Emeritus Professor Terence J. Lovat

I retired in early 2011 from my position as Pro Vice- Chancellor (Education and Arts) at The University of Newcastle, Australia, a position I had held for ten years, preceded by 6 years as Dean of Education.

I am now Professor Emeritus at Newcastle and serving as Chair of Theology, Ethics and Education at the Broken Bay Institute, a theological partner of the University.

During my time as an academic administrator, I held national positions as President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education, President of the NSW Teacher Education Council, executive member of the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities of Australasia and inaugural board member of the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

I have been associated for over ten years with the University of Oxford through several visiting scholarships at the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.  I have also been associated with the Department of Education, mainly in the area of religious and values education, but also concerning international research into the doctorate.  I am now a member of the Religion, Philosophy and Education Forum in the department.


I have managed funded research, individually or collaboratively, worth over $2m Australian dollars and have maintained an active publishing regime.  My work has stretched mainly across values education, interfaith religious education and studies of the doctorate.  I was chief investigator of several projects that ran through the Australian Values Education program, a federally funded program from 2004-2010. I have also been engaged in several national projects concerning Islam and its interface with other religious traditions, Western culture and modern education.

Selected Publications

  • Lovat, T. & Fleming, D. (2013) Us and them’: Thinking beyond the security ethic. Religionspädagogische Beiträge, 69, 105-114.
  • Lovat, T., Nilan, P, Hosseini, H., Samarayi, I., Mansfield, M. & Alexander, W. (2013). Australian Muslim jobseekers, EEO and equity in the labour marketJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 33(3), 435-450.
  • Lovat, T., Nilan, P, Hosseini, H., Samarayi, I., Mansfield, M. & Alexander, W. (2013 in press). Discrimination in the Labor Market: Exposing Employment Barriers among Muslim Jobseekers in Australia. Issues in Social Science, 1(1), 53-73.
  • Lovat, T. & Hawkes, N. (2013). Values education: A pedagogical imperative for student wellbeing. Educational Research International, 2(2), 1-6. l
  • Fleming, D. & Lovat, T. (2013). ‘Self-other’ or ‘other-self-other’? A conversation between Bonhoeffer and Levinas on vulnerability. The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Australasian Journal of Bonhoeffer Studies, 1(1), 133-149
  • Holbrook, A., Bourke, S., Fairbairn, H. & Lovat, T. (2014). The focus and substance of formative comment provided by PhD examiners. Studies in Higher Education, 39(60), 983-1000.
  • Lovat, T. (2013). Jurgen Habermas: Education’s reluctant hero. In M. Murphy (Ed.), Social theory and educational research: Understanding Foucault, Habermas, Derrida and Bourdieu (pp. 69-83). London: Routledge.
  • Lovat, T. (2013). Values education programs. In J. Hattie & E. Anderman (Eds.), International guide to student achievement (pp. 279-281). New York: Routledge.
  • Lovat, T. (2013). Practical mysticism, self-knowing and moral motivation. In K. Heinrichs, F. Oser & T. Lovat (Eds.),Handbook of moral motivation: Theories, models, applications (pp. 249-263). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Lovat, T. (2013). Sibling rivalry between Islam and the West: The problem lies within. In J. Arthur & T. Lovat (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of education, religion and values (pp. 337-349). London: Routledge. 
  • Lovat, T. (2013). Christian meditation: Window to Christianity’s soul. In K. Acharya, M. Iturbe & L. Namjoshi (Eds.), Meditation: Oriental and occidental (pp. 469-489). Mumbai: Somaiya Publications.
  • Lovat, T., Holbrook, A., & Bourke, S. (2013). Ways of knowing in doctoral examination. In M. Murphy (Ed.) Social theory and education research. Four-Volume Set, Library of Educational Thought & Practice Series, Sage Publications, UK,  ISBN 9781446253120.
  • Lovat, T., Samarayi, I. & Green, B. (2013). Recovering the voice of women in Islam: Lessons for educators and others. In Z. Gross, L. Davies & K. Diab. (Eds.), Gender, religion and education in a chaotic postmodern world (pp. 173-184). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. (see chapter 11)
  • Arthur, J. & Lovat, T. (2013). (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of education, religion and values. London: Routledge.
  • Heinrichs, K., Oser, F. & Lovat, T. (2013). (Eds.), Handbook of moral motivation: Theories, models, applications. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Nilan, P., Samarayi. I., Mansfield, M. & Lovat, T. (2013). Female Muslim jobseekers in Australia: Liminality, obstacles and resilience. International Journal of Asian Social Science, 2(5), 682-692.
