Associate Professor Jill Willis

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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Education (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) (Kelvin Grove C.A.E), Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland)

Jill Willis is an Associate Professor in Education. She evaluates the social structures of assessment and learning spaces, to make recommendations for improving teacher and student agency. Her current projects include co-leading the ARC Linkage Accessible Assessment; and the ARC Linkage Thriving in Vertical Schools. She is the Australian lead researcher on the SSHRC Preparing Assessment Capable Teachers project. Jill has a strong track record in collaborative partnerships and innovative methodologies.

Additional QUT highlights include:

  • Collaborating with Dr Andrew Gibson to bring together his field of reflective writing analytics with her sociocultural commitments to self assessment and feedback loops that build collective agency. The design led learning is ongoing through a series of collaborative research inquiries using the reflective writing tool GoingOk.
  • Innovative teaching in postgraduate Masters of Educational Leadership, recognised by the ACEL Qld Miller Grassie Award. Implementing digital feedback loops when teaching in the Masters of Teaching.
  • International research collaborations with Chris DeLuca, Bronwen Cowie and Christine Harrison preparing Assessment Capable teachers.
  • Working with Independent Schools Queensland to support their Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers, and how teachers represent their impact on student learning in this professional evaluation process.
  • Investigating the impact of physical and digital learning environments on learner agency in a series of projects that have culminated in an edited book School Spaces for Student Wellbeing and Learning.
  • Working with schools  to understand how assessment within the changes to Queensland Senior Assessment and the Australian Curriculum can enhance student experiences of learning in schools.
  • Involvement in establishing the Kelvin Grove Teacher Education Centre of Excellence partnership program (2011 - 2013) with Education Queensland and Kelvin Grove State College and partner schools.
  • Supporting experienced teachers throughout Queensland through the Mentoring Beginning Teacher project.


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