School of Education welcomes new Dean

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 28-4-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

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The Sydney School of Education at The University of Notre Dame Australia has this week welcomed their new Dean, Professor Marguerite Maher.

Professor Maher comes to Notre Dame from Charles Darwin University where she was Acting Head of the School of Education. Whilst at Charles Darwin, Professor Maher led the implementation of in situ teacher education for indigenous teachers’ assistants within six remote Catholic schools. Prior to this, she worked with the School of Education at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Professor Maher has particular expertise in research and grant implementation and strong experience in setting the strategic direction of education at a state and national level. She is concerned with social justice and continues to offer ongoing support to people in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, building on her Zonta funded project and research where women with disabled children living in remote areas are empowered to access services available to them as a result of new legislation.

Professor Maher said she is very excited and happy to begin her role at Notre Dame.

“I am really impressed with the Campus and am looking forward to leading what is already a well established School. I think the Catholic foundations of the University combined with its philosophy of acceptance make it a very welcoming and exciting place to be a part of.”

Notre Dame Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, commented on the new appointment.

“Professor Maher’s impressive record of achievements is testimony to her passion and commitment to education.

“The University believes that this passion, combined with her drive and energy, will be invaluable to the further development of the School of Education in Sydney and particularly beneficial to our education students.” said Professor Hammond.

Professor Maher is replacing Mr Gerald McRae who has been the Acting Dean of the School of Education since January 2011.

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