CQUniversity Profiles
CQUniversity Profiles
Search Find an Expert Sign In

Dr. Jay Deagon

IPHE, PhD, MEd, BEd (Sec) 1st Class Hons
Senior Lecturer - Home Economics
School of Education and the Arts
(07) 4980 4156
+61 0428032102 Mobile Phone
About Me


Jay is the course coordinator and senior lecturer for Home Economics within the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) teaching specialisation in the School of Education and The Arts. Her interests include developing pre-service teachers’ Professional Practice and use of positive and productive pedagogies in home economics classrooms. Jay received her doctoral qualification for her research into spirituality and home economics education from Griffith University, Australia. Her specialist interest areas are Home Economics, Health Education, spiritual health and well-being, education for sustainable development and active global citizenship.

Prior to becoming a registered teacher in 2009, Jay had her own business "Leopard Spots: Changing Your Impossible" which was an organiser service for small home-based businesses, and 16 years experience working as a legal secretary and executive assistance in law firms and property development in Brisbane. Jay is one of 12 educators within her immediate and extended family. After working in the public and private sectors for many years, it was inevitable that Jay also entered the teaching profession.

Since transitioning into Higher Education, Jay has become a strong advocate for Home Economics and administers the social network HomeEcConnect. She has published a number of papers and book chapters about her research and presented at national and international conferences. Jay is an accredited International Professional Home Economists (IPHE), member of the International Federation for Home Economics, and the Home Economics Institute of Australia.

What does Home Economics mean to me?

I am a mother, sister, daughter, global citizen, Home Economics professional and researcher – but most importantly – I am me. Home economics makes clear the roles that I am responsible for in society. My home economics education has enhanced my skills for making important everyday decisions and enlightened me as to how and why my choices impact on me, my family, my friends, my communities, and my Earth. I have learnt that home economics is much more than cooking fried rice and sewing pencil cases. I have come to understand that “everyday life” is a spiritual journey. Home economics helps me to actively participate in life with an authentic and realistic perspective. I believe this field is so important, I am committed to learning more and teaching others how valuable home economics can be. My role is to change public perceptions about Home Economics educator, one person at a time.

HomeEcConnect: The art and science of home economics connects essential knowledge

Jay is the founder of an online social network called HomeEcConnect. The purpose of HomeEcConnect is to bring together home economics students, teachers and professionals worldwide to work collaboratively, be inspired and take action on local and global issues that affect everyday lives of individuals and families while respecting diversity and our common Earth home with all its creatures, land, air and water.

The mission of HomeEcConnect is to promote the valuable everyday constributions that home economics makes towards optimal and sustainable futures for all, founded on shared ethical frameworks and guidance from the International Federation for Home Economics, The Earth Charter, and the United Nations.


Research Interests

  • Home Economics - as a holistic and interdisciplinary discipline, academic and research field, arena for public policy and everyday living, and curriculum subject
  • Home Economics Philosophy
  • Spirituality, Spiritual Health and Wellbeing
  • Individual, Family and Community Wellbeing
  • Food Technology and Culinary Science (Secondary School)
  • Textile Technology and Fashion Design (Secondary School)
  • Pre-Service Teacher Training - Professional Practice, Personal and Professional Identity, Pedagogy
  • Bricolage Methodology

Universities Studied At

Doctor of Philosophy (2014) Griffith University, School of Education and Professional Studies
Arts, Education and Law

Master of Education (by original research) (2009) Griffith University, School of Education and Professional Studies
Arts, Education and Law

Bachelor of Education (Sec) 1st Class Hons (2008) Queensland University of Technology
Home Economics and Health Education majors

Universities Worked At

CQUniversity, Brisbane Campus

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus 


Grants / Funding / Awards / Recognition

  • 2017 CQUniversity New Staff Researcher's Grant: Recontextualising Australian cookery education for a Nepalese context: empowering women through tourism and culinary exchange
  • 2010-2013 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship (APA)
  • 2012 Griffith Institute for Educational Research Higher Research Degree Publication Award
  • 2012 Griffith University International Conference Travel Grant
  • 2012 HEIA conference attendance grant in Prague
  • 2009 Award for Academic Excellence 2009 for studies in Master of Education, Griffith University
  • 2009 i.lab Incubator Innovation Prize in the Griffith Innovation Business Plan Challenge
  • 2007 & 2008 QUT Faculty of Education Dean’s Scholar
  • 2008 QUT Faculty of Education & Faulty of Health Representative, Head Delegate, Harvard World Model United Nations, Puebla, Mexico. Representing NGO: Global Fund for Women
  • 2008 Pre-Service Teacher’s Forum on Sustainability with The Honourable Rod Welford MP, Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts to present Pre-Service Teacher Charter on Sustainability Education, Parliament House, Brisbane.
  • 2008 Education for Sustainability Project Pre-Service Teacher Forum. Collaborative effort to create the document: ”Embrace, Embed & Empower: Pre-Service Teachers Call for Action on Sustainability”

Media Citations

Radio Interview

ABC's Inga Stunzner Interview with Dr Jay Deagon, Lecturer, CQUniversity
08 Feb 2017 4:27PM • ABC Southern Queensland, Toowoomba (Drive)
hosted by Loretta Ryan


News article and Home Economics interview - with a thank you to Maria Learmonth, Emmaus College and Year 11 students.
ABC Capricornia By Inga Stünzner
Posted 9 Feb 2017, 2:39pm

Deagon, J. R., (2017) Don't Let Food Focus Take a Bite out of the Wider Home Economics Agenda
Published 27 January 2017

Professional Experience

  • 2014-2016 Sessional Academic, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University
  • 2015 University Liaison, Professional Experience Office, Griffith University
  • 2014-2017 Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER)
  • July-Dec 2014 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, GIER publication fellowship
  • 2013-2014 Adjunct Associate Lecturer, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University
  • 2009-present Founder and Administrator of HomeEcConnect, International home economics education initiative and social network, HomeEcConnect on WordPress, Facebook & Twitter
  • 2003-2005 Senior Partner’s Executive Secretary, Personal Assistant to Registered Migration Agent, MacDonnells Solicitors
  • 2000-2002 Business owner: Leopard Spots “Changing The Impossible”, personal organiser service
  • 1996-2003 Professional Temporary Secretarial, Executive Secretary, Personal Assistant, Administration Assistant, Accounts Various offices (real estate & legal)

Professional Memberships

Queensland College of Teachers
International Federation for Home Economics (Asia Pacific Region)
Home Economics Institute of Australia (Qld division)
United Nations Association of Australia (Qld division)
Golden Key International Honours Society (Lifetime Member)


Editorial Board for International Journal of Home Economics (IJHE)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3903 Education Systems
  • 3901 Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 3904 Specialist Studies in Education

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
No Supervisions to display.
Loading Publications
Loading Teaching