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USQ academic picks up prestigious education award

28 August 2012
Associate Professor Dorothy Andrews
University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Associate Professor Dorothy Andrews has been named this year’s recipient of the prestigious Miller-Grassie Award from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Queensland.

The award is peer reviewed and recognises Dorothy’s outstanding and significant contribution to the understanding and practice of leadership in education.

Professor Nita Temmerman, PVC Partnerships and Dean of the Faculty of Education, said the award highlighted Dorothy’s instrumental work in the field of education.

“Dorothy is at the leading edge of education improvement and her work with the IDEAS project impacts on education throughout Australia,” Professor Temmerman said.

Assoc Prof Andrews joined USQ in 1999 as an education lecturer, and worked with Professor Frank Crowther in the development and delivery of the IDEAS Project. She said it would be a privilege to receive the Miller-Grassie Award for her work.

“It is an honour to be acknowledged by your peers for your contribution to the profession,” she said.

“This award is recognition by members of the professional association (ACEL) for my contribution to leadership research and development.”

Assoc Prof Andrews conducts research and consultancy in the area of organisation-wide processes for school improvement and has received a number of awards for her work including a fellowship from ACE (Australian College for Educators). She was also part of a research team that was awarded the ACEL Gold Medal for Research.

Assoc Prof Andrews is currently the ACEL local area convenor for Toowoomba and a member of the ACELQ Board, as well as the Director of the Leadership Research International (LRI) and National Director of the IDEAS Project at USQ.

Assoc Prof Andrews also leads a major consultancy project on whole school revitalisation (IDEAS Project) operating in schools throughout Australia.

Prior to her appointment at USQ she taught in secondary schools in NSW, the Northern Territory and Queensland, holding positions of Head of Department and Deputy Principal.


The ‘Miller-Grassie’ Award criteria is as follows:
- An inspirational and influential leader
- Demonstrated excellence in educational leadership
- Highly regarded in the education and broader community
- Integrity and an ethical stance
- Achievements in the areas of social justice, equity, democracy and human rights
- Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning for self and others
- Successful experience in educational leadership in any setting/sector
- Outstanding contribution to the study and practice of educational leadership at state and national levels


Assoc Prof Andrews will accept her award at a gala ceremony (August 28, 2012) in Brisbane.

Media contact:

Jim Campbell, USQ Media, +617 4631 1163, jim.campbell@usq.edu.au
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