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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 0402119711 Mobile Phone
Rockhampton North
CQUniversity Brisbane
About Me

I am the Senior Lecturer of Home Economics in the College of Education, School of Education and The Arts, where I support pre-service Home Economics teachers’ Professional Practice by employing authentic, positive and productive pedagogies and assessments. I received my doctoral qualification for cross-cultural spiritual health and well-being and home economics research from Griffith University, Australia. My specialist interests are Home Economics philosophy and ideology, spiritual health and well-being, sustainable development and active "glocal" citizenship.

Before becoming a registered teacher in 2009, I owned a small business, "Leopard Spots: Changing Your Impossible", which was an organiser service for small home-based businesses. I also had 16 years of experience working as an executive assistant in law firms and property development in Brisbane. I am one of 14 educators within my immediate and extended family. After working in the public and private sectors for many years, it was inevitable that I also entered the teaching profession. 

I am a Home Economics advocate and administer the social network HomeEcConnect. I have published several papers and book chapters, regularly present professional development workshops, and speak at national and international conferences. I am an accredited International Professional Home Economist (IPHE) and Executive Committee member of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE).

What does Home Economics mean to me?

I am a Home Economist. I am also a mother, sister, daughter, global citizen 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 on how and why my choices impact me, my family, my friends, my communities, and my Earth. I have come to understand that “everyday life” is a spiritual journey and home economics a spiritual pursuit. Home economics helps me to participate in life with an authentic and realistic perspective. I believe my profession is so important; I am committed to learning more and teaching others how valuable home economics can be. My advocacy role is to change public perceptions about Home Economics, one person at a time.

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

Home economics is an art and a science. Since its inception over 150 years ago, home economics has used scientific knowledge to inform safe, efficient and effective home management practices. The art of home economics comes from a treasure trove of artistic and creative skills acquired when learning and teaching in this field. Our professionals are multi-skilled. Home economics uniquely combines interdisciplinary knowledge focused on "the home" to inform individuals, families and communities about healthy, sustainable and ethical ways to live quality lives.

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 (or "glocal") issues that affect the everyday lives of individuals, families and communities while respecting culture, diversity and our common Earth home with all its creatures, land, air and water. HomeEcConnect promotes the valuable everyday contributions of home economics 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' SDGs.


Research Interests

  • Home Economics - as a discipline, academic and research field, arena for public policy and everyday living, and curriculum subject
  • Out-of-field teaching (OOFT) and professional development
  • Home Economics philosophy and ideology
  • Spirituality, Spiritual Health and Well-being
  • Individual, Family and Community Well-being
  • Design and Technologies in educational contexts, including food, culinary science, textiles and fashion in Secondary Schools
  • Initial Teacher Training - induction, professional practice, personal and professional identity, pedagogy
  • Qualitative research and 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, Emerald and Rockhampton North Campuses

Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus 


Grants / Funding / Awards / Recognition

  • 2017-present Student Voice Awards x 5
  • 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. A 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

  • 2016-present Senior Lecturer, Home Economics, CQUnivesrity
  • 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, an International home economics education initiative and social network on WordPress, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
  • 2003-2005 Senior Partner’s Executive Secretary and 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 (IFHE)
Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA)
United Nations Association of Australia (Qld division)
Golden Key International Honours Society (Lifetime Member)

Key Achievements

2020 to present - Vice President (Pacific) International Federation for Home Economics


Editorial Board for International Journal of Home Economics (IJHE)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

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

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy - Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development


Education policy, sociology and philosophy - Education policy, sociology and philosophy not elsewhere classified


Specialist Studies in Education - Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

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