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Optimising the Professional Adaptation of Asian Australian Immigrant Teachers


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I am a Lecturer in Teacher Education at the Faculty of Education at Monash University. My research focuses on (1) increasing teacher diversity and (2) raising the status of the teaching profession. My work addresses issues of diversity, inclusion, social justice and equity in education.

My 2021 PhD thesis, “Optimising the professional adaptation of Asian Australian immigrant teachers”, examined the professional adaptation experiences of immigrant teachers and how their teaching knowledge is shaped by the change in educational contexts associated with the migration experience. 

I was awarded the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Gold Medal from Nanyang Technological University for outstanding performance in the Masters programme in 2012 and the Early Career Researcher Presentation Award by the British Education Research Association (BERA) in 2020. In 2022, I received the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Early Career Researcher Grant to support my research in teacher knowledge development.

Research interests

Teacher Diversity, Teacher Status, Teacher Workforce, Transition into Teaching, Teacher Attraction, Teacher Retention, Teacher Belonging

Community service

Supervision interests

I would like to hear from prospective research students who are interested in exploring issues related to:

(1) Teacher Diversity - This might include the experiences or professional transition of teachers and pre-service teachers from ethnic and culturally diverse backgrounds, immigrant/migrant teachers, overseas-trained teachers, minority teachers, and career-change teachers.

(2) Teacher Status—This might include issues related to teachers' professional status and the prestige of the teaching profession, teacher professionalisation, teacher attraction and retention, professional identity, teacher workplace conditions, autonomy, and sense of belonging to the profession.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Optimising the Professional Adaptation of Asian-Australian immigrant Teachers, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 8 Sept 2021

Education, Master of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), National institute of Education

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

Science, Bachelor of Science (Honours), National University of Singapore

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

Research area keywords

  • Teacher Diversity
  • Teacher Status
  • Teacher Worforce
  • Transition into Teaching
  • Teacher Identity and Emotions
  • Minority Teachers
  • Professional Transition
  • Immigrant/Migrant Teachers
  • Teacher Retention
  • Teacher Shortage
  • Teacher Attraction
  • Career Change Teachers
  • Teacher Belonging

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