Our people

Learn more about Deakin’s School of Education staff and the prominent professors and lecturers who could be teaching you. Find staff member profiles and read about their most recent publications.

Meet the Head of the School of Education

Professor Damian Blake has extensive experience in research and program development across a range of education fields, including applied learning, initial teacher education, higher education and professional and vocational education. He commenced as Deakin’s Head of the School of Education in November 2019, having previously served as Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Arts and Education.

We are recognised as leaders in primary and secondary teacher education, early childhood educator preparation, educational leadership and adult vocational and applied learning education.

Professor Damian Blake

Head of School, School of Education

Key contacts

Professor Damian Blake, Head of School

Dr Natalie Robertson, Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning

Associate Professor Wanty Widjaja, Associate Head of School, International Partnerships

Professor Linda Hobbs, Associate Head of School, Research

Dr Kate Johnstone, Director of Assessment

Associate Professor Matthew Thomas, Director, Professional Practice

Jo Collins, School Manager

Meet our people

The School of Education has a range of leading academics and staff who are experts in their field or industry. Browse our community of academic, research and professional staff – you can search for a particular person by name, or search by research theme or keyword, to find an expert.

Study with us

Deakin’s School of Education empower students, staff and partners to work toward positive change. Learn from the best at Australia’s #1 university – and top five globally – for education and educational research.*

Research with us

Deakin's School of Education partners with industry, government and community to transform ideas into impact. Our world-class researchers, facilities and networks will kick-start your research career.


*U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Subject Rankings 2022–2023

Contact us

Get in touch if you have any further questions regarding the School of Education.

Email the Head of School of Education.
Email the School Manager, Jo Collins.

If your query is an administrative matter email the School of Education Administrative Team.