Life Member

Associate Professor Susan Beltman

I joined WAIER in 1994 and became a member of the Executive Committee. I presented at my first Research Forum in 1995 and have held elected positions on the Executive Committee since 2002. Therefore, this year in 2019 I have been a member for over 25 years. My leadership roles in WAIER include:
2000-2002 Coordinator of Research Seminars for WAIER
2003-2009 Secretary of WAIER
2010-2011 Vice-President of WAIER
2012-2019 President (first female president)

Since receiving the WAIER Fellow award in 2010, I have held the roles of Vice President and President. During that time, under my leadership and along with members of the Executive Committee we have established our Forum as a regular event at the University of Notre Dame, secured further sponsorship from ongoing supporters such as Teachers’ Mutual Bank, developed a Research Grant, opened social media platforms of communication, and secured sponsorship from the Fogarty Foundation. The Executive Committee continues to flourish with 2 or 3 new members each year replacing those moving on to different career or life roles. I am also proud to be the first female president of WAIER.


Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis

Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis has been a member of WAIER since 2009, the year that she was also conferred to the degree of Doctor of Education (UWA). During her ten years of service to WAIER, Angela has been an active and dedicated member of the Executive Committee, inclusive of the following roles:

- Co-coordinator of the WAIER Research Seminars (2011 & 2012)

- Assistant Editor of the Issues in Educational Research (IIER) journal (2014 – present)

- Secretary of WAIER (2017 – present)

- Lead Member of the WAIER Inc. Rules Sub-committee (2017 – present)

- Chair of Sessions at the Annual WAIER Research Forums

- UWA Representative on the WAIER Executive

As the lead member of the WAIER Inc. Rules Sub-committee, Angela was instrumental in updating WAIER’s existing Constitution to align with the New Model Rules and in assisting the Treasurer to secure WAIER’s Deductible Gift Recipient status. She has also contributed to the field of educational research with numerous refereed articles, three of which have been published in the IIER journal.

Angela received the Professional Teaching Council of WA Outstanding Professional Service Award in 2018 for her services to WAIER, and was honoured with the title of WAIER Fellow at the 34th Annual WAIER Research Forum in 2019.


Dr Brad Gobby

Since becoming a member of WAIER in 2006, Brad has held a number of official positions that have contributed to WAIER’s goals of fostering and promoting Western Australian educational research. He has consistently participated in the Annual Research Forums over the past 10 years, both as presenter and organiser in various capacities. He held the position of Treasurer from 2010-2012.

Brad’s contribution to research in Western Australia includes research into the policies and programs of the WA education system. His research specifically builds critical knowledge of the Independent Public Schools program introduced in WA in 2010. Brad is contributor and co-editor of Powers of Curriculum: Sociological perspectives on education published by Oxford University Press (2017).

Life members

Judy MacCallumDr Judith MacCallum

Judith’s academic career began at Murdoch in 1993 as a lecturer in educational psychology, while completing a doctorate in Education. She received the 1998 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Award for Doctoral Research in Education – Special Commendation. In 2001-2002 she was Academic Chair of the Initial Teacher Education program. From 2003 to 2007 as Director of the Centre for Learning, Change and Development, Judith had responsibility for leading the consultancy and applied research of the School. She was Academic Chair of Research and Postgraduate Studies before appointment as Dean of Education from 2009 -2013.

Judy has been a consistent supporter of WAIER over many years. Her involvement has included: being a presenter at the 6th WAIER Forum in 1991; serving as a member of the Executive Committee from February 1994 to 2012 – 18 years; serving as Treasurer from 1998 to 2000, and Vice President from 2001-2003. In 2009, Judy was made a Fellow of WAIER.

