Renowned academics join growing School of Education

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 9-2-2011

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

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This year will see a number of prominent and talented academics join the School of Education at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus, reflecting significant growth in its student enrolments.

Associate Professor Mark Tannock, Dean of Education, said these new appointments are critically important as the School continues to establish itself within NSW.

“Having these academics on board will add significantly to the training and development of our pre-service teachers and to our contribution to the field through research and scholarship.”

Associate Professor Kevin Watson is joining the School after 18 years at the University of Western Sydney. He has an outstanding record of teaching, scholarship and research in the tertiary sector and has been the recipient of a number of grants. He will be coordinating the School’s Science Education Units.

Dr. Boris Handal, Senior Lecturer – ICT Education, joins the School from Macquarie University where he held the position of Director of Learning & Teaching within the School of Business. With an extensive publication record, in 2005 Boris was awarded the Minister for Education’s Excellence in the Integration of Communication & Technologies Award.

Dr. Catherine Wormald, Senior Lecturer and Secondary Coordinator, is joining the School from the University of Wollongong where she has been teaching in her field of Gifted and Talented Education. Catherine will be the Coordinator of the School’s Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) degrees.

Dr. Katrina Eddles-Hirsch joins the School as Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Special Education. Katrina’s doctoral work has been the recipient of the Beth Southwell Award for thesis research resulting in a series of publications.

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