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Professor in STEM Education, La Trobe University

For over 25 years Associate Professor Therese Keane has been a champion for empowering girls in STEM. Therese is the Associate Dean of Research and Industry Engagement, and Professor in STEM Education in the School of Education at La Trobe University. Her passion and many achievements have been acknowledged by her peers in her receiving numerous international, national and state awards. She has worked in a variety of school settings where she has taught IT and lead in K-12 education as the Director of ICT. Her Doctorate in Education focused on ICT Leadership in schools. Therese has served on several State, National and International Boards including; Chair of Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE) and Australian Representative for the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Education (TC3). Currently, she is the Vice Chair for TC3 - WG3.3 - "Research into Educational Applications of Information Technologies". Therese is Deputy Editor for "Education and Information Technologies" - the official journal of the IFIP Technical Committee on Education covering the complex relationship between information and communication technologies and education. Throughout her career, Therese has also been an office holder in three professional teaching associations, the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA), Information and Communications Technology in Education Victoria (ICTEV) and the Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria (DLTV). Therese has presented numerous seminars and workshops for teachers involved in the teaching of Information Technology. She has written 16 textbooks in all units of VCE Senior Information Technology in Victoria since 1995 and has worked with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in the development of the VCE IT Study Design and various roles associated with VCE assessment over the past 25 years. Therese has been involved in the provision of professional development to ICT teachers and research into the use of technology, gender inequalities in STEM based subjects, robotics in education and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes. Therese has developed and delivered workshops in humanoid robot (NAO) for primary and secondary school students and was also involved with the FIRST LEGO League as Tournament Director for Victoria and lead mentor for the RoboCats – a schoolgirl only robotics team that participated in the FIRST Robotic Competition from 2014-2020.


  • 2023–present
    Professor of STEM Education, Associate Dean of Research and Industry Engagement, La Trobe University
  • 2018–2022
    Associate Professor - Deputy Chair - Department of Education, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2015–2017
    Senior Lecturer in Education, Swinburne University
  • 2014–2015
    Lecturer in ICT Skills Development, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2011–2014
    Lecturer/Developer in Education Technology, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2010–2010
    Director of ICT, Marymeade Catholic College
  • 2006–2009
    Director of ICT, Genazzano FCJ College
  • 2005–2005
    Director of IT, Kilvington Girls' Grammar
  • 2001–2004
    ICT Teacher, Parade College
  • 1998–2001
    ICT Teacher, Carey Baptist Grammar School
  • 1994–1998
    ICT Teacher, Parade College


  • 2008 
    The University of Melbourne, Doctor of Education
  • 2001 
    The University of Melbourne, Master of Education
  • 1998 
    The University of Melbourne, Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Training (Organisational Change)
  • 1994 
    The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Education (Sec Science)


  • 2017
    Peer tutoring using student-made screencasts, Australian Senior Mathematics Journal
  • 2017
    Humanoid robots awaken ancient language, ustralian Educational Leader, Vol. 39, no. 4 (Nov 2017), article no. 1425
  • 2017
    Parents’ expectations, perceptions and concerns when schools implement a 1:1 program, Education and Information Technologies
  • 2016
    VCE Computing Units 1 and 2 (student book with 4 access codes), 6th edition., Cengage
  • 2016
    VCE Informatics Units 3 and 4 (student book with 4 access codes), 4th edition., Cengage
  • 2016
    Achievements and challenges: Implementing a 1:1 program in a secondary school., Education and Information Technologies
  • 2016
    Beyond traditional literacy: Learning and transformative practices using ICT., Education and Information Technologies, Vol. 21, no. 4 (Jul 2016), pp. 769-781
  • 2015
    Girls and computing: female participation in computing in schools., Australian Educational Computing. Vol. 30, no. 2 (2015)
  • 2014
    From Student Geek to Teacher Geek Chic - Reflections on How Computers were used while as a Students and then as a Teacher., In A. Tatnell & B. Davey (Eds.), Reflections on the History of Computers in Education - Early Use of Computers and Teaching about Computing in Schools (pp. 94-109). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer
  • 2013
    Providing a healthy digital environment, aligning policy with teacher, student and parent expectations., n R. Hanewald (Ed.), From cyber bullying to cyber safety: issues and approaches in educational contexts. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • 2013
    Pedagogy! iPadology! Netbookology! Learning with mobile devices., Australian Educational Computing, 27(2).
  • 2012
    An investigation of the role of the information and communication technologies leader in secondary schools. , Leading and Managing, 18(1), 50-64.
  • 2011
    Information Technology: VCE units 1 and 2, 5th Edition, Cengage
  • 2011
    Information technology: VCE units 3 and 4, 3rd Edition, Cengage
  • 2007
    Information Technology: VCE Units 1 & 2 4th Edition, Cengage
  • 2007
    IT Applications: VCE Information Technology Units 3 & 4, 2nd Edition, cengage
  • 2006
    Software Development VCE Units 3 & 4, Social Science Press/Cengage
  • 2003
    Building Information Systems 2nd Edition, Social Science Press
  • 2003
    Information Processing and Management Units 3 & 4, Nelson
  • 2003
    VCE Information Technology Units 1 & 2 3rd Edition, Nelson
  • 2000
    VCE Information Technology 2nd Edition, Nelson
  • 2000
    Building Information Systems 1st Edition, Social Science Press
  • 1997
    Information Technology VCE Units 1 & 2, Nelson

Professional Memberships

  • Australian College of Educators (ACE)
  • Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL)

Research Areas

  • Specialist Studies In Education (1303)