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The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is the highest honour that Deakin (via its Council) can bestow upon its academic staff members.
In March 2012 the title of Alfred Deakin Professor is conferred upon Professor Jill Blackmore, Director of the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts and Education.
Professor Jill Blackmore joined Deakin University in 1987 as a Lecturer in Education. She was appointed to a Personal Chair in 2002 and to the position of Director of the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, in 2009. The Centre aims to become the preeminent centre for educational research in the Asia Pacific region and is committed to theoretically informed, and practice oriented, research that informs educational policy and practice.
Professor Blackmore’s current work focuses on global restructuring and how it articulates locally in terms of organisational change and the production of teacher, academic and student identities.
The dominant research question throughout all her work is; “What do changing relations between structures, organisations and identities mean for more equitable education systems and a more equitable society?” She currently holds three Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and two category 2 grants to support this work which involves teams across different faculties and universities. Professor Blackmore has a long history of successfully gaining external competitive grants to support her research.
Throughout her research career, promoting equity has been a constant, producing works such as Performing and Re-forming Leaders: gender, educational restructuring and organisational change (with Judyth Sachs 2007, SUNY Press) which won the Critics Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association in the year it was published. From her earliest publications, Professor Blackmore has used feminist theory to inform the field of leadership and educational administration, and now edits a Routledge book series with Professor Pat Thomson (University of Nottingham) and Professor Helen Gunter (University of Manchester) on Critical Theories and Educational Leadership.
As Director of the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation, Professor Blackmore has provided strong leadership in building an education research profile at Deakin by leading teams that have successfully built a research grant profile as well as a publication and impact profile. In addition, she has also been very successful in building future capacity by working closely with early career researchers and successfully supervising a large cohort of PhD students who consistently seek out Professor Blackmore to be the supervisor of their doctoral work. She carries a large load in PhD supervision and to date 24 of her doctoral students have successfully graduated. Many are now in successful academic positions across Australia and internationally.