Lauren Stephenson

Dean, School of Education Sydney

Email: sydney.education@nd.edu.au
Phone: (02) 8204 4226

  • Biography

    Lauren Stephenson, Professor is currently the Dean of the School of Education, University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus.  She was previously the Academic Lead for the Education and Arts Professional Learning Hub; Academic Lead for Sustainable Partnerships and Capacity Building; the Deputy Head of the School of Education NSW/ACT; and the National Coordinator, Educational Leadership, National School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts at Australian Catholic University. Lauren has over 25 years of experience in a range of educational leadership roles and is an experienced educator with a combined 30 years in teacher education, educational leadership and English as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D).  She has an extensive record of scholarly activities at national and international levels and has published in the areas of educational leadership, teacher education and professional learning, adult learning, EAL/D, action research, autoethnography and narrative inquiry. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Sydney.

  • Teaching Areas

    • Educational leadership
    • TESOL methods
    • Teacher education
    • Professional learning
    • Adult and workplace learning
    • EAL/D
    • Second Language Aquisition
    • Action research
    • Autoethnography
    • Narrative inquiry
  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    Funded Research Grants

    • 2015: Chapman, A (PI). Stephenson, L (CoPI) (2015-2016) Aspirations Research through Step Up into Teaching, Parramatta CEO
    • 2011: Stephenson, L.(PI), Harold. B. & Dada, R. (2011) Capturing the Voices: The impact of teacher-leaders on school improvement in UAE schools. Teacher Leadership in the UAE. Emirates Foundation Grant
    • 2010: Harold, B. & Stephenson, L., (Co-PI) Leadership in Action: The practices of emerging and experienced educational leaders in the UAE (Co PI) Zayed University Research Incentive Fund.
    • 2007: Harold, B. & Stephenson, L., Learning to be leaders: The construction of professional identity by Emirati teachers and leaders, Zayed University Research Incentive Fund.
    • 2007: Stephenson, L., (PI) Harold, B., & Dada, R., English language teachers' approaches to the teaching of reading in upper primary grades in government schools in the UAE , Zayed University Research Incentive Fund.
    • 2005: Stephenson, L., (PI) The impact of site-based professional development on the classroom practice of teachers in the UAE. Zayed University Research Incentive Fund.

    Research Reports

    • 2010: Harold, B., Stephenson, L., & Gifford, D., Visions of Leadership: A Year-long Conversation.
  • Books

    • Stephenson, L. Harold, B. & Badri, R. (2018) Leading Learning: Women making a difference. Brill Publishers

    Co-editor: Book

    • 2019:  Coombe, C., Anderson, N., & Stephenson, L. (in press) Professionalism in English Language Teaching. Springer.
    • 2011:  Leadership and Management in ELT. TESOL Arabia Publications
    • 2008:  Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning, University of Michigan Press.
    • 2007:  Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development: Insights from the Arabian Gulf
  • Book Chapters

