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Dean of Education, Western Sydney University

Professor Simons has extensive experience in supporting learning in the fields of adult education, vocational education and workplace learning and secondary teacher education.

Professor Simons is a well-respected researcher, having won a number of nationally competitive grants from the Australian Research Council and the National Vocational Education and Training Research and Evaluation (NVETRE) Program. Her primary areas of research expertise include informal and work-based learning,, vocational education and training and workforce development


  • 2013–present
    Dean of Education, Western Sydney University
  • 2014–2015
    Acting DVC (Academic), University of Western Sydney
  • 2008–2010
    Dean of Education, University of South Australia


  • 2002 
    University of South Australia, PhD
  • 1993 
    University of South Australia, B.Soc. Sc (Human Services/Adult and Community Education

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Keeping the Best: how school leaders engage and retain high quality early career teachers’
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Vice President, Australian Council of Deans of Education

Research Areas

  • Education Systems (1301)
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy (1302)
  • Specialist Studies In Education (1303)