Department of Education

Diane Mayer

Professor of Education (Teacher Education)

College Affiliation: Harris Manchester College

Prior to joining the department, Diane was Professor of Education and Dean of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney in Australia. She has previously held positions at the University of California at Berkeley in the United States and at Victoria University, Deakin University and The University of Queensland in Australia.

Diane’s research and scholarship focuses on teacher education and early career teaching, examining issues associated with the policy and practice of teachers’ work and teacher education.

Diane was lead CI on the Australian Research Council funded project Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education (2011-2015) and the related Australian Government funded project Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study. These were large-scale, mixed-methods, longitudinal studies designed to investigate the effectiveness of teacher education in preparing teachers for the variety of school settings in which they begin their teaching careers. It tracked around 5,000 graduate teachers and 1,000 school principals over four years and closely followed 197 graduate teachers and 52 school leaders in 29 case study schools.

At UC Berkeley, Diane was involved in a consortium of Californian universities that developed, implemented and researched the Performance Assessment for California Teachers and then led the development, implementation and evaluation of the Deakin Authentic Teacher Assessment in Australia. More recently, she was involved in the design work for the nationally funded Australian Assessment for Graduate Teaching.

Diane is senior editor of the Routledge journal, Teaching Education, and executive editor of Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. She is on the Editorial Boards of Curriculum Perspectives and also Journal of Education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy.

Diane is currently Honorary Professor at The University of Sydney and also at The University of Queensland.

Research gate profile:

Doctoral Applications

  • Teacher education policy
  • Professional education of teachers
  • Teacher evaluation

  • Subjects Taught

    Doctor of Philosophy

    MSc Learning and Teaching



  • Books

    • Mayer, D, Dixon, M, Kline, J, Kostogriz, A, Moss, J, Rowan, L, Walker-Gibbs, B, White, S (2017) Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education Early Career Teachers in Diverse Settings. Springer.

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