Assoc Prof Megan Gibson

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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), M Ed (Queensland University of Technology), B Ed (EC) (The University of Melbourne), Dip T (EC) (Brisbane College of Adv. Ed.)

An Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood at Queensland University of Technology, Dr Megan Gibson is a respected researcher in her field. Her background as an early childhood educator with experience in teaching and leadership positions, culminated in her role as Director of an industry-leading childcare centre in Brisbane. Megan’s award-winning doctoral research examined the professional identities of early childhood educators. This work combined with her extensive professional experience have laid the foundations for her ongoing program of research in the attracting, preparing and retaining the early childhood workforce. She proudly leads the early childhood workforce strand of the Childhoods in Changing Contexts research group. Megan is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council-funded study: Exemplary early childhood educators at work , a 4-year study of National significance, now in its final year. Megan has also built a body of early childhood workforce research in Tasmania, working collaboratively with Gowrie Training and Consultancy Tasmania, where is holds the position of Research Associate. Megan is regularly sought after to create and deliver professional developments programs, including through the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange, where she was engaged to develop a National series of workshops on ‘environment as third teacher’.

Megan is committed to dissemination, including a co-authored book, 9 book chapters, 12 journal articles, 4 research reports and 18 professional publications. She holds Editorial Board positions on two Q1 International journals – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood and Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

In her current role at QUT, Dr Gibson co-ordinates the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) program and is responsible for teacher education units on leadership, professionalism and health and wellbeing.

Megan holds a number of invited appointments:

  • ELACCA National ECEC Workforce Expert Advisory Panel (2020-)
  • Research Associate, Gowrie Training and Consultancy, Lady Gowrie Tasmania (2018 -)
  • Australian Early Childhood Teacher Education Network, National (2017 – )
  • QUT ECAQ Early Childhood Alumni chapter committee (2019- )

Megan is a Non-Executive Director of the Creche and Kindergarten Association, Chairs the Early Years and Innovation Committee, and has recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Above all else, Megan is an early childhood teacher, who is passionate about building and sustaining the early childhood workforce.

 

Additional information

Megan is a proudly a registered teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). As an early childhood educator, with some 20 years of teaching experience, Megan has worked across a range of diverse early childhood contexts, including:

  • lower primary
  • kindergarten/preschool
  • long day care.

In her most recent role, as the Director of Campus Kindergarten, University of Queensland, Megan led this unique community through significant organisational evolution. Notable elements of this change were in the areas of education for sustainability, the arts, pedagogical documentation and organisational structure.

Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2020
Details
Early Learning and Care Council Australia (ELACCA). National ECEC Workforce Expert Advisory Panel (2020-)
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2020
Details
Editorial Board for Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (CIEC) Q1. Appointed March 2020.
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2020
Details
Women in Research Award. Accelerating research growth: Publications and funding. Funding body: QUT Women in Research ($13 291)
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2020
Details
Gibson, M. et al. (2020) The Flourishing Tasmanian Child: Phase 2: The Flourishing Physical Child: Building a community action plan for the Geeveston Funding body: Australian Early Development Census ($19 970)
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2020
Details
Invited Keynote address for The Sector National conference, ECEC Innovation Forum: The Future of Professional Learning: A research based vision.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2019
Details
Invited member of National advisory group for ECEC Workforce Roundtable. Event held in Sydney, February 2020. Attended by over 40 academic researchers from across 17 universities and 12 stakeholders from government and peak associations.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
Inaugural Co-Chair National Australian Early Childhood Teacher Education Network (AECTEN) Roundtable, September 2019, Hobart. Attended by over 20 teacher educators from across 16 higher education institutions.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2019
Details
Gibson et al. (2019-2020) Building sustainable workforce foundations. Funding body: Early Childhood Australia. Skills Tas. Phase 1 Project Lead. ($143 584, total three Phases)
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2016
Details
Non-Executive Director. Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited. Appointed May 2015. Inaugural Chair, Early Years and Innovation Committee (2019-); Nominations Committee (2019-)
Title
Exemplary Early Childhood Educators at Work: A Multi-Level Investigation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP160100532
Start year
2016
Keywords
  • Complexities in Producing Pedagogy and Curriculum in Early Childhood Education in Long Day Care
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Lyndal O'Gorman
  • Producing Leadership: Collective Memory Stories of Early Childhood Education Leaders
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Emeritus Professor Ann Farrell, Associate Professor Maryanne Theobald
  • From Reggio with love! A study of how leadership density has developed paradigm shifts in teaching and learning at one Queensland school and resulted in building capacity in deep and transfer learning, critical and creative thinking.
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Maryanne Theobald