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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 interests 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 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.

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

 

 

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

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Projects 2017 2017

Research Output 2015 2018

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

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

Looking back to understand the present and future

Brooks, J. S., Wilkinson, J. & Heffernan, A. 2 Oct 2018 In : Journal of Educational Administration and History. 50, 4, p. 239-240 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access
File

Metaphors for women’s experiences of early career academia: Buffy, Alice, and Frankenstein’s creature

Netolicky, D., Barnes, N. & Heffernan, A. 2018 Lived Experiences of Women in Academia: Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir. Black, A. L. & Garvis, S. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 171-180 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

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

Heffernan, T. A. & Heffernan, A. 1 Jun 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Professional Development in Education. 12 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

  • 4 Peer review responsibility
  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Committees and working groups

Australian Association for Research in Education: Early Career Researcher Representative

Heffernan, A. (Executive Member)
2018 → …

Activity: Committees and working groups

International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education

Heffernan, A. (Member of programme committee)
2018 → …

Activity: Contribution to conference

Journal of Educational Administration and History (Journal)

Heffernan, A. (Associate editor)
Apr 2018 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

The Australian Educational Researcher (Journal)

Heffernan, A. (Peer reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Peer review responsibility

International Journal of Leadership in Education (Journal)

Heffernan, A. (Associate editor)
Jul 2017

Activity: Editorial responsibility