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Associate Professor of Education (Science Education), Deakin University

Linda Hobbs has taught science education at the tertiary level since 2002. Prior to that Linda taught Science in secondary schools. Conferred in 2009, her PhD explored the effect of subject culture on the ways teahers conceptualised teaching; out-of-field teaching emerged as an issue requiring further research in Australia. Since then, Linda has undertaken various research projects relating to teachers' experiences of teaching out-of-field, the influence of context, support and teachers' personal resources on perceptions of feeling out-of-field, how teacher education programs prepare teachers for out-of-field teaching, and the policy climate relating to the issue. With funding for an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2015-2017) Linda is part of a team (from Deakin, University of New England, University of Queensland and Monash University) exploring the learning needs and school cultures supporting teachers new to mathematics and science teaching, including out-of-field teachers. Linda convenes an international collaborative exploring this issue (


  • 2012–present
    Senior lecturer, Deakin University
  • 2011–2012
    Senior lecturer, RMIT
  • 2009–2011
    Lecturer, RMIT


  • 2009 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 2005 
    University of Ballarat, Master of Education
  • 1999 
    University of Ballarat, Graduate Diploma of Education
  • 1994 
    University of Ballarat, Bach App Sci

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Teaching Across Subject Boundaries
    Lead Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2015
    Skiling the Bay-Successful Students:STEM
    Lead Academic
    Funding Source:
    Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Government of Victoria
  • 2013
    Science Teacher Education Partnerships with Schools (STEPS)
    Lead Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Office for Learning and Teaching