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Honorary Professor of Education, Victoria University

Marie Brennan remains active as an education researcher, but retired from full-time work in universities. She has worked in five Australian universities and spent nine years on the Board of the Australian Council of Deans of Education, representing the sector on many inquiries and issues. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia, an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and an honorary Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne.

Prior to joining the university sector in 1991, Marie worked in the Victorian Education Department in a variety of roles, including in technical schools as a humanities teacher, member of the Access Skills Project Team in Curriculum and Research Branch, co-coordinating the statewide School Improvement Plan, and policy analyst in the ministry-wide Policy Coordination Division.


  • 2016–present
    Honorary Professor, Victoria University
  • 2011–present
    Professor, Victoria University
  • 2016–present
    Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia
  • 2016–present
    Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia
  • 2016–2019
    Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • 2002–2011
    Professor of Education and Dean of Education 2002-2007, University of South Australia
  • 1999–2002
    Professor, University of Canberra
  • 1994–1999
    Associate Professor, Central Queensland University
  • 1991–1994
    Lecturer , Deakin University


  • 1993 
    University of Wisconsin, Madison:, PhD, Curriculum & Instruction

Research Areas

  • Education Systems (1301)
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy (1302)
  • Specialist Studies In Education (1303)
  • Sociology Of Education (160809)
  • Melburne, Australia
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