I am delighted to announce the appointment of our new Professor and Associate Dean, R&I, Jeff Brooks. Jeff will join us on May 1 from Monash University, where he is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership. Jeff currently teaches both research methods and educational leadership and has conducted studies domestically, and in the US, the Philippines, Thailand and most recently in Indonesia. His research focuses on educational leadership and the way leaders influence (and are influenced by) socio-cultural dynamics such as social justice, racism and globalization. He has particular expertise in increasing the quantity and quality of staff and graduate student publications. He is author of over 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, two full-length books (including the award-winning Black School, White School: Racism and Educational (Mis)leadership), and he has edited/co-edited 13 scholarly volumes. He is also co-editor of the Journal of Educational Administration & History and series editor for the Educational Leadership for Social justice book series.
Prior to his work at Monash Jeff was a Professor of Educational Leadership and Chair of the Leadership & Counseling Department at the University of Idaho. He has also worked at Iowa State University, Florida State University, the University of Missouri, Auburn University and Florida International University. Earlier in his career Jeff was a secondary school Language Arts teacher at Columbia Independent School. Jeff is a skilled and passionate educator with a love of Columbia, Missouri and his favourite soccer team, Bayern Münich. You’ll have to ask him to find out the story!
Over the next three months Prof Annette Gough has kindly offered to step in as Acting Associate Dean, R&I. I know our research will be in safe hands over this period and am most grateful to Annette for her willingness to support the school in this way. Annette will start in the role on Monday.
Once again my thanks to Peter Kelly for his leadership of R&I over the previous years. I look forward to building on the foundations Peter helped to put in place.