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Faculty of Education, Monash University

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Faculty of Education is currently seeking expressions of interest for the following positions.

Professor and Head of School - School of Education, Culture and Society

Level: Level E
Campus: Clayton
Enquiries: Professor Viv Ellis, Dean, Faculty of Education,
Closes: 29 Sep 2021

Professor of Counselling

Level: Level E
Campus: Clayton
Enquiries: Professor Andrea Reupert, School of Educational Psychology and Counselling, Faculty of Education, +61 409 160 508
Closes: 29 Sep 2021

Professor of Educational and Developmental Psychology

Level: Level E
Campus: Clayton
Enquiries: Professor Andrea Reupert, School of Educational Psychology and Counselling, Faculty of Education, +61 409 160 508
Closes: 29 Sep 2021


Viv EllisProfessor Viv Ellis
Dean, Faculty of Education

I am delighted to introduce you to our Faculty – one of the world’s leading Faculties of Education situated in one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne.

We have an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching, ranked number one in Australia and 15th in the world. But our passion is for more than rankings. Our passion is to make a positive difference in people's lives through education, counselling and psychology. We share this passion with our vibrant alumni community, with research partners as well as with stakeholders in the professions and society more generally.

We are a large, multi-campus Faculty with almost 7,000 students, 180 academic staff and 90 professional staff. We offer a diverse range of disciplines in our coursework and research degree programmes and, in the years ahead, we will grow new areas as they relate to our research strengths and society’s needs.

Given our scale, we are also a highly experienced provider of customised professional learning and immersion programmes and the delivery of complex, capability-building initiatives for teachers, school leaders, psychologists and other professionals, working with governments and other agencies and organisations across Australia and around the world.

Research is right at the heart of what we do, as you would expect of a Faculty in a leading global research university. We have a vibrant research culture supported by research groups, distinguished research fellows, our student community and visiting scholars. The overarching theme for our faculty's Research Strategy 2020-2025 is ‘Fostering fair and sustainable futures’, signalling our commitment to striving for social justice, equity and responsible development. All of our students as well as society more generally benefit from our research – whether through our education programmes, our translational work, or broader stakeholder engagement.

It is an honour to work with such an outstanding team of talented academic and professional colleagues. We are ambitious for the quality and impact of our research and education programmes globally, but equally certain that we must offer outstanding study and work experiences for students, visitors and our staff here on the ground in Melbourne. Our University believes that there’s never been a time or a greater need to make change. Whether you want to change your life, your career, your community, or the future, it starts at Monash. Join us in the Faculty of Education and leave the world in better shape than you found it.

Why work for the Faculty of Education

Outstanding expertise and people

When you work with Monash Education you get to work with world-leading academics who produce research that has impact. We have academic staff with diverse research interests who can provide mentoring and supervision. In addition, we have a strong network of alumni and industry leaders who provide our staff with a strong connection into a range of professions providing enhanced opportunities for professional development and collaboration.

This includes distinguished colleagues such as current and former members of the who act as Emeritus Professors and Adjuncts who support the development of our academic staff. Monash Education provides an exceptional platform to expand your network and build your academic career.

Our research impact

Our vision is a society in which education enables full and equitable participation. Our goal is to have a lasting impact, nationally and internationally, and to create real change, now and for generations to come.

Our research is designed to tackle the big issues in education, psychology and counselling. We have a deep commitment to social justice, and to fostering sustainable futures. We identify critical challenges in education and produce research, evidence and ideas that shape the future. In psychology and counselling we generate evidence that improves the mental health and wellbeing of our community.

