Faculty of Education and Arts

Professor John McDonald

John McDonald

Position Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts
Location Mt Helen Campus, T Building, Room T225
Phone 5327 9611
Email j.mcdonald@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma of Education (Tertiary Teaching) - University of Ballarat - 1998

Doctor of Philosophy - La Trobe - 1991

Bachelor of Arts (Honours, First Class) - La Trobe – 1982


Scholarly Awards

Jean Martin Prize for best empirical research in honours year (1982) Sociology Department, La Trobe University

DM Myers University Medal for outstanding honours graduate (1982) School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University


Teaching

  • Research design and methodology
  • Introductory sociology

Biography

John is a sociologist. He has held various leadership positions as dean, head of school, and research director over the past 20 years. There are three key drivers to his work: (1) opening up access to, and successful participation in, tertiary education for students from regional areas and low socio-economic backgrounds; (2) establishing collaborative research programs that are deeply engaged with partner organisations; and (3) community-university engagement. Among his key achievements have been: the creation of an early career researcher development program for the University of Ballarat that was subsequently rolled out at other universities across Australia; the establishment of the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History to capitalise on the unique history and heritage in this part of the world; and the creation of a research collaboration with the Central Highlands Area Partnership to address critical issues affecting vulnerable children and families.    John is passionate about the power of education to transform lives and communities.


Areas of expertise

  • Community-university partnerships and community engagement
  • Participation in and access to tertiary education
  • Introductory and health sociology
  • Research design and methodology
  • Research with a rural and regional focus Applied research that impacts on public policy

Research interests

  • Community engagement
  • Critical, engaged, public sociology
  • Health sociology
  • Research with a rural and regional focus
  • Applied research that impacts on public policy

Supervision

John has supervised 26 higher degree students to completion. Several of these have been supported by APAI scholarships from his Australian Research Council Linkage grants. He is currently supervising 5 students.


Publications

John has published more than 85 chapters, refereed articles, conference papers and professional reports.

Nationally competitive research grants

2010 Australian Research Council – Linkages grant
Project: Re-engaging young people with learning
Researchers: Smyth, J. and McDonald, J.
Funding: $225,000 over 3 years

2009 Australian Research Council – Linkages grant
Project: The impact of the introduction of electronic gaming machines on communities: Health and wellbeing consequences
Researchers: McDonald, J., Aucote, A., and Cooper, A.
Funding: $241,000 over 3 years

2004 Australian Research Council – Research Network grant (hosted by University of Queensland)
Research Network: Spatially Integrated Social Science Research in Australia
Researchers: Member of syndicate of 50 researchers across Australia
Funding: $2.5 million over 5 years

2003 Australian Research Council – Research Network seeding grant (hosted by University of Queensland)
Research Network: Spatially Integrated Social Science Research in Australia
Researchers: Member of syndicate of 50 researchers across Australia
Seed funding: $30,000 over 4 months

2003 Australian Research Council – Linkages grant
Project: An innovative measure of health and wellbeing: Rapid appraisal via analysis of patterns of calls to Lifeline
Researcher: McDonald, J.
Funding: $95,000 over 3 years

2000 Australian Research Council – SPIRT grant
Project: Career trajectories and professional identities of rural general practitioners
Researcher: McDonald, J.
Funding: $94,000 over 3 years

2000: Australian Research Council – SPIRT grant
Project: The adoption of innovations in information technology and evidence-based practice among rural health practitioners
Researcher: McDonald, J.
Funding: $94,000 over 3 years

Other grants and research

With collaborating researchers, John has obtained more than 31 grants and research consultancies over the past 15 years. The total value of these exceeds $2.7 million. Many of these projects have contributed to social policy and program development at regional, state and national levels.