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29 June 2018

Congratulations to Faculty of Education academics Beth Saggers, Sonia White and Margaret Kettle for their promotions to Associate Professor. The promotions are recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching and learning.

Associate Professor Beth Saggers

Associate Professor Beth Saggers is currently an active research participant in the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC). Dr Saggers previously led the development and implementation of the Autism CRC Australian Educational Needs Analysis (ASD-ENA), a project which produced the first Australian-wide needs analysis of autistic students (aged 5-16 years) and their educational needs from different stakeholders’ perspectives including the perspectives of students on the autism spectrum. Dr Saggers currently leads or co-leads the following Autism CRC projects:

  • Early years behaviour support project
  • Middle years behaviour support project
  • School connectedness: acceptance, respect and support (co-lead with Professor Ian Shochet)  

In 2017, Dr Saggers was awarded the Autism CRC Achievement Award in Autism Spectrum Research for Best Translation of Autism Research. Since the beginning of 2014, she has been Chair of the AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism Research and Innovation Advisory Committee. 

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle teaches in the area of second language education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the Faculty of Education at QUT. She is the coordinator of the TESOL study area in the Master of Education and lectures in Theory and practice of second language teaching and learning, and Sociolinguistics. She also teaches in the area of doctoral education on the Professional Doctorate of Education in the Faculty of Education. Associate Professor Kettle’s research interests focus on the intersection of culture, pedagogy and language in schooling, higher education and communities. Her PhD thesis Agency, discourse and academic practice: Reconceptualising international students in an Australian university won two awards: The University of Queensland Varghese Prize for Best Thesis in Comparative Education (2008) and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Excellence Award for Research Thesis (2009). She has recently published a book on international higher education titled International student engagement in higher education: Transforming practices, pedagogies and participation (2017) with leading UK-based TESOL publisher Multilingual Matters. Her current research projects include a focus on engagement between schools and migrant families in Queensland regional and rural communities. She is also leading a professional development project with English for Occupational Purposes teachers at Hanoi University of Industry in Vietnam. 


Associate Professor Sonia White

Sonia White is a Senior Research Fellow (ARC: DECRA) in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education. Her research interests focus on the development of learning processes, specifically early mathematics development and the role of vision in learning. Dr White uses a range of innovative research methods, including computerised behavioural tasks and eye tracking technology, to better understand the underpinning cognitive mechanisms and intuitive strategies employed by children in the early years of school. Dr White leads a Children’s Vision Research Program, with colleagues from the School of Optometry and Vision Science (QUT), investigating the impact of uncorrected vision impairment on learning and achievement. The Children’s Vision Team received a 2017 QUT Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in recognition of exceptional sustained performance and outstanding achievement in research. Dr White’s transdisciplinary research informs real-world solutions for optimising learning processes and educational outcomes.

Associate Professor Beth Saggers

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle

Associate Professor Sonia White

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