Dr Clare McBeathDr Clare McBeath

Clare was appointed a Fellow of WAIER in 2008. Clare has been active in WAIER as a Forum presenter since 1986, a member of the WAIER Committee since 2000, Editor of Issues in Educational Research for 10 years from 2001 to 2011, and desk top publisher of Issues in Educational Research since 1992 – she still has this role. Clare plays a major role in the WAIER Forum each year, specifically taking responsibility for the publication of the Program Booklet, drawing up the timetable of presentations and coordinating the chairing of sessions. She willingly offers advice and support to novice presenters and writers. Clare has also supported educational research in Western Australia and further afield over the years with her involvement in organisations and events such as the annual Teaching Learning Forum, ASCILITE, ATEA, and HERDSA.

Clare’s contribution to WAIER is her: continuing contribution to WAIER as an executive committee member; role as Editor of the IIER journal and then as past Editor playing a supportive role; and role as IIER publisher – providing support and practical assistance for editors and authors.

Dr Roger Atkinson

Dr Roger AtkinsonA member of WAIER since 1994, he initiated the WAIER and IIER websites in the mid-nineties. Roger joined the WAIER Executive Committee in 2002 and his role of business manager and webmaster for the journal and for the IIER and WAIER web sites were formalised. He also took on the role as archivist for WAIER – for which I am very grateful when I prepare presentations such as this. Roger was appointed a Fellow of WAIER in 2008 in recognition not only of his work with WAIER but also his contribution to educational research through his roles with journals, conference and web sites such as the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), the ASCILITE Conferences, the Teaching and Learning Forum and HERDSA’s Newsletter. He has willingly taken on the role of assisting writers with their publications and supporting new researchers.

Roger’s contribution to WAIER is his: continuing contribution to WAIER as an Executive Committee member since 1994; roles relating to the IIER journal, including IIER business and web site manager; conceived, developed and maintained the original WAIER website; and role as archivist for WAIER.


Lina PellicioneDr Lina Pellicione

Lina Pelliccione Dip Teach, BEd, PG Dip Ed Studies, MEd, PhD (Curtin) is Associate Professor and Head of School in the School of Education, Curtin University of Technology.

Associate Professor Lina Pelliccione is currently the Head of School, in the School of Education at Curtin University. She has been in a full time position at the University for over 10 years. During this time she has had a wide range of experience serving on a number of internal and external professional committees and Boards. In 2008, she received an Outstanding Professional Service Award from the Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia.

Her background is in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and she has coordinated and lectured in a range of units that deal with the integration and effective use of ICT in teaching and learning. She has a primary teaching background and her teaching and research interests include: the adoption and implementation of ICT in teaching and learning; enhancing learning through the use of ICT with young children through to adults; electronic portfolios; innovation and change. In 2006 Lina was awarded a Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching: Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for her work into ePortfolios as part of the development of critical and reflective teachers.

Dr Susan Beltman

Sue Beltman Fellow Dr Susan Beltman did her Master of Education and PhD at Murdoch University, and has a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Dip Ed from the University of Western Australia. Sue is now with the School of Education at Curtin University’s Bentley Campus, where during the past 6 years she has lectured in educational psychology and served as the First Year Experience Coordinator.

Sue joined WAIER in 1994 and has been a Member of the Executive since 1998 – holding the positions of Secretary and Vice-President with great efficiency and reliability. She has also played a major role in organising our Annual Research Forums and Research Seminars.

Sue has not only contributed to the role of WAIER within the broader research community but she acknowledges WAIER’s role, and its colleagues, in supporting her growth as a researcher and its contributions to the broader research community. Sue has conducted research, presented at conferences and written numerous publications in (but not limited to) the following areas: adolescent motivation (schooling and sport); motivation for professional learning; powerful learning environments; effective role models; mentoring and cognitive coaching; and developing social skills and resilience.

Dr Jan Gray

Jan GrayDr Jan Gray BEd, MEd, PhD is currently Director of Higher Degrees in the School of Education, Edith Cowan University. She is an Associate Editor for the international journal Teaching and Teacher Education and National Treasurer, Australian Teacher Education Association.

Jan has been a member of WAIER since 1996 including 8 years service on the Executive Committee, including being Conference Convenor 2003-2008, and she has served on the Editorial Board of WAIER’s journal Issues in Educational Research from 2008.

