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Dr. Miriam Ham

B.Ed., M.Ed., M.IRCD., PhD, JP (Qual)
Head of Course Diploma Secondary School Teaching
School of Education and the Arts
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE)
Cairns - Level 3
About Me

I remember as a child people commenting that I was a 'born teacher'. I always knew that this was what I wanted to be when I grew up. My years in the classroom have only confirmed and developed this passion. I am happiest when I am teaching. The topic doesn't matter, it's all about the empowerment that is going on in the learner. I love that feeling I get when I understand something. This is what I want for my students, no matter their age, gender or nationality. As I have progressed in my career I have moved from teaching in schools to post schooling contexts. My work predominantly involves educating adults, those learning about how they might teach and those teachers who want to continue to grow in their skills and abilities in their classrooms. I especially love the opportunities I have to work with teachers overseas.

Universities Studied At

B. Ed at Griffith University

M. Ed Deakin Unversity

M. International Relations and Community Development Deakin University

PhD CQUniversity

Universities Worked At

CQUniversity - Sessional Lecturer Noosa Campus 2012-1015

CQUniversity - Lecturer Education on the Cairns campus 2016 - current


Cairns Campus Star Award 2016

Cairns Campus Most Collegial Award 2019

2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Exemplary Practice in Learning and Teaching

Media Citations

VC's Blog

Previous teaching

Pine Rivers High - Teacher designing programs for students on the ASD spectrum and other identified learning needs.

Caloundra Christian College - Teacher of English, Drama, Art and SOSE

                                                HOD Humanities and English

Professional Memberships




Cairns Campus Coordinator for Education

Lecturer on Cairns campus for B.Ed - Primary and Early Childhood

Supporting all Distance students of Education in the Cairns footprint

Supervision of RhD students

Head of Course Diploma of Secondary School Teaching

Professional Interests


Cross cultural International Teacher Professional Development

Key Achievements

The growth and development of three children - currently all teenagers.

On going involvement in teacher development in Nepal and other Asian countries

Research with Education Queensland to design a framework of Global Competence for teachers implementation in Queensland schools.


Editorial team member for the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives

Consultancy Work

Consultant on the Department of Education International's Pilot Global Competence program 2020.

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3999 Other Education
  • 3901 Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 3904 Specialist Studies in Education

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Education
Generation Next - identifying and developing the next generation of Principals in Christian Schools.
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Co-designing a learner-centred alternate education model that can be contextualised to meet the developmental needs of remote Indigenous adolescents 
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Education
Improving Wellbeing in Senior Leadership in Catholic Schools
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Developing a Group-based Assessment Framework in the Context of Project Management Higher Education
Associate Supervisor
Master of Education
The teacher interpretation of attributes of 'Global Competence' in primary schools in Punjab, Pakistan. 
Principal Supervisor
Master of Research
The challenges and opportunities for mathematics educators integration global competence into the math classroom
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
A Study on How Teachers Incorporate the 4Cs Skills to Meet Student Learning Needs
Principal Supervisor
Research Interests

Specialist Studies in Education - Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Teachers' interpretation of Global Competence


Specialist Studies in Education - Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Teacher's response to educational reform

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