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Associate Professor of Education, University of Sydney

Dr Nicole Mockler is an Associate Professor of Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on education policy and politics, particularly as they frame teachers’ work, professional identities and learning. Her recent books include Constructing Teacher Identities: How the Print Media Define and Represent Teachers and their Work (Bloomsbury, 2022), which explores representations of teachers in the Australian print media from 1996 to 2020, and Questioning the Language of improvement and reform in education: Reclaiming meaning (Routledge, 2018, with Susan Groundwater-Smith). Since 2017, Nicole has been Editor in Chief of The Australian Educational Researcher, the scholarly peer-reviewed journal of the Australian Association for Research in Education.


  • 2015–present
    Associate Professor, Sydney School of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney
  • 2012–2015
    Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Newcastle
  • 2009–2011
    Lecturer, School of Education, University of Newcastle
  • 2008–2011
    Honorary Associate, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney


  • 2020 
    Swinburne University of Technology, Master of Science / Applied Statistics
  • 2008 
    The University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy / Education
  • 1995 
    The University of Sydney, Master of Arts / Women's Studies
  • 1993 
    The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Education (Hons) / Ancient History

Research Areas

  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators (130313)
  • Education Policy (160506)
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy (1302)