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Associate Professor Reyna Zipf

B. App. Science, Dip. Ed., M. Ed. Studies, Doctor of Education.
Deputy Dean Learning and Teaching
School of Education and the Arts
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE)
(07) 4923 2274
Rockhampton North
Bruce Highway - Office 3.40, Building 19
Rockhampton, Queensland, 4702
About Me
Universities Studied At

Doctor of Education: CQUniversity, 2013
Masters of Education Studies: CQUniversity, 2003
Diploma of Education: University of Queensland, 1984
Bachelor of Applied Science: CQUniversity, 1983
Certificate IV - Workplace Training and Assessment: CQUniversity, 2014

Professional Experience

CQUniversity: Senior Lecturer (Level C), 2016 – onwards Lecturer (Level B),
2013 - present
Head of Program – Secondary & VET programs,
2010 – 2012
Head of Chemistry – The Rockhampton Grammar School,
2007 – 2008
Sub Dean of Education, Rockhampton campus,
2004 – 2006
Program Coordinator, Education, Rockhampton Campus,
2001 – 2006
Casual lecturer and tutor, CQUniversity,
1990 – 2000
Secondary schools: Head of Chemistry – The Rockhampton Grammar School,
2007 – 2009
Acting Head of Science – Glenmore State High School,
1991, 1993-1994
Science & Mathematics Secondary School Teacher,
1985 – 2000

I commenced a career in secondary teaching in 1985 teaching Maths, Science, Biology and Chemistry. From 1990 to 2001 I was involved in casual lecturing in Science Education at CQUniversity whilst teaching maths and science full-time at a local secondary school. Since 2002 I have worked as a full-time lecturer within the School of Education and the Arts, CQUniversity. In 2007 I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to return to secondary school teaching part-time and adjust my work at CQUniversity to accommodate this. Going back to secondary teaching was wonderful and reminded me of why I chose the profession. In 2013 I completed my Doctorate of Education titled 'Teacher as bricoleur: A grounded phenomenological case study of creativity in secondary school science education'.

Professional Memberships

Current registration with the Queensland College of Teacher

Member of the North American Research in Science Teaching Association


Academic Leadership

  • Head of Program (2010 – 2012) - Bachelor of Learning Management (Secondary and VET)
  • Sub Dean of Programs (2004 – 2006) - Bachelor of Learning Management (Early Childhood Education, Primary, Secondary and VET, double degree suite, and Graduate Diploma of Education Secondary).
  • Program Coordinator (2001 – 2006) - Bachelor of Learning Management (Secondary and VET, and double degree suite).

Program Review

2015 –Program Review of the CQUniversity Masters by Research.

2011 - Five-Yearly Program Review and Re-Accreditation: CQ11 Bachelor of Learning Management (Secondary) Program

Professional Interests

Science education

Mathematics education

STEM education

Service learning - volunteer teaching abroad

Key Achievements

2013-2015 Salaam Baalak Trust Volunteer Teaching Project 2011 - Valuing Quality Teaching Student’s Choice Award.
2004 - Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science Education
2003-2007 Internship Program, Bachelor of Learning Management

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 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 Philosophy
Scaffolding as an Impediment to the Development of Self-Reliance Atttributes and Influences on the Uptake and Persistence of Students with Senior Sciences and Mathematics.
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
For the love of maths: bringing back the magic for students and teachers
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Professionalism of undergraduate sonography students: A qualitative exploratory case study
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Philosophies of Mental Health Nursing Lecturers: A Phenomenological Study
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Education
Why do students disengage from Science during the junior years (7-10) of Secondary School, leading to falling numbers in senior secondary STEM classes? What can we do to stop this?
Associate Supervisor
Complete Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
'Interacting: An explanatory substantive grounded theory of casual distance education academics' experiences of work'
Associate Supervisor
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