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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 Turner is a lecturer in the School of Education. She is a world-class leader in Design and Technology education. She has provided ongoing research excellence to the field, 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 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).

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 technological and scientific knowledge as it relates to food in education settings from teacher education through to higher education and industry based professional development. Angela's program of research bases itself from her PhD. A significant outcome of the research quantitatively validated the underpinning proposition of three key elements consistent in any technological or scientific activity: Human agency, tools, materials and the environment. TGT has proven to be useful in determining the demarcation between the Humanities and Sciences disciplines in advancing assessment practice and planning efficiencies for interdisciplinary teaching. The research opens up the possibility of developing innovative new models of STEM learning and assessment strategies across school curriculum as well as within an array of interdisciplinary professional fields.

Angela’s current research involves design-led innovation across rural and remote school communities. Core to this includes cross-cultural food ontological framings on food science and technology, food engineering and mathematics (STEM) that support innovative interdisciplinary teaching, learning, assessment and sustainable practice.


20172017 Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Education
20162016 Course Co-ordinator BTechEd (Secondary); BA/BEd (Secondary); Master of Teaching, Southern Cross Uninversity ‐ School of Education
20132016 Unit Assessor, Southern Cross University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
20042016 Associate Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Education


2017 - Present 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 2017 Member, Food Technology Association of Australia
2013 - 2017 Member, Sustainability, Environment and Education (SEE) Research Cluster
2009 - 2017 Member (NSW branch), Australian Institute Food Science and Technology Incorporated (AIFST)
2003 - 2017 Registered Teacher, Department of Education Training
2016 - 2016 Cross campus representative, School of Education Teaching & Learning Committee
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 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).


20042012 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dr, Southern Cross University ‐ School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
20052005 Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment, Workplace Trainer, Southern Cross University ‐ Southern Cross Human Resource Development Pty Ltd
20042004 Teacher Certificate, Secondary teacher, NSW Department of Education and Training
20032003 Honours, Southern Cross University ‐ Bachelor Technology Education
19731975 Fashion Design, East Sydney Technical College

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)