If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Biography

Dr Amanda Heffernan is a lecturer in Leadership in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. 

Having previously worked as a school principal and principal coach and mentor for Queensland’s Department of Education, Amanda’s key research areas include leadership, social justice, and policy enactment. In particular, she is interested in the wider implications of accountability and autonomy for schools, as well as in how school leaders enact policies and discourses. 

Amanda's current research projects also focus on the working lives of school principals. She is interested in how the work of principals is enacted, as well as the impact of the principalship on other aspects of school leaders' lives. 

Amanda’s PhD thesis, awarded by the University of Queensland in 2017, explored the evolution of the principalship during a period of rapid school reforms. It won the ‘Research in Educational Leadership and Management Award’ for exceptional academic achievement in advanced studies in educational leadership, as selected by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

In 2016, Amanda was named a ‘New Voice Scholar’ in the area of Educational Leadership Research by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. She was one of the 2015 recipients of the Australian Association for Research in Education’s Postgraduate Student Researcher Award for her paper exploring the way principals’ practices have changed since the 2008 introduction of NAPLAN testing. This paper was later named a finalist for Springer’s Best Paper award for the Australian Educational Researcher. 

In 2018, Amanda was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research at the Institute of Education, University College London. She also published her first sole-authored book, The Principal and School Improvement: Theorising Discourse, Policy and Practice

Amanda also has research interests in the lives and experiences of academics, including researching into the changing nature of academic work. 

Amanda is serving as the Early Career Researcher representative on the Australian Association for Research in Education Executive Committee for the years 2018-2019. 

 

 

Keywords

  • Leadership
  • policy analysis and effects on systems, staff and students
  • school reform
  • School improvement and accountability
  • Educational Leadership Studies
  • Higher Education
  • Academic Identities
  • policy enactment
  • school principals
  • educational leadership
  • Rural Education
  • academic labour
  • School leadership

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2017 2017

Research Output 2015 2019

The academic exodus: the role of institutional support in academics leaving universities and the academy

Heffernan, T. A. & Heffernan, A., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Professional Development in Education. 45, 1, p. 102-113 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The 'punk rock principal': a metaphor for rethinking educational leadership

Heffernan, A., 18 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Educational Administration and History. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

An online engagement framework for higher education

Redmond, P., Abawi, L-A., Brown, A., Henderson, R. & Heffernan, A., 1 Jan 2018, In : Online Learning Journal . 22, 1, p. 183-204 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File

Education and democracy for complex contemporary childhoods

Riddle, S. & Heffernan, A., 2018, In : Global Studies of Childhood. 8, 4, p. 319-324 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Language Games: University Responses to Ranking Metrics

Heffernan, T. A. & Heffernan, A., Jan 2018, In : Higher Education Quarterly. 72, 1, p. 29-39 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Division A Outstanding Dissertation Award Honourable Mention

Amanda Heffernan (Recipient), Apr 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Emerging Scholar Award - International Journal of Leadership in Education

Amanda Heffernan (Recipient), Apr 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

'New Voice' in Educational Leadership Research Scholarship

Amanda Heffernan (Recipient), 29 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Research in Educational Leadership and Management Award

Amanda Heffernan (Recipient), 30 Aug 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2016 2018

International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education

Amanda Heffernan (Member of programme committee)
2018 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Australian Association for Research in Education: Early Career Researcher Representative

Amanda Heffernan (Executive Member)
2018 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

SSTAR Conference 2018

Amanda Heffernan (Keynote/plenary speaker)
7 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

University College London

Amanda Heffernan (Visiting researcher)
25 Sep 201824 Oct 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Journal of Educational Administration and History (Journal)

Amanda Heffernan (Associate editor)
Apr 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility