Originally a secondary social sciences and computing studies teacher serving mostly in rural schools, I held a series of senior departmental positions in NSW in the areas of quality assurance, assessment and evaluation, school accountability and improvement, research management and strategic initiatives.

I took up my professorial position at the University of Newcastle in 2012. I have strong professional interest and ongoing research commitments across a variety of public policy contexts. I am a core member of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle supporting teacher professional learning and innovative curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment with particular emphasis on quality teaching and equity in Education.