    • Harold, B. & Stephenson, L.. (2019) Leadership development in the UAE: Critical perspectives on intercultural pedagogies in a graduate education program in Samier, E. & El Kaleh, E. (Eds.) Teaching Educational Leadership in Muslim Countries: Theoretical, Historical and Cultural Foundations. Singapore: Springer.
    • Stephenson, L. (2018). Developing Leadership Capacity Through Leadership Learning Opportunities (2018) in Elsheikh, A., Coombe, C.,  & Effiong, O.(Eds.) The Role of Language Teacher Associations in Professional Development. Springer.
    • Stephenson, L. (in press) Mentoring and Coaching in Coombe, C., Anderson, N., & Stephenson, L. (Eds.) Professionalizing Your English Language Teaching. Springer.
    • Stephenson, L. & Harold, B. (in press) Developing leadership capacity in Coombe, C., Anderson, N., & Stephenson, L. (Eds.) Professionalizing Your English Language Teaching. Springer.
    • Stephenson, L. & Harold, B. (2019) Leadership development in the UAE: Critical perspectives on intercultural pedagogies in a graduate education program in Samier, E. & El Kaleh, E. (Eds.)Springer.
    • Stephenson, L. (2018). Developing leadership capacity through leadership learning opportunities. Elsheik, A., Coombe, C. & Okon, E. (Eds). International Perspectives on Language Teacher Associations. Springer
    • Lee, D. & Stephenson, L. (under contract) Improving Professional Experience for Initial Teacher Education Students through innovative partnerships. In Aspland, T and Barbousos, B. (Eds). Professional Experience Case Studies.
    • Stephenson, L & Harold, B. (2015). Narrative inquiry in English language education. In Coombe, C. & Douglas Brown, J.D (Eds.) The Cambridge Guide to Research in Language Learning and Teaching. CUP.
    • Stephenson, L. & England, N. (2013). L2 teaching methodology in the Middle East,  The Middle East Handbook of Applied Linguistics. In C. Coombe & R. Akbahri  (Eds.) TESOL Arabia Publications.
    • Coombe, C., Akbahri, R., & Stephenson, L. (2013). L2 teacher education in the Middle East.,  In Coombe, C., & Akbahri, R. (Ed.) The Middle East Handbook of Applied Linguistics. TESOL Arabia Publications.
    • Stephenson, L. (2011). Effective leadership: Voices in English language teaching,  In Coombe, C., Stephenson, L. & Abu Rmaileh, S (Ed.) Leadership and Management in English Language Teaching. TESOL Arabia Publications.
    • Stephenson, L. (2011). Developing leadership education: A transformative leadership perspective.  In Shields, C. (Ed.) Transformative Leadership: A Reader. Peter Lang Publishers.
    • Stephenson, L. & Harold, B. (2011). Emergent leadership development through undergraduate research.Teaching and Learning in the Arab World. Peter Lang Publishers.
    • Stephenson, L. (2011). New leadership perspectives and leadership development in ELT,  In Coombe, C., Stephenson, L. & Abu Rmaileh, S. (Eds.) (Ed.) Leadership and Management in ELT. TESOL Arabia Publications.
    • Stephenson, L., Harold, B., & Dada, R. (2009). "Improving the teaching of reading through teacher leadership and professional learning in ELL middle school classrooms", Global Encounters - Pedagogical Paradigms and Educational Practices. Cambridge Scholars Press.  http://www.theworldwideforum.org/8.html
    • Stephenson, L. T. (2008). "Leadership theories, educational change and developing a learning organization",  In C. Coombe, M. MClouskey, L. Stephenson & N. Anderson (Ed.) Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning. USA:  University of Michigan Press.
    • Stephenson, L. & Harold, B. (2008). "The effective integration of technology into ELT classrooms",  In P. Davidson (Ed.) (Ed.) Technology in the Classroom: Insights from the Arabian Gulf. Dubai, UAE:  TESOL Arabia.
    • Stephenson, L. & Harold, B. (2008). "Implementing school-based communities of practice for ELT professional development",  In M.E Vethamani & M. K Kabilan (Eds.). (Ed.) Teacher Development in ELT. Malaysian English Language Teaching.
    • Stephenson, L. & McNally, P. (2007). "Creating teacher leaders through communities of practice",  In L. Stephenson & P. Davidson (Eds.). (Ed.) Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development: Insights from the Arabian Gulf. Dubai:  TESOL Arabia.
    • Stephenson, L. (2007). "Investigating teacher learning",  In L. Stephenson & P. Davidson (Eds.) (Ed.) Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development: Insights from the Arabian Gulf. Dubai:  TESOL Arabia.
    • Stephenson, L. (2005). "Developing and implementing a model of assessment of university wide learning outcomes",  In P. Davidson, C. Coombe & W. Jones (Eds.) (Ed.) Assessment in the Arab World, (pp. 113-130). Dubai:  TESOL Arabia.
  • Journal Articles and Proceedings

    Refereed Articles  

    Refereed Proceedings  

    • Stephenson, L. & Murray, J. (2013).  Linking international education to locality. Proceedings from the Gulf Comparative Education Society, March 16-18, 2013. Muscat,Oman. http://www.alqasimifoundation.com/Libraries/Publications/2013_GCES_Proceedings_Final.sflb.ashx
    • Stephenson, L. & Harold, B. (2010).  A case study of university wide student leadership curriculum renewal.   The IX Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture, Rome, Italy.
    • Stephenson, L. (2007).  Assessing learner awareness of linguistic and literary codes.   Current Trends in English Language Testing Conference.
    • Stephenson, L. & Cook, J. (2005).  A model and a framework for achieving writing standards.   10th TESOL Arabia Conference, Dubai, 9, 53-66.

