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Louise is the Director of Student Engagement in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. In this leadership capacity Louise focuses on the development of a positive and engaging academic and personal experience for faculty students. Her current priority areas in this role are student health and wellbeing, social inclusion and employabiity. To enable her to better inform her contribution to Student Engagement and Student Advising, Louise's resarch focuses on student inclusion in education. In particular, she is interested in ways in which universities can support and develop all students to reach their academic and personal potential.  Leveraging her previous educationally inclusive research in the areas of cultural inclusion for migrant and refugee youth,  Louise is now investigating pre-service teachers confidence and comfort about teaching LGBTIQ students and ways in which this can inform current and future teaching practice. Louise leverages her strong performing arts background as a means to drive socially inclusive educational practices and to include students more actively in their educational life.

Louise’s strong teacher practitioner focus and emphasis on teacher-led research, underpin all of her work. She uses action research to drive flexible and contemporary teaching practice, including the combination of a Blended Learning and Team teaching approach in the classroom. This combined approach has underpinned innovative changes to her work with her pre-service students and led to an international collaboration in the area of Online Live English Language teaching. The Blended Learning and Team Teaching approach is underpinned by pedagogy which re-considers the role of the teacher and student in the classroom. Louise has disseminated the findings of this research and innovative teacher practitioner work via various journal publications and national and international conference papers.

Louise also uses historical research methodology to inform and give perspective to all that she does. Her ground breaking research about Australian women music educators from 1890-1950 enabled a more complex understanding of her work in socially inclusive education and inclusive student advising. The early Australian women music educators faced prejudice and discrimination, as well as social exclusion, which aligns and relfects the types of experiences students from minority groups and diverse backgrounds can experience today.

Research area keywords

  • Using the performing arts to enable social inclusion for culturally diverse youth
  • Socially inclusive curriculum and school environments
  • Blended Learning and Team teaching approaches in the classroom
  • Developing globally competent teachers
  • History and experience of Australian women educators

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

Research Output

Professional Standards for Teachers of Online Live English Teaching (OLET)

Zhang, H., Chan, P. W. K., Jenkins, L., Tour, K., Cutri, J., Dong, Z. & Hu, X., Jan 2020, Monash University. 118 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Global issues in academic advising: foundations of the advising practice

Consta, V., Cronin, C., Jenkins, L., Onishi, Y., Rodríguez Santiago, N., Tobi-David, R. & Zhan, Y., 21 Oct 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Action research: a reflective tool for teaching

Jenkins, L. & Crawford, R., 1 Jan 2018, Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching: A Look into Australian Classrooms. Barnes, M., Gindidis, M. & Phillipson, S. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 229-238 10 p.

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


Award for Teaching Excellence

Jenkins, Louise (Recipient), Dec 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Partnership Development

Jenkins, Louise (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

MPA Supervisor of the Year Award Finalist

Jenkins, Louise (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

MPA Supervisor of the Year Award Finalist

Jenkins, Louise (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence Finalist

Jenkins, Louise (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 External research and teaching
  • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities 2019

Renee Crawford (Speaker), & Louise Jenkins (Speaker)


Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Inquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of music education in Victorian schools (Parliament of Victoria: Education and Training Committee)

Louise Jenkins (Speaker)

Nov 2013

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

International Society for Music Education (External organisation)

Louise Jenkins (Member)


Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

The impact of racism on the health and wellbeing of young Australians

Louise Jenkins (Contributor)


Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research and teaching