Mike started his career as a secondary teacher, became president of the Economics and Business Studies Teachers of NSW, and became deputy director of a UNESCO/UNDP/IOE regional vocational education curriculum project in the 11 countries of the South Pacific. With Ni-Vanuatu partners he established a new business school in Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu and has been a long time resident of Samoa and Fiji. Between 1991 and 2001 at the University of Sydney he was the director of the Diploma in Education and then foundation director of the Master of Teaching; the world’s first case based teacher education program. This led to appointments Board of Studies Curriculum Committees and to the Review of Teacher Education in NSW, which prepared the path for the NSW Institute of Teachers. For almost 10 years Mike conducted learning and homework centres for Sydney’s Islander (Samoan, Tongan, Fijian Communities). He is a world authority on homework research and in 2012 Reforming Homework, jointly authored by Richard Walker from the University of Sydney, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Mike is currently the President of the International Association for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media (IARTEM) is the lead editor of the IARTEM eJournal and has been the initiator and chief Judge of the Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing in partnership with the Australian Publishers Association (APA) since 1994, leading to an ARC linkage grant with the APA, on equity in the provision of teaching and learning resources in schools.
As Head of Campus Noosa Mike actions the vision for Noosa to be a research focused campus that supports student learning and research. As Director of LTERC Mike supports scholarship of teaching and educational research, and in 2013 was awarded an ARC linkage grant with Bruce Knight and Education Queensland. His latest publication Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research