As a faculty we are guided by these five research priorities:

  1. Reimagining educational leadership
    We live in a volatile world. Society is fragmented and inequality is rising. Our research reimagines the role of educational leaders to better address these complex challenges.
  2. Transforming teaching and learning
    Our education system is based on a model developed over a century ago. The world has changed, and our research looks at the ways teaching and learning needs to adapt and change, and foster new kinds of learners.
  3. Shaping digital futures
    The rise of digital technology is transforming the world in which we live. Our research aims to critically and proactively shape the way in which education responses now and in the future.
  4. Enhancing health and wellbeing
    Health and wellbeing are critical for a flourishing society. Our research considers how to educate and support healthy communities, address health inequities and promote physical and mentally healthy lifestyles.
  5. Educating for diversity and inclusion
    Education can reduce inequality and exclusion, or further embed it. Inclusive education practices have a particularly strong impact on students from diverse backgrounds. Our research examines how systems, institutions, educators and communities recognise and respond to diversity through ethical, socially-just and evidence-informed practices.

For more on research priorities, please download our Research Strategy 2020-2025.

Our research groups are formed by academics with similar research interests to share ideas and research efforts, and to collaborate with colleagues from other institutions.

Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer is spear-heading Australia's largest study into play-based education, investigating how young children use play and imagination to form concepts about science, technology and engineering. Professor Fleer has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. It is only the second in the history of the awards to be awarded in the field of education, the first in early childhood and is expected to put Australia at the forefront of early education research. See the Conceptual PlayLab website for more details.

The Q Project (Quality Use of Evidence Driving Quality Education), launched in November 2018, will help schools to use research evidence to improve teaching and learning, thanks to a $6.3 million grant from the Paul Ramsay Foundation. The Project is set to benefit 80,000 Australian students and 200 schools across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria. The five-year study of research use in primary and secondary schools and classrooms will be the first of its kind ever conducted in Australia. See the Q Project website for more details.

We are also a highly experienced provider of customised professional learning and immersion programs, and complex capability-building programs for teachers, school leaders, and other educators.

We work extensively with Australian and international partners across a range of activities, including Ministries of Education, government agencies and education institutions. We aim to build and maintain strategic relationships to continually advance our expertise and support the endeavors of our partners. Our most recent partnership with the Depart of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and The University of South Pacific is set to strengthen teacher education in the Pacific region.

To learn more, visit our research website.

Our Schools

As a Faculty, our academic teams work in one of three schools that align with their research.

The School of Educational Psychology and Counselling

The School of Educational Psychology and Counselling brings together some of the world’s leading experts in human development, mental health, wellbeing and early childhood. We foster collaborative opportunities to tackle the global challenges in our fields, with a particular focus on early intervention with young people, especially in our community. The school is at the forefront of international efforts to improve the educational experiences and mental health of children, families, and the settings in which they learn and live.

The School of Curriculum, Teaching and Inclusive Education

The School of Curriculum, Teaching and Inclusive Education enables some of the brightest minds in research and practice to address the big issues in teaching and learning, and foster our next generation to be adaptable and creative thinkers.

The School of Education, Culture and Society

The School of Education, Culture and Society has a broad agenda, working together to look at big issues in the sociology of education, comparative and international education, lifelong education, critical education policy studies and educational leadership.

Our reputation

number one in australia
Number 1 in Australia for Education 1
number fifteen in the world
15th in the world for Education 2
Rated "above world standard" for research 3
eighty percent
80% of students employed within 4 months 4

Monash Education is a part of a world-renowned Monash University. But as a faculty, we uphold an enviable reputation in our own right. As a Faculty of Education, we have a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and education research.

  • Monash University: Monash’s global reputation for education and research excellence ranks us in the world’s top-100 universities (48th in the 2021 US News and World Report Best Global University Rankings; 64th in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings).
    Monash is a founding member of the Group of Eight.
  • Faculty of Education: We are ranked number 1 in Australia and 15th in the world for education.
    (Academic Ranking of World Universities Subject Rankings 2021 and QS Rankings by Subject 2021)
  • Education Research: The Faculty continues to achieve four stars ‘above world standard’ for excellence in education research.
    (Excellence in Research for Australia 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018)

International collaboration

With a presence on three continents, we foster unparalleled international collaborations. Our large international student cohort adds to a vibrant, and inclusive, multicultural environment, a place where both students and staff can learn about other cultures, share ideas and establish lifelong connections.

