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About Professor Alexandra Lasczik (formerly Cutcher)

Alexandra Lasczik is Professor, Arts & Education in the School of Education, SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY, Gold Coast Campus. She is currently Deputy Dean (Research & HDRT) in the School of Education, SCU and Deputy Leader of the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education Research Cluster [SEAE]. She was previously Research Leader and founder of the Creativity, Arts and Education Research Group [CreArE] (2014-2018).
Alexandra joined Southern Cross University in July of 2011 as a Lecturer in Arts education, after 25 years in secondary education and 6 years as a sessional tutor. Her passion is preparing secondary teachers for the complex demands of their future profession, most particularly in the discipline of the Visual Arts.
Alexandra brings extensive teaching experience in the Arts in Australia and internationally and is a specialist with respect to the Visual Arts, teaching and learning, creative curriculum design and innovative pedagogies, with particular expertise in classroom management and the engagement of at-risk youth through the Arts. Alexandra brings this extensive experience and depth of understanding of the sector to her influential work in teacher education at SCU.
She has engaged in many leadership roles since entering her second career in education as a scholar, including as World Councillor for the International Society of Education through Art [InSEA] (2014-2017) and Chair of the Arts-Based Educational Research Special Interest Group [ABER SIG] for the American Educational Research Association [AERA] (2017-2019) and is currently Past Chair of the ABER SIG (2019-2021), which is an ongoing executive role. She is also Editor of three book series, Studies in Arts-based Educational Research (Springer), Springer Briefs in Arts-based Educational Research (Springer), and Palgrave Studies in Movement across Education, the Arts and the Social Sciences (Palgrave Macmillan).
Alexandra was recognised nationally for her teaching and research in Arts education, most recently as a recipient of a prestigious OLT (Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2014). She is sought after as an inspirational speaker on panels, symposia and as a visiting scholar in recognition of her growing national and international esteem. She has been awarded Southern Cross University, School of Education Researcher of the Year, twice (2015 & 2018). As research leader of the CreArE research group and now deputy leader of SEAE, she has actively built an expansive team of Arts and education higher degree students now located withing SEAE and expanding further. Consequently, SCU is becoming known internationally as a lively and innovative hub for arts-based educational research.


Present Associate Professor, Arts Education, Southern Cross University School of Education
2009 - 2013 Honorary Associate, University of Sydney


2019 - Present Empowering Young People to Engage with Mt Tamborine Landcare Reserves
National Landcare Program
2019 - Present Mapping Scientific Concepts through Nature Play in Early Childhood Education
Queensland Department of Education Horizon Grant
2018 - Present Mapping A/r/tography: Transcultural routes of significance
Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada
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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Researcher of the Year, School of Education, Southern Cross University
  • 2014 Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2012 SCU Vice Chancellor's Citation
  • 2004 NSW Institute of Educational Research Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • 2018 Researcher of the Year, School of Education, Southern Cross University


2000 - 2003 The University of Sydney ‐ Faculty of Education and Social Work
1997 - 1998 Master of Education (Curriculum Studies), University of Western Sydney, Nepean ‐ School of Education
1980 - 1984 Bachelor of Education (Art), University of Newcastle - Australia ‐ School of Education

Contact Information

Locked Mail Bag 4
Coolangatta QLD
Australia 4225
Phone: (+61 7) 5589 3132


Journal articles (21)

Books (5)