Staff profile - Karen Starr

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Prof Karen Starr

Position: Chair in School Dev and Leadership
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Education
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446469 +61 3 92446469
Fax: +61 3 925 17158 +61 3 925 17158



  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2000
  • Master of Education, University of South Australia, 1993
  • Bachelor of Education, Adelaide College of Advanced Education, 1979


Australian College of Educators (Fellow)
Australian Council for Educational Leaders (Fellow)
Australian Institute of Company Directors (Advanced Graduate and Fellow)
International Economic Development and Research Center, HK (Fellow)
Australian Association for Research in Education
Association of Women Educators
Australian Curriculum Studies Association

Professional activities

Member,Deakin University Academic Board
Member, International Aspects Committee, Association of School Business Officials International (ASBOInt)
Editorial Advisory Board member, International Aspects Committee, Association of School Business Officials International (ASBOInt)


Teaching Interests

EEE 723
EEG 701 (Unit chair)International Schooling
ECV 705 (Unit chair)Learning and Development in Organisations
I supervise 10 PhD students
Masters by research supervision: EXR 790; EXR 796; EXR 797


Awards and prizes

Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow, Australian College of Educators
Fellow, International Economic Development and Researh Center, HK
Telstra Business Women's Awards, Australian and Victorian winner, 2004, not-for-profit sector


Research projects

2011 2013 Measuring and improving the effectiveness and responsiveness of Deakin Universitys inclusive support programs; Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, DEEWR. (Starr, K., Blake, D. and Zacharias, N.)

Polesel, J., Starr, K., Blake, D. (2012). Innovative partnerships. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with Partner Organisations: 1. Association of Independent Schools NSW, 2. Catholic Education Commission of South Australia, 3. NSW Education and Communities State Training Services, 4. Department of Education and Childrens Services South Australia, 5. Catholic Education Commission of NSW, 6. Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, 7. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria, 8. Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. $340,000 and $189,000 from partners = $529,000.

Research interests

Educational leadership
Organisational change and renewal
Education restructuring and reform
Educational business and governance
Social justice and equity in education

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