Dr Sue Simon

Senior Lecturer in Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, DProf C.Qld., GDipEd Qld., BA (JtHons) Nott., GAICD

Sue Simon has had extensive experience in leading Queensland schools, having been a principal of three independent schools, including being the foundation principal of one of them. Sue is now the Portfolio Leader for the Initial Teacher Education Programs at USC, lectures in a range of education topics, specialising in leadership with postgraduate students, and is an academic leader in USC’s International Projects Group’s Leadership initiatives.


Sue has been the recipient of a 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for engagement with local schools and was awarded an OLT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for 2015 for her teaching in leadership education. She is actively involved in school governance as a board member of St Andrew’s Anglican College, PeregianSprings, Queensland, and is a principal mentor with ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leaders). Sue has published regularly in peer-reviewed journals and presented her leadership research at national and international conferences. Sue’s publications are to be found at:,%20Susan%20E



Project Team Member, Assocate Professor Michael Christie

PhD Monash, Ass Dip Fine Arts C.Darwin, BA (Hons First Class) Monash

Michael Christie has an extensive research background in Australia and internationally in large externally funded research projects related to learning and teaching (total funding from research grants exceeds $1.4 million). Michael has been a member of the PIVOTAL OLT-funded research project 2014 –2015, where he acted as mentor researcher. He is also a member of the Portfolio Leaders Team within the School of Education as Portfolio Leader: Research. He teaches into the Master of Education at USC where he has direct engagement with many practising school leaders. Michael’s extensive publications include the articles written jointly with Simon, Graham and Call concerning the findings of the PIVOTAL Project, with the full list of his publications to be found at:"Christie%2C+Michael 



Project Team Member, Dr Wayne Graham

Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Business, PhD Sunshine Coast, BBus(Hons) Sunshine Coast, FAIM

Wayne Graham is Program Coordinator, Management and Chair, Innovative Teaching Working Group, School of Business, USC. He has a PhD in Strategic Management and has worked across a variety of business sectors. Other relevant roles of responsibility have included: Director, Caloundra Christian College (2013-present); Executive Officer, Higher Education Project, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (2008-2011) (a position which involved strategic liaison with regional School Principals); Director, Heritage Christian School Port Macquarie (2010-2011); Director, Universal Education and Training Nambour (2007-2008); and Council member, Chancellor State College, Sippy Downs (2003-2004). Wayne has been leader and team member of research and industry projects with a funding totalling $400K. His publications are to be found at:,%20W%20A




Project Team Member, Associate Professor Jane Summers

Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, USQ PhD (UQ), MBA (UQ), BBUS (Hosp Man) (QAC)

Jane Summers’ foundation specialisation in consumer psychology complements her management of learning and teaching, and has positioned her uniquely to add value in projects, such as this one, which focus on curriculum design, pedagogical implementation and student learning outcomes. Jane has been a team member of a number of successful OLT and ALTC grants, is currently the Director of the MBA program and will co-ordinate research in this area, liaising with team members. Her publications can be found at:



Project Team Member, Associate Professor Karen Noble

Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, USQ , PhD (USQ), EdD (QUT), MEd (CQU), BEd (CQU), DipTeach (CQU)

Karen Noble has a strong background in teaching and learning innovation, curriculum development, renewal and student engagement, and her foundation discipline is education. She has successfully led and participated in a range of external research (including OLT grants) attracting over 1 million (AUS dollars). Her publications are to be found at:



Research Assistant, Kairen Call

MEd USC, PGCPSE Open.UK, BA QTS (Hons) Lancs.UK

Kairen Call is a sessional lecturer and tutor within the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is currently undertaking her PhD with a focus on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. She is also a Professional Learning Liaison for pre-service teachers on their Supervised Professional Experiences and in this capacity regularly meets with local school leaders. Kairen has previous experience as a research assistant on two projects, including this OLT Seed Project; PIVOTAL. Her most recent publication is Improving the quality of assessment grading tools in Master of Education courses: a comparative case study in the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2015). 



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