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Mary Kalantzis

Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinios. Adjunct professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, attached to the Globailsm Institute and Research Director of the Knowledge Design Forum. With Bill Cope, co-author of: The Powers of Literacy, Falmer Press, London, 1993, Productive Diversity, Pluto Press, Sydney, 1997; A Place in the Sun: Re-Creating the Australian Way of Life, Harper Collins, Sydney, 2000; Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures, Routledge, London, 2000; and Learning by Design, Victorian Schools Innovation Commission, Melbourne, 2005.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., School of History, Philosophy, & Politics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 1991
  • B.A., History and Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 1980

Key Professional Appointments

  • Dean, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006-present
  • Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006-present
  • Research Director, NLLIA Centre for Workplace Communication & Culture, University of Technology, Sydney & James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, 1994-present
  • Executive Dean, Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services, RMIT University, Melbourne, 1997-2003
  • Director, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Australia, 1994-1997
  • Professor, Education, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Australia, 1994-1997
  • Director, Center for Workplace Communication & Culture, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 1990-1993
  • Fulbright Scholar in Residence, Keene State College, University of New Hampshire System, 1990-1991
  • Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Multicultural Studies, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, 1984-1990
  • Teacher, Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Schools, Australian Public School System, 1979-1983

Activities & Honors

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 2007-present
  • Radford Award & Annual Radford Lecture, Australian Association for Research in Education, 2005
  • Board Member, National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership, 2004-2005
  • President, Australia Council of Deans of Education, 2000-2004
  • Vice-President, Community Broadcasting Foundation, 2000-2003
  • Hearing Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 1995-1997

Research Statement

My academic research crosses a number of disciplines, including history, linguistics, education and sociology; and examines the varied themes of immigration, education, ethnicity, gender, culture, leadership and workplace change, professional learning and training, pedagogy and literacy learning.

My research activities in Australia have involved responsibilty for the management of, or major participant in, 116 research and development projects since 1991. I have been the recipient of ten large and four small Australian Research Council grants. A key set of projects have involved Multiliteracies research. This has been a decade long research initiative with colleagues from Australia, the United States and Britain to investigate the dual challenges for literacy teaching of cultural diversity and new communication technologies. It includes, participatory research in the area of multimodality and pedagogy working with teachers in Victoria, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales and Queensland.

My efforts on issues related to immigration have included an international comparative study conducted for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, the development and documentation of Australian national policies linking school to work, several Queensland government-funded evaluations of services for immigrant communities that include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and an Australian federally-funded project on literacy skills required for work and training.

Select Publications

  • Kalantzis, M., Cope, B. (2010). Towards a Semantic Web: connecting knowledge in academic research. Woodhead: Cambridge, MA.
  • Kalantzis, M., Cope, B. (2010). Ubiquitous Learning. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
  • Kalantzis, M., Cope, B. (2009). 'Signs of epistemic disruption: transformations in the knowledge system of the academic journal.'. Chandos, 13-55.
  • Kalantzis, M., Cope, B. (2008). New learning: elements of a science eduction. Cambrindge University Press: New York.
  • Cope, B., Kalantzis, M. (2007). New media, new learning. International Journal of Learning, 14, 75-79.
  • Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., Burrows, P., Cloonan, A., Neville, M., Haren, V., R., e. (2005). Learning by design. Melbourne,. The Learner: Australia.
  • Kalantzis, M., Cope, B. (2004). Designs for learning. E-learning, 1(1), 38-92.
  • Kalantzis, M. (2003). Immigration, multiculturalism and racism. The hawke government: A critical perspective. Pluto Press: Melbourne.
  • Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., Harvey, A. (2003). Assessing multiliteracies and the new basics. Assessment in Education, 10(1), 15-26.
  • New London Group: Courtney Cazden, B., Norman Fairclough, J., Mary Kalantzis, G., Carmen Luke, S., Martin Nakata, ., Kalantzis, M. (1996). A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures. Harvard Education Review, 66(1), 60-92.
  • Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., Noble, G., Poynting, S. (1991). Cultures of schooling: Pedagogies for cultural difference and social access. The Falmer Press: London.

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