Staff profile - Ruth Arber

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Dr Ruth Arber

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: N322, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43933 +61 3 924 43933



Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL)
Director Masters of Education (TESOL)
Co-Director Centre for teaching and Learning languages (CTaLL)
Coordinator Internationalisation, Inclusivity and Knowledge Work ERG


  • Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, 1975
  • Diploma of Education, Monash University, 1977
  • Bachelor of Education, La Trobe University, 1986
  • Master of Education (Research), La Trobe University, 1994
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2003


2003/12 Joint Educational Systems and Tertiary Institutions ESL Forum (JETsiel)
1986/12 Victorian Association of Teachers of Multicultural Education (VICTESOL)
1986/108 Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA)
2004/12 Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE)
1986/12 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
1986/12 American Education Research Association (AERA)
2002/12 Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANCZIES)

Professional activities

2012 - 15 Assoc. Editor TESOL in Context
2012 Co-Convener 2012 TASA Sociology of Education symposium "Disrupting inequality: What has and what can Sociology of Education do to make a difference?". 2009 Committee Member Victorian Association for Teachers of Multicultural Education (VATME)
2003/4 Secretary, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2004 Melbourne Conference Committee
2003 Reviews Editor, TESOL in Context, Journal of Australian Council of TESOL Associations
1995 2000 Committee Member, Victorian Association for Teachers of Multicultural Education (VATME)
1996/2001 Convener Critical literacy discussion group Faculty of Education, Monash University
1998/2000 Chair, Education Research Community of Staff and Students (ERCSS)


Teaching Interests

My interest in socio-cultural and critical theory and to a social justice approach underpin my strong commitment to teaching practice. Teaching units for which I am responsible include:

Masters units
EXE 749 Internationalising the Curriculum
ECL 751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom
ECL 755 Language teaching Practice in Context

Related Links

Google books: Arber, Ruth (2008) An-other identity: Race, ethnicity and education in dangerous times
The Age - 'Stereotypes alive and well in classrooms'


Awards and prizes

2003 Monash Education Alumni Award (Doctoral)
1996/2000 Australian Postgraduate Award


Research projects

2013 DRG How Melbourne teachers practise Asia literacy: Religious dimensions Neilsen, R; Arber, R; Weinman, M; Kostogriz, A                                                                                                                                             
2013 CRG The Global educator: The implications of teacher mobility on teacher education,policy and practice. Arber, Vongales- macrow


2012 - 2015 ARC Linkage Grant
Halse, Prof Christine ; Mansouri, Prof Fethi ; Arrowsmith, A/Prof Colin A; Moss, A/Prof Julianne ; Arber, Dr Ruth E; Denson, Dr Nida ; Priest, Dr Naomi; Webster, Dr Robert S Webster
Intercultural understanding in primary and secondary schools

2009- 2013 ARC Linkage Grant

Prof JA Blackmore; Dr RE Arber; Prof LE Farrell; Prof MT Devlin Investigating mismatches between Australian international graduate destinations and skill shortages

Investigating mismatches between Australian international graduate destinations and skill shortages
2012 DRG
Ruth arber, Athena Vongalies macrow
The global educator: The implications of teacher mobility on teacher education, professionalism and practice.
2012 small grant the manifestion of religious identity and relationships in Australian educational institutions
2009 ARC Linkage Grant

A Prof Alex Kostogriz, Dr R, Arber. Dr Z. Golebiowski
Supporting the English academic literacy of international students: A case study of TESOL program in an Australian University

A/Prof Alex Kostogriz, Dr Ruth Arber, Dr Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Dr Simone White & Dr Joanne OMara (Mentor: Professor Diane Mayer) The professional practice of beginning teachers: What counts as effective teaching in disadvantaged schools

Professor Jill Blackmore, Professor Di Mayer; Assoc Professor Alex Kostogriz; Dr Ruth Arber; Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow; Dr Richard Johnson; Dr Andrea Gallant; Dr Dawn Joseph; Dr Jennifer Angwin) Internationalisation, Inclusivity and Knowledge Work

2008 Research development fund
With Rod MacClean
Career change and intercultural English and ESL teachers

With Jill Blackmore Social-cultural impacts of fee-paying International students in Australian secondary schools and their implications for curriculum, policy and practice

2007 Deakin University Central Research Grant (CRG)

Received with Jill Blackmore Central Research Grant (CRG)
Impact of internationalization on secondary schooling and teachers

2005 Deakin University Just missed out Central Research Grant (CRG)
Received Deakin University Central Research Grant (CRG) International students in local Victorian government schools

2003-4 Deakin University - Research Initiative Grant (RIG)
Changing school communities: International students in government

Research interests

My research experience and interests has three strands. The first extends my interest in identity and difference in education, its implications for understanding how discourses of race and ethnicity are played out in schools and its consequences for critical and inclusive education. The second applies to my more recent application of this work for the study of internationalization and cosmopolitanism in schools and education systems which are becoming increasingly globalised. The third brings together my long experience as a teacher of English as a second and foreign language and is concerned with the implementation of good teaching practice in diverse contexts worldwide.

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