Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Her fields of research expertise relate to initial teacher education; early and middle year’s teacher education; family and consumer studies. She is Chairperson of the Queensland Council of Deans of Education and engaged in state and national task-force activities related to improving initial teacher education and improving the quality of the teacher workforce. In 2014 Donna played a key role in preparing school leaders for the shift of year 7 into secondary schools and the implementation of Junior Secondary in Years 7-9 in government settings.
Donna has more than 200 refereed publications including 14 books of relevance to contemporary teacher work. One book, Teaching Middle Years – now in its third edition – received an international award as an outstanding academic publication and is used widely in universities and schools around the world.
Now Head and Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies, Donna commenced her career as a secondary school teacher before working as an academic at Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, and since 2009, at Griffith University. Donna comes from a family that places considerable value on the transformative potential of education and her aspirations have been shaped by these beliefs.