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Lucas Walsh

Welcome to the Faculty of Education. The Faculty is made up of richly diverse and highly talented professional and academic staff. Collectively, we offer innovative curriculum and pedagogy that responds to the changing needs of our students and community.

Like educators throughout the world, our staff and graduates are driven by a deep purpose to make a difference in people’s lives by improving the quality of education within Australia and globally.

To do so, the Faculty of Education collaborates with educators, schools and other institutions of teaching and learning, as well as policy-makers and practitioners across public, not-for-profit and private sectors. With its extremely strong international reputation, the Faculty is highly regarded for its education, research, work with communities throughout the world. Our reach is truly international.

I encourage you to explore and experience the outstanding opportunities we offer for study, research and professional services

Professor Lucas Walsh
Interim Dean, Faculty of Education

Why work for Education

Outstanding expertise & 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

We strive to engage in research that is original, rigorous and impartial. Our vision is for our research to inform professional practice, public debate, policy and community action!

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 the best ways to support our next generation of thinkers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Professor Fleer has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council for her work investigating how young children use play and imagination to form concepts about science, technology and engineering.

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.

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.

We are also a highly experienced provider of customised professional learning and immersion programs and the delivery of 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.

Find out more about our exciting research.

The Monash Education Reputation

Monash is in the top one percent of world universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014.

We have a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are ranked number 1 in Australia and 12th in the world for education in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019.

International Collaboration

As the only Australian university with a presence on four continents, Monash Education fosters 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.

We are always open to other 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.

Our leading University

At Monash we have a lot to be proud to be the largest university in Australia and are consistently ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide

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 that will shape our future to 2020 and beyond – 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.


To seek talented students and staff, irrespective of social or economic circumstances, and build a connected community of students and staff in a diverse University that is deeply engaged with the wider community.

We are the only Group of Eight university to be accredited as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Campus life

As one of the world’s most liveable cities*, you can expect excellence in public transport and healthcare, as well as world-class infrastructure making Melbourne a magnificent city in which to live and work.

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.

Located just 20 minutes from the middle of our dynamic city, Clayton campus is home to a wonderful vista of native trees and shrubs that few public, open spaces can match.

Our new Learning and Teaching Building is the product of years of research and design thinking, and harnesses the expertise of multi-award winning design studio John Wardle Architects. The process has taken in and examined each critical aspect of the learning and collaborative experience – from room size and the effects of crowd size and attribution upon student participation, down to the optimum table shape and importance of ease of access to charging facilities.

The result is a visually inspiring, world-class learning environment, designed to accommodate and enhance new styles of learning experience. The open, welcoming atmosphere of the Learning and Teaching Building invites learning engagement.

The building will accommodate thousands of students each semester and will be the home of advanced learning and teaching practice across Monash.

*Economist Intelligence Unit 2011-2018.

Our jobs

Are you an academic looking to be part of world-renowned research? We are always keen to hear from future Monash thought-leaders and researchers.

Explore the benefits, learn more about training and development, and what it's like to be part of the Monash Education team.

Current Opportunities 

Professor in Educational Leadership
Educational Leadership, focused on local and global governance of education and policy development, and re-imagining educational leadership in Australia and beyond.

Professor in Educational Psychology (Inclusion)
Educational Psychology, focused on developing responsive, high-quality, inclusive, ethical and socially just educational practice, in the context of societies and communities becoming super-diverse.

Professor of Teacher Education
Teacher Education, focused on teacher education and professional learning, in the context of understanding processes around how society and communities become super-diverse, and which can inform educational practices, in Australia and beyond.

Professor in Educational Counselling
Educational Counselling, focused on enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Australia and beyond, and across a life course.


Associate Professor Alan Reid

Associate Dean, Academic Staffing