Associate Professor, Western Sydney University

Associate Professor Gannon works in the School of Education at Western Sydney University. She was Equity strand leader in the Centre for Educational Research from 2012-2017. Her research interests include gender equity and diversity; aspiration trajectories of young people; creative writing pedagogies; media and cultural studies in educational research and educational policy. She is CI on the current ARCD Grant “Gender Matters: Changing Gender Equity Policies and Practices in Australian Secondary Schooling.” She is currently co-editor of the international journal "Gender and Education" and regional editor for the "International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education". She was previously editor of "English in Australia" and was on the executive of the Australian Association of Teachers of English. Prior to taking up work in the tertiary sector, she taught in secondary schools in several states, and worked as an English Curriculum Adviser and Equity Programs Officer with Education Queensland. She is also on the Board of Directors of "Westwords: Western Sydney's Young People’s Literature Development Organisation".

Experience

  • 2003–present
    Associate professor, Western Sydney University

Education

  • 2003 
    James Cook University, PhD
  • 1999 
    James Cook University, Master of Education (Hons)
  • 1985 
    Murdoch University, Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
  • 1980 
    La Trobe University, Bachelor of Arts (English, Linguistics)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Gender Matters: Changing Gender Equity Policies and Practices In Australian Secondary Schooling
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2019
    Understanding the Experience and Perceived Benefit of RAW (Ready Arrive Work)
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    NSW Department of Education
  • 2016
    Evaluation of the Widening Participation Student Ambassadors Initiative
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    WSU
  • 2014
    Making possible futures: Exploring the promises of Education in Western Sydney
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    WSU
  • 2014
    Love your lagoons: Place based learning and environmental action
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    AGL
  • 2012
    IB Diploma Programme: Theory of Knowledge (TOK): Exploring learning outcomes, benefits, and perceptions
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    International Baccalaureate Organization
  • 2012
    Student Trajectory Aspiration Research (STAR): A Study of Aspirations, Enablers and Barriers to Further Education in the Blacktown Learning Community
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    WSU HEPP
  • 2010
    Diversity, Youth and Neo-Liberalism in Canada and Australia
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand
  • 2010
    Writing subjectivity and English Education in Western Sydney
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    WSU
  • 2007
    Enabling place pedagogies in rural and urban Australia
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2006
    From high school to higher education: Gendered pathways in information, communication and computer technology education
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2006
    The provision of research on teacher secondments and placements to university education faculties
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    DEST
  • 2005
    Teachers writing in/out of school
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    WSU

Professional Memberships

  • Gender and Education Association
  • Australian Association of Research in Education
  • English Teachers Association
  • Australian Cultural Studies Association

Research Areas

  • Curriculum And Pedagogy (1302)
  • Education Systems (1301)
  • Specialist Studies In Education (1303)
  • Gender, Sexuality And Education (130308)
  • Secondary Education (130106)