Jan’s research awards include the Lawrence McGrath Prize for Outstanding Research in Educational Administration in 2000, and a WAIER Postgraduate Award in 1996. Her teaching and learning awards include a Carrick Citation in 2007 for excellence and innovation in university teaching; a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Teaching 2007 – a team award for supporting postgraduate students in the field of social science; an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004; and Annual Postgraduate Awards for Excellence for Leadership in Research and Research Supervision 1999-2007.

Jan’s main research intersts include the factors impacting on development of a school culture conducive to student engagement, achievement, participation and retention; and frameworks within which school leaders can implement sustainable change.

Her current projects include ‘Developing a Supportive Senior School Culture (across three 3 schools)’ and ‘The Role of the new School Boards’ (Fogarty Foundation). Other research interests include ‘A longitudinal evaluation of the 100 Schools ICT implementation’; ‘Indigenous student attendance, retention and success in High School’ (ARC); ‘Aboriginal Literacy and Numeracy … Closing the Gap’; research methods, and above all providing quality supervision for postgraduate students.

Dr Lesley Newhouse-Maiden

Newhouse-MaidenDr Lesley Newhouse-Maiden is an adjunct senior lecturer in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Her major research specialisation is curriculum development, and catering for individual differences, particularly as they relate to fostering social equity and excellence in higher education and in schools.

Lesley retired from full-time lecturing in November 2006. However, in 2008, she continued to coordinate a “middle years education” unit for final pre-service secondary teachers. She continues to supervise postgraduate students, to research educational issues, and to evaluate journal articles and theses.

She graduated with a BSc from Durham University in UK in 1960, gaining her MSc in 1972, and her MA in Education in 1978. In 2002, Lesley completed her PhD that was a longitudinal study on women in engineering and engineering education (1992-1999). In the 1960s, Lesley worked in commercial research with ICI in UK; taught science in high schools in UK and Cyprus; and has lectured in teacher education since 1972 in UK and Australia.

Lesley was a member of the 1995 working party that produced a Position Paper related to women in Engineering in Australia. In 2004, she completed on behalf of the Vice Chancellor (ECU) a Position Paper for BHERT on the under representation of women in ICT and, in 2005, a Senate Summit Position Paper on the same topic.

Some of Dr Newhouse-Maiden’s achievements include:

- for Michaelmas Term, 2002, she was awarded a prestigious Visiting Fellowship by the Society of Fellows at Durham University, UK;
- as a member of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) teaching team (2001-2006), she received a prestigious Carrick award for teaching excellence in the Social Sciences (Education) category as a member of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) teaching team;
- in March 2005 she was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, as a member of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) teaching team (2001-2004), who were awarded this prestigious award;
- in November 2009 Lesley accepted the inaugural “Distinguished Service Award” by the Middle Schooling Association of Western Australia.

Dr Judy MacCallum

MacCallumDr Judy MacCallum commenced her term as Dean, School of Education, Murdoch University, on 9 February 2009. She has enjoyed a long career with Murdoch University and has worked within the School of Education since 1987, most recently as a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology. Prior to 2009, Judy has held a number of leadership roles in the School, including chairing the School’s major program committees and undertaking the role of Director of the School’s Centre for Learning, Change and Development. She is presently an elected staff member of the University’s Academic Council.

Prior to coming to Murdoch, Judy worked as a secondary school science teacher. Judy’s teaching and research focus on social and cognitive interaction for learning and development, and ways to create effective learning environments in a range of educational and community contexts. Her interests revolve around collaborative learning and teaching, motivational change, and mentoring. Drawing on sociocultural perspectives, Judy’s research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand development at personal, interpersonal and community levels.

Recent work has focused on children’s social and emotional development, motivational and leadership development, teachers’ instructional practices, mentoring of young people and program effectiveness, intergenerational exchange, and teacher professional development and mentoring.