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.
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.
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.
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
CQUniversity, Brisbane Campus
Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus
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
Editorial Board for International Journal of Home Economics (IJHE)
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Associate Supervisor