Faculty of Education and Arts

Team profiles


Professor Erica Smith has worked as a personnel manager in industry, TAFE teacher, community worker, ITAB director, and RTO manager and has been an academic for 20 years. She has published widely (over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and many other publications), on training policy and curriculum, VET practitioners, apprenticeships and traineeships, students' part-time working, and also in teaching and research in higher education. Erica has won, as project manager, Over $1 million in nationally-competitive grants and $391,000 in research consultancies. She is co-convenor of INAP, the International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship, and convenor of the Experienced Researchers' Group of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association. For more information about research interests and publications, click here


Dr Annette Foley has worked across the TAFE, Higher Education, Secondary, Adult Community Education, and private training sectors for over 25 years. Annette has first hand experience as a TAFE manager and CEO in an VET/ACE and youth services organisation, where she has liaised and worked with industry, community and local government agencies to develop education and training programs for people. Annette is an active researcher in the areas of Vocational Education and Training, Adult and Community Education, and Lifelong Learning, where she has published widely both in Australia and internationally. Annette's national profile in the VET and Adult Education sector include being invited as speaker most recently to ACE VIC and British Education, Leadership and Management Society (BELMAS). In addition Annette has participated in and completed several large competitively funded projects, most recently for the Western Australia Department of Education and Training; National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre and NCVER. For more information about research interests and publications, click here

Dr Jacqueline Tuck is a Research Fellow in the Federation Business School. After completing her Economics and Agricultural Economics degree at the University of Nottingham and qualifying to teach Maths and Science in secondary schools, she worked as a researcher at the University across a range of economic and social science disciplines. She moved to Australia in 1997 and held the Administrative Manager role in the School of Education at the University of Ballarat for a number of years. Jackie’s PhD is in the area of corporate reputation and corporate social responsibility. Following completion of her PhD in 2009, Jackie held a University of Ballarat Early Career Development Fellowship and was involved in a number of collaborative research projects including the NCVER project on building innovation capacity. Jackie is currently working on RAVE’s NCVER project into employer training and the ARC-funded project on VET Teachers and their qualifications, and is part of a research team from the Business School completing a Low Income Energy Efficiency project in the region - funded by the Federal Government. In addition, Jackie is supervising a number of PhD students, including one exploring Continuing Professional Development in Allied Health Care, and is currently the Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator for the Business School. For more information about research interests and publications, click here


Adele Echter has lectured in her current position at the Mt Helen Campus for over ten years. She has also worked as an English teacher at VCE level. She is currently lecturing in the areas of curriculum theory and development; Information technologies in teaching and learning; teaching and learning pedagogy; E-Learning; Middle years eEngagement and language and literacy. Her interests over the past ten years have included students' interactions in online learning environments, disadvantaged learners and adult learning in rural communities. She is currently researching communities of practice, informal, non-formal and incidental learning of adults in volunteer and leisure settings with a focus on sailing for her PhD. For more information about research interests and publications, click here

Professor Barry Golding has extensive research experience in all adult learning sectors. His adult learning research in the past fifteen years has focused mainly on adult and community education, with a recent emphasis on the learning experienced by men through their participation in community organisations. He is currently involved in a suite of national and international studies of men's learning and well-being through community participation. He has completed recent national studies of learning through fire and emergency services organisations, Indigenous vocational education organisations, refugee organisations, men's learning through community organisations and community men's sheds. In 2009 he led a study of Learning to be drier in the southern Murray Darling Basin with other RAVE members. Barry is President of Adult Learning Australia and Patron of The Australian Men's Sheds Association in a community capacity.


Professor Lawrie Angus was a teacher in secondary schools for 11 years before becoming an academic at Deakin University. He also worked at Monash University for a number of years before joining the University of Ballarat. His areas of interest include education management and leadership, social and educational policy, equity and disadvantage. He is particularly interested in critical approaches to educational policy and management, with particular emphasis on power and politics in organisations. He supervises research in areas such as educational restructuring, ethnographies of educational organisation and culture, and social and educational reform. His major research programs are in educational policy and restructuring, and continuity and change in education. These focus on issues of educational reform and the assertion and playing out of reform agendas in sites of educational practice. He has received funding for this work from the Australian Research Council, Australian National University, the Department of Education, Science and Training, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Victorian Industry Education Partnerships, the Victorian State Board of Education and the National VET Equity Advisory Council, as well as from Monash University, Deakin University and the University of Ballarat. For more information about research interests and publications, click here