Research Partners

Top row, L-R: Valerie Harwood, Paul Chandler, Sarah O’Shea, Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
Bottom row, L-R: Samantha McMahon, Amy Priestly, Anthony McKnight, Ashleigh Johnstone

Professor Valerie Harwood
University of Sydney

Email: valerie.harwood@sydney.edu.au
Valerie Harwood is Professor and ARC Future Fellow. Her research is centred on a social and cultural analysis of access and participation in educational futures. This research includes: work on disadvantage, imagination and educational futures; the production of knowledge on child and youth psychopathology; critical disability studies; and child and youth exclusion. Her current research includes: Getting an Early Start to Education: Understanding how to promote educational futures in early childhood (ARC Future Fellowship); and partnership with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), funding from the ARC and Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Professor Paul Chandler
University of Wollongong

Email: chandler@uow.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4221 4249
Professor Chandler holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Sydney University, a Master of Science in Psychology and a PhD in Education from UNSW. In 1993, he became the first person to ever receive an Australian Research Council fellowship in education. Over the next seven years his research in cognition and learning would attract over $3 million of research funding from ARC and industry partners. Professor Chandler completed two terms as Head of School of Education at UNSW before being appointed Dean of Education at the University of Wollongong in 2007.

In 2008, at a National Press Club event, Professor Chandler was awarded as one of Australia’s ten most pre-eminent researchers. In 2009, Professor Chandler was appointed by the federal government to the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council. Professor Chandler is a past president of the NSW Council of Deans in Education.

In 2013, Professor Chandler was appointed Executive Director Early Start and Pro Vice Chancellor (Inclusion & Outreach).

Associate Professor Sarah O’Shea
University of Wollongong

Email: saraho@uow.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4221 5838
Dr Sarah O’Shea is an A/Prof in Adult, Vocational and Higher Education in the School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences. Sarah has over 20 years experience teaching in universities as well as the VET and Adult Education sector, she has also published widely on issues related to educational access and equity.

In 2015, Sarah was awarded a prestigious OLT National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her work in the educational equity field. This has included working with students from a diversity of backgrounds to explore their transition, engagement and participation in the HE sector. In 2014, Sarah led an OLT Seed Grant entitled Breaking the Barriers: supporting and engaging mature age first-in-family university learners and their families. This was a multi-institutional grant with University of Newcastle and Open Universities Australia. In 2012, Sarah was awarded an OLT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning: For sustained commitment to student transition to university and educational equity in order to facilitate a culture of engagement.

Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
University of Technology Sydney
Email:
Gawaian.Bodkin-Andrews@uts.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9514 3951
Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, of the D’harawal nation, is a researcher and lecturer whose outputs are increasingly encapsulating and promoting Aboriginal Australian standpoints and perspectives across a diversity of disciplines (most notably education and psychology). He has managed and led numerous research grants investigating a diversity of topics including, mental health, mentoring, identity, Traditional Knowledges, education, racism, and bullying. His projects have led to the development of a strong foundation in developing robust and diverse research designs, with an increasing dedication to Indigenous Research Methodologies. From this framework, he is continually developing his experience in applying quantitative and qualitative methods within his scholarly work. His research has also attracted a number of national and international awards (including the AARE Betty-Watts Indigenous Researcher award), and he has produced the Healing the Wounds of the Heart documentary focusing on developing resiliency against racism (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0RosRz_HtQ) for Aboriginal youth.

Dr Anthony McKnight
University of Wollongong
Email:
anthonym@uow.edu.au
Phone:
(02) 4221 4092
Anthony McKnight is an Awabakal, Gumaroi, and Yuin Man. Anthony is currently a lecturer in Indigenous education. His PhD was about how preservice teachers can respect and work with indigenous knowledges.

Dr Samantha McMahon
University of Sydney

Email: samantha.mcmahon@sydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 8627 5137
Sam McMahon is an Early Career Development Fellow at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Sam has worked across several research projects to better understand, theorise and disseminate findings about educators’ engagement with multiple knowledges and its impact on educational equity.  Her work interrogates teachers’ use of multiple knowledges for knowledge production, and engagement with discourses that dis/advantage students. Sam’s PhD thesis was a study of preservice teachers’ knowledge of challenging behaviour.

Amy Priestly
Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
Email:
ap@aimementoring.com
Amy is the Director of Research at AIME and has been with the organisation for six years. Amy first participated in the AIME program as a volunteer mentor whilst studying at University. During this time she completed a research project investigating the impact of the AIME Program on the volunteer mentors. Through her current role at AIME, Amy is continuing to investigate the impact of the program on Indigenous high school students, Indigenous and non-Indigenous university students, teachers and the wider community through multiple internal and independent research projects as well as co-ordinating a long-term collaborative research partnership with the University of Wollongong. Amy is responsible for the development, implementation and design of the research methodology and tools to conduct internal research as well as managing the recruitment of research consultants and project manages all external research projects.

Ashleigh Johnstone
University of Wollongong
Email: akj244@uowmail.edu.au
Ashleigh is a Dunghutti woman, currently undertaking her PhD with the University of Wollongong, exploring the unique learning environment that AIME cultivates as well as the history of its foundation.