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About Dr Angela Turner

PhD(SCU); BTechEd(Hon)(SCU); Cert IV Workplace Training Assessment (Southern Cross Human Resource Development Pty Ltd)

Angela is a lecturer in the School of Education. She is a world-class leader in Design and Technology education who has provided ongoing research excellence to the field. In particular, building specialist research in Food Technology education through publications in double blind peer reviewed journals, book chapters and conference papers. Angela has also designed and collaborated on a variety of internal and external funded research projects. She has contributed to the scholarship of teaching at PhD, Masters and Honours level and is available to supervise Honours and higher degree research students (Masters and PhD). Angela’s research is interested in the multifaceted relationship between human agency, technology choice, ecology as a material resource, and sustainable preferred futures. Her specialist research area is defined through Technacy Genre Theory (TGT).

Coming from a design industry background, Angela worked for many years as a fashion and textile designer in Australia and the United Kingdom, and later established a successful clothing manufacturing business in Australia prior to transitioning into the field of education. As a result, Angela has taught across a range of education sectors from university to TAFE, Secondary and Primary School. The diversity of her design teaching includes industrial product design, food science and product development, textile science and design, and graphic design.

Angela's research output informs the program of teaching she is responsible for as these are equal fields of inquiry that feed off each other — how we conceptualise interdisciplinary and cross cultural understandings as it relates to education settings from teacher education through to higher education and industry based professional development. Angela’s research projects involve design-led innovation across rural and remote school communities. Core to this includes cross-cultural food ontological framings on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that support innovative interdisciplinary teaching, learning, assessment and sustainable practice.


2004 - Present Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Education
2015 - 2016 Course Co-ordinator BTechEd (Secondary); BA/BEd (Secondary); Master of Teaching; Master of Early Childhood, Southern Cross Uninversity ‐ School of Education
2013 - 2016 Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Curriculum Vitae


2017 STEM in the Garden
Department of Education Communities Rural and Remote Education Networks
Cat.2 (External) Competitive
Role: Lead Researcher
Colleague(s): Gillian Stuart and Dr Marianne Logan
2015 The CSO In‐house Inquiry: Teacher‐Led Action Research Project
Catholic Schools Office (CSO)
Cat. 5 (External) Non competitive
Role: Co Researcher
Colleague(s): Dr Brad Shipway and Dr Judith Wilks
2014 Reaching Out Reaching In: A school–university partnership to promote Indigenous community engagement,
SCU School of Education Small Grants Scheme
Cat.5 (Internal) Competitive
Role: Lead Researcher
Colleague(s): Dr Judith Wilks and Katie Wilson (PhD Candidate/Research Assistant)
2013 Digital Stories: Empowering Low SES Communities to Use the Internet for Services, Education and Empowerment,
Australian Consumers Communication Action Network (ACAAN)
Cat.3 (External) Competitive
Role: Grant application team member
Colleague(s): Associate Professor Rick van der Zwan, Grant Cairncross and Julie Tucker
2007 - 2008 Linking Desert Knowledge with Pedagogy Research for Middle School
Australian Government; Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (DKCRC)
a Cat. 2 (external) Competitive
Role: Integral educationalist and food technologist in relation to Food innovations; development of learning outcome attributes that foster innovation in students in desert and cross-cultural settings
Colleague(s): Dr Kurt Seemann, Mathew Parnell and Deborah Rockstroh
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2013 - 2018 Member, Food Technology Association of Australia
2013 - 2018 Member, Sustainability, Environment and Education (SEE) Research Cluster
2009 - 2018 Member (NSW branch), Australian Institute Food Science and Technology Incorporated (AIFST)
2003 - 2018 Registered Teacher, Department of Education Training
2016 Cross campus representative, School of Education Teaching & Learning Committee
2015 - 2016 Course Coordinator Initial Teacher Education programs, School of Education
2013 - 2014 Coffs Harbour sub committee member, Human Research Ethics Sub-Committee (HRESC)
2012 - 2014 Secondary representative, Food Science and Technology Advisory Group (AIFST)
2009 - 2012 Committee member, CHEC Information Steering Committee
2004 - 2012 Committee member, CHEC Student Learning Centre Committee
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Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Australian College of Educators Award
  • 2017 Outstanding SCU Alumni of the Year (Finalist)
  • 2015 SCU Vice Chancellor Teaching Award (Teacher commendation/nomination)
  • 2010 Special Studies Leave. May-November (100% salary + $5,000.00 funding for an International forum, Vancouver).


2013 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dr, Southern Cross University ‐ School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
2005 Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment, Workplace Trainer, Southern Cross University ‐ Southern Cross Human Resource Development Pty Ltd
2004 Teacher Certificate, Secondary teacher, NSW Department of Education and Training
2003 Honours, Southern Cross University ‐ Bachelor Technology Education
2000 Diploma (Product Design and Development), TAFE North Coast Institute
2000 Certificate II (Soft Furnishing and Upholstery), TAFE North Coast Institute
1975 Trade Certificate (Fashion Design), East Sydney Technical College ‐ National Art School

Contact Information

School of Education
Southern Cross University
Hogbin Drive 
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Phone: (+61 2) 66593110


Book Chapters (3)

Peer reviewed

Journal Articles (4)

Peer reviewed

Conference Proceedings and Publications (7)

Peer reviewed

Reports (2)

Theses (2)