Professor John Loughran, our newly appointed Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor
Executive Dean, Faculty of Education
Congratulations to Professor John Loughran, Executive Dean, Faculty of Education, who has been appointed a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor.
The title is the most prestigious conferred on serving professors of the University. Award of the title is made only to professors of exceptional distinction who have made high level and sustained contributions to their discipline, Monash and the community.
Professor Loughran exemplifies a passion for teaching, learning and research, together with a commitment to quality in academic work and to Monash’s national and international standing.
As a leading teacher and researcher, Professor Loughran is recognised internationally for his expertise in teacher education, particularly in science education. A professor since 2004, he was appointed in 2010 to his current position of Dean, Faculty of Education. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, one of the few Education academics to have achieved that recognition.
For nearly three decades Professor Loughran has helped to advance Monash University’s reputation for teaching and research excellence. His responsibilities have spanned faculty leadership roles and membership of senior committees across the University, including Director Pre-service Education and Professional Development (1995-99), Director Higher Degrees by Research (2002), Director Secondary Teacher Education (2009), Associate Dean International (1999) and Associate Dean Research (2003). Professor Loughran is also Foundation Chair of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
Professor Loughran’s expertise in teaching and research has been recognised with a number of high profile commendations, among them the Excellence in Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award of the American Education Research Association – a peak professional organisation representing educational researchers worldwide. A widely published researcher, Professor Loughran has been recently appointed to lead editorship of the International Handbook of Teacher Education.
In receiving the title, Professor Loughran shares this honour with his fellow current Sir John Monash Distinguished Professors Bill Charman, Christina Mitchell and John McNeil.