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I am happy to be part of a school that is committed to diversity and social justice.  Building strong connections between schools and communities is one way to put this commitment into action

Dr Sue Monk is a lecturer within the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Sue's current teaching areas include valuing diversity, education and society, and the Master of teaching internship. Sue has 15 years experience as a primary school teacher in Queensland. She has also worked as a performer on Arts Council school tours in Queensland and Victoria. Sue's PhD and continuing research interests are framed around Intercultural Understanding with a specific focus on Latin America. Sue recently organised a colloquium titled "Interculturalism: Developing communities of practice in Higher Education" which focused on bringing together researchers from different disciplinary perspectives for a discussion on theories and practices of interculturalism in the fields of education and applied linguistics.

Dr Sue Monk

School of Education and Professional Studies

Lecturer in Diversity and Cultural Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Latin American Studies
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Arts Practice and Cultural Identity
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Social Justice and Education

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Sue has presented her research at several conferences. One of her highlights includes:

  • Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane 2014. Cultural Diversity: Building receiprocal understanding and collaborative practices in postgraduate research

Industry Experience

  • Professional Memberships: International Education Association of Australia, The Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia, Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), The National Tertiary Education Union
  • Service Roles: Internationalisation Working Party Griffith University and previously University of Queensland, Logan Teacher Education Industry Advisory Group (TEIAG), Equity Committee Griffith University, Sociology of Education Special Interest Group (Griffith University), Aborigional Education and Research Special Interest Group (Griffith University)


Research Expertise

Sue's research is focused around Intercultural Understanding. Her expertise includes investigating the experiences of Latin American migrants and their children in the Australian Education system; investigating classroom teacher's implementation of History and Intercultural Understanding in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community School; and investigating the ways in which indigenous knowledges are taught in different cultural contexts (Chile and Australia). Sue's research highlights include:

​Book: The Politics of Differentiation in Schools

Year: 2017                                                   Publisher: Routledge

Developing identity and agency as an early career academic: Lessons from Alice

Year: 2017                                                   Journal: Journal for Academic Development

Introducing a learner response system to pre-service education students: Increasing student engagement

Year: 2015                                                   Journal: Journal for Active Learning in Higher Education

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