It is with some sadness that I pass on the news that Mandi Berry will be moving to Monash later this year to lead the development of the Centre of STEM Education. Under Mandi’s directorship the Centre will focus on advancing the national STEM agenda through research, pedagogy and engagement.
On the one hand I am delighted for Mandi – this is an exciting opportunity and one for which she is perfectly suited. Mandi’s international reputation and collegial spirit will, I have no doubt, see the Centre flourish. On the other hand I know Mandi will be greatly missed here at RMIT. She has been an exceptional colleague, contributing to both teaching and research in the school and she has formed strong collaborations across the University. I have greatly valued her contribution to the Senior Leadership Group.
I know her decision has not been an easy one. As Mandi wrote to me,
It is with very mixed feelings that I leave RMIT. The School of Education is poised at an exciting moment in its development that I would very much like to be a part of, but the role at Monash offers me a once in a lifetime opportunity to take the next step in my academic career.
Mandi will finish up at RMIT at the end of September. Over the next few months she will continue to work with her PhD students and focus on the following projects for the school:
- Completing Mitchell Institute funded project investigating school-university partnerships focusing on enquiry
- STEM projects: STEM-WISE project – research and workshops; ECP grant for STEM and social change
- ATN grant on 360 video in science education
- Leadership of the RMIT Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation for 1300 code (2 and 4 digit levels)
- Presenting RMIT sponsored research at the International Study Association Conference, Salamanca and the European Science Education research Association conference, Dublin
- Co-editing the new International Handbook of Self-study of Teaching & Teacher Education Practices
We will of course find ways to celebrate Mandi’s time in the school and cook up some creative collaborations before she leaves.