  • Lovat, T. (2012). Service learning in the Australian values education program. In T. Murphy & J. Tan (Ed.), Service learning and educating in challenging contexts: International perspectives (pp. 199-215). London: Continuum.
  • Lovat, T. (2012). Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Interfaith theologian and practical mystic. Pacifica: Australasian Theological Studies, 25(2), 176-188.
  • Lovat, T., Mitchell, B, Nilan, P., Hosseini, H., Cook, B., Samarayi, I. & Mansfield, M. (2012). The Job Readiness of Muslim Jobseekers and the Relative Effectiveness of Employment Support Services in Australia. Report for the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). Available here
  • Lovat, T. (Ed.), (2012). Women in Islam: Reflections on historical and contemporary research. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
  • Van der Zee, T. & Lovat, T. (Eds.), (2012). New perspectives on religious and spiritual education. Munster: Waxmann.
  • Lovat, T. (2012). Values education. In J. Arthur & A. Peterson (Eds.), The Routledge companion to education. (pp. 380-388) London: Routledge.
  • Lovat, T. (2012). The ‘women’s movement’ in modern Islam: Reflections on the revival of Islam’s oldest issue. In T. Lovat (Ed.), Women in Islam: Reflections on historical and contemporary research (pp. 1-9). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
  • Lovat, T. (2012). Interfaith education and phenomenological method. In T. van der Zee & T. Lovat (Eds.), New perspectives on religious and spiritual education (pp. 87-100). Munster: Waxmann.
  • Clement, N. & Lovat, T. (2012). Neuroscience and education: Issues and challenges for curriculum. Curriculum Inquiry, 42, 534-557.
  • Lovat, T., Dally, K., Clement, N. & Toomey, R. (2011). Values pedagogy and student achievement: Contemporary research evidence. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer
  • Lovat, T. (2011). Values education and holistic learning: Updated research perspectives. International Journal of Educational Research, 50, 148-152.
  • Lovat, T., Clement, N., Dally, K. & Toomey, R. (2011).  The impact of values education on school ambience and academic diligence. International Journal of Educational Research, 50, 166-171.
  • Lovat, T., Dally, K., Clement, N. & Toomey, R. (2011). Values pedagogy and teacher education: Re-conceiving the foundations. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36, 30-44.
  • Douglas, B. & Lovat, T. (2011). A sacramental universe: Some Anglican thinking. Pacifica, 24, 1-20.
  • Semetsky, I. & Lovat, T. (2011).Bringing Deleuze’s philosophy into discourse on values education and quality teaching: An Australian model. Policy Futures in Education, 9, 485-493.
  • Lovat, T. (2010). Islam and ethics. In M. Gray & S. Webb (Eds.), Ethics and value perspectives in social work. (pp. 298-314) London: Palgrave.
  • Lovat, T. (2010). Synergies and balance between values education and quality teaching. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 42, 489-500.
  • Lovat, T. (2010). Improving relations with Islam through religious and values education. In K. Engebretson, M. de Souza, G. Durka & L. Gearon (Eds.), International handbook of inter-religious  education. (pp. 695-708) New York: Springer.
  • Lovat, T., Clement, N., Dally, K. & Toomey, R. (2010). Addressing issues of religious difference through values education: An Islam instance. Cambridge Journal of Education, 40, 213-227.
  • Lovat, T., Clement, N., Dally, K. & Toomey, R. (2010). Values education as holistic development for all sectors: Researching for effective pedagogy. Oxford Review of Education, 36, 1-17.
  • Lovat, T., Toomey, R. & Clement, N. (Eds.), (2010). International research handbook on values education and student wellbeing. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
  • Douglas, B. & Lovat, T. (2010). Theology in Australian higher education: The ‘Newcastle Model’ brings theology home to the academy. Higher Education Research and Development, 29, 75-87.
  • Douglas, B. & Lovat, T. (2010). The integrity of discourse in the Anglican Eucharistic tradition: A consideration of philosophical assumptions. The Heythrop Journal, 49, 847-861.
  • Lovat, T. (2009). What is this thing called religious education? (third edition) Sydney: David Barlow. [earlier editions 1989, 2002]
  • Lovat, T. & Toomey, R. (Eds.), (2009). Values education and quality teaching: The double helix effect. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
  • Lovat, T. & Smith, D. (2003). Curriculum: Action on reflection. (fourth edition). Melbourne: Thomson. [earlier editions, 1990, 1991, 1995]
  • Smith, D. & Lovat, T. (1996). Laroplaner didaktik undervisning. (Translated L. Berg) Goteborg, Sweden: Forlagshuset Gothia.
  • Mitchell, K. Kerridge, I. & Lovat, T. (1996). Bioethics and clinical ethics for health care professionals. Sydney: Social Science Press.
Terry Lovat profile


  • Honorary Research Fellow

Research groups

  • Religion, Philosophy and Education