Head of School

Prof Chris Davison, Head of SchoolProfessor Chris Davison, a specialist in language education and school-based assessment, was appointed Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education, UNSW, in September 2008. She was previously Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education at University of Hong Kong, where she remains an Honorary Professor. She has worked in teacher education, including at Melbourne and La Trobe University, for over 30 years, and before that, as an English and ESL teacher and consultant in primary and secondary schools, English language centres and the adult and community education sector in Australia and overseas.

Chris has published extensively on English language and literacy development, language and content curriculum, and language assessment. She is a series editor for Springer’s new series on English language education and also editor and contributor to a two volume handbook on teaching English internationally (with Jim Cummins). She has undertaken large-scale curriculum and assessment projects in Hong Kong, Singapore and in Brunei, and is currently leading the research and development of a teacher-based assessment literacy framework for EAL learners in Victorian schools, funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood (DEECD), the Catholic Education office and Independent Schools Victoria.

Chris is actively involved in the NSW educational community, currently serving as the President of the NSW Council of Deans of Education (NSWCDE), and the NSW representative on the Board of the Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE). She is a member of both the Initial Teacher Education Committee (ITEC) and of the Teacher Education Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC) of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).