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Associate Professor of Literacy Education, University of New England

Robyn is currently Associate Professor of Literacy Education and Head of Department, Curriculum, in The Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education at the University of New England. Robyn is immediate past President and Chairman of the Board of the Primary English Teaching Association Australia. Prior to this she was Principal Lecturer at the University of Worcester, UK and a member of the executive committee of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA).

Robyn has also held positions at three Australian Universities and at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and The University of Brunei Darussalam. Robyn has written and edited 6 books in the field of Literacies Education with a particular focus on the preparation of teachers for the teaching of early reading She is the author of many international journal articles in the field of literacy research and has been involved in teacher education in four countries over a 30 year period.

Robyn is well known for her commitment to the development of a strong professional knowledge base in initial teacher education and remains dedicated to bringing accessible educational research and theory to teacher education students. Robyn’s interest also lies in teacher professional development. Robyn has recently been appointed to expert panels and advisory groups supporting the Australian Government's on-going work in strengthening the teaching of early reading in schools.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Literacy Education , University of New England
  • 2010–2020
    Associate Professor of Literacy Education, Australian Catholic University
  • 2004–2010
    Principal Lecturer in ITE, University of Worcester, UK
  • 1999–2004
    Assistant Professor English Curriculum , National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • 1996–1999
    Senior Lecturer English Language , Universiti Brunei Darussalam
  • 1988–1997
    Lecturer in English Curriculum , Central Queensland University


  • 2001 
    James Cook University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1987 
    University of Wollongong , Master of Education Studies

Professional Memberships

  • Primary English Teaching Association