    Selected Refereed Papers  

    • Stephenson, L., Monteleone, C. Halliday, K., Munns, A. Almelor, M,  Pollock, F., Han, S.  (2017). A Critical Analysis of School-University partnerships: A Community of Practice Model (CoP). ATEA 5-7 July, 2017
    • Stephenson, L. (2017).  Leading Learning in the TESOL Context. Invited Plenary Speaker. University English Centres Australia Professional Development Festival, University of Sydney (13 May 2017)
    • Stephenson, L. (2017).  Leading Learning in the TESOL Context. Invited Plenary Speaker, Insearch, University of Technology, Sydney (26 May 2017)
    • Halliday, K., Munns, Stephenson, L., Monteleone (2017) Professional Experience Hub, Community of Practice Model: The Critical Role of the Mentor.  Paper accepted at the Department of Education’s Professional Experience Hubs Conference Novotel Sydney (18 May 2017)
    • Almelor, M, Pollock, F., Han, S. Monteleone, C. & Stephenson, L., (2017) Growing our Future Teachers. Paper accepted at the Department of Education’s Professional Experience Hubs Conference Novotel Sydney (18 May 2017)
    • Stephenson, L & Halliday, K. (2016). A Community of Practice Model (CoP) of Professional Experience through Innovative School-University Partnerships. Paper accepted at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 27 Nov -1 Dec 2016.
    • Harold, B & Stephenson, L. (2016).  Preparing ‘classroom ready’ teachers: A critical analysis of a school-university partnership. Paper accepted at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 27 Nov -1 Dec 2016.
    • Harold, B. & Stephenson, L (2016). Collaborative auto-ethnography: A fresh perspective on the analysis of educational leadership practice.  British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference,  Leeds, United Kingdom, 15-17 September 2016.
    • Harold, B & Stephenson, L. (2015).  A decade of collaborative leadership practice and research: Who are we and what do we know? Paper accepted at the Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Freemantle, Australia, 28 Nov -2 Dec 2015.
    • Harold, B. & Stephenson, L (2015). Building a community of leadership practice within a graduate program: Fresh perspectives on Action Research.  British Educational Research Association (BERA), Belfast, Ireland, 15-17 September 2015.
    • Harold, B. & Stephenson, L (2015). Teacher Leadership Development in Initial Teacher Education. Making the Case—Quality of Assessments and Data strand at the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Conference, Denver, USA, 7-10 April 2015.
    • Harold, B. & Stephenson, L (2014). Views of the teaching profession: An Emirati perspective.
    • Australian Association for Educational Research (AARE) Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 30 Nov-4 Dec, 2014.
    • Harold, B. & Stephenson, L (2014). The Application of Research to Teacher Leadership Development. British Educational Research Association, London, United Kingdom, September, 2014.
    • Dada, R., Stephenson. L. Harold, B. (2014)  Integrating knowledge and skills development with practice: A case study of collaborations for teacher development , Abstract accepted and paper to be presented for American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (3 April 2014).
    • Stephenson, L. & Harold, B. & (2014,). Pre-service teacher leadership development for educational reform in the UAE . International Technology, Education and Development Conference(INTED 2014), Valencia, Spain,  March, 2104.
  • Conference Papers

    Presentation of Non-Refereed Papers  

    • Stephenson, L. (2016) The NSW Department of Education Professional Experience Hub Partnership. Canberra, June, 2016.
    • Stephenson, L. & Halliday, K (2016)The NSW Department of Education Professional Experience Hub: Strathfield South Primary School-ACU Partnership. NSW Council of Deans of Education. Wollongong, June, 2016.
    • Halliday, K, Stephenson, L., Monteleone, C., Wong, M., Mortimer, K, Labone, E (2016). The NSW Department of Education Professional Experience Hub: Strathfield South Primary School and ACU. NSW Department of Education, Sydney, May, 2016.
    • Stephenson, L (2015, May) The journey, the destination (s): It starts with you…Invited Guest Speaker, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mother-Daughter High Tea
  • Professional Affiliations

    • The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
    • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
    • The International Leadership Association
    • The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)
    • Member Scholar for the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology
    • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
    • TESOL International
    • Gulf Comparative Education Society
    • TESOL Arabia
  • Community Engagement

    • 2015-: Member of the Identity and Mission Board, Monte Sant’ Angelo College, North Sydney
    • 2016- 2018 Sydney Catholic Schools Liaison Committee
    • 2013-2014:Nominated member of the Ministry of Education Committee for the Development of English and Arabic language in the UAE school curriculum.
    • 2009-2015:  Member of Advisory Board for Synergy School Systems, India
  • Awards

    • 2017: Vice Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award for Service Excellence: Faculty of Education and Arts (FEA) Team, Australian Catholic University https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vre3u0xpxa8z8n7/AAAJ5ueUKMEf2x0oXQbhfCR-a?dl=0&preview=Award+for+Service+Excellence+2_Draft+1.mp4
    • 2014: Featured faculty scholar (Zayed University)
    • 2013: Featured faculty scholar (Zayed University)
    • 2012: Award for Outstanding Faculty Member for the Academic Year 2011-2012 (Zayed University)
    • 2012: Award for Exemplary Faculty Member for the Academic Year 2011-2012 (Zayed University)
    • 2010-2016:  Member Scholar: International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) status awarded 20 December 2010. A member scholar serves as an advocate for IIQM and participates in IIQM activities including designing and implementing workshops/presentations on qualitative methodologies, reviewing conference abstracts and papers for the International Journal of Qualitative Methods.
    • 2004: Nominated for Outstanding Faculty Member Award for the Academic Year 2003-2004 (Zayed University)