Our international capacity allows us to forge significant alliances, having established partnerships with over 100 universities in 30 countries. Monash has key research partnerships in Italy (Prato), China (Southeast University), India (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay), and the UK (University of Warwick), plus a teaching partnership in South Africa and Malaysia.

The Faculty of Education has a vibrant research culture supported by Monash research groups, the student research community and visiting scholars. Our researchers are renowned for their multidisciplinary approach and for their resilient solutions to today’s educational problems. The Faculty contributes to knowledge about how to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. Our education international research alliance with Oxford University, McGill University, Stanford University and the University of Hong Kong situates us at the heart of academic excellence and global research collaboration.

We are always open to new and enterprising collaborations.

Our commitment to our people

We offer a generous amount of funding to attend conferences. The primary purpose of the funding is to enhance your research expertise and profile and to build your networks.

We offer Early Career Researchers and Mid-career researchers the opportunity to take part in an Emeritus mentoring scheme each year. The program aims to support academic staff in the following five Faculty/University priorities:

  1. thinking strategically about where you publish
  2. how to target external funding opportunities
  3. how to develop and articulate your program of research
  4. how to build networks and collaborate with disciplines outside of Education
  5. how to articulate the impact of your work.

About Monash University

Combining world-leading teaching, research, facilities and experiences, Monash University ranks in the world’s top 100 universities.

We are characterised by the people who work here with:

  • a sense of purpose
  • a global outlook
  • the skills and confidence to make positive change – to their own lives, and to the lives of those around them.

As a team we are inspired by and driven to achieve the goals outlined in our strategic plan Focus Monash, which articulates the goals to be Excellent, International, Enterprising and Inclusive.


To undertake research and education of the highest international quality that addresses the great challenges of our age.


To build the strength, networks and scale of our international research and education across campuses and faculties to ensure they respond to the issues and opportunities of our region and the world.


To build enduring partnerships with industry, government and other organisations that will enrich our ability to innovate, to infuse our students and staff with enterprising capabilities and provide opportunities to apply our research to make a significant impact for the betterment of our communities.


In striving to be truly excellent, we embed diversity and inclusion into the fabric of who we are and believe that achieving equity makes us better as a University and stronger as a community.

For more, visit diversity and inclusion for Monash staff.

Our campuses

As one of the world’s most liveable cities (according to Economist Intelligence Unit 2011-2018), you can expect excellent public transport and healthcare, as well as world-class infrastructure making Melbourne a magnificent city to live and work in.

Our Australian base is a vibrant, multicultural city that offers an abundance of cultural festivities, international sporting events, cafés and restaurants with cuisines from around the world, beautiful parks and beaches, and an eclectic mix of music and arts. You couldn’t pick a better place to live.

We are based at two Australian campuses: Clayton and Peninsula.

Clayton campus

Photo of Learning and Teaching Building at Clayton campus, Monash University

Clayton campus is our biggest campus, located just 20 minutes from the middle of our dynamic city.

Our Learning and Teaching Building (LTB) is the product of years of research and design thinking, and harnesses the expertise of multi-award winning design studio John Wardle Architects. It features a visually inspiring, world-class learning environment, designed to accommodate and enhance new styles of learning experience. Its open and welcoming atmosphere invites learning engagement.

Read more about what Clayton campus has to offer.

Peninsula campus

Photo of MPARC building at Peninsula campus, Monash University

Peninsula is a community-focused campus and offers exceptional facilities including an arts studio, a soundproofed amphitheatre-shaped music room and a maths lab with the latest teaching tools. The campus offers easy access to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, national parks and great food options.

Peninsula campus is also home to the Monash Peninsula Activity and Recreation Centre (MPARC).

Read more about what Peninsula campus has to offer.


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