Professor Diane Mayer

Professorial Fellow

Professor Diane Mayer is Professor of Education (Teacher Education) in the Department of Education and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College. Her research and scholarship focuses on teacher education and early career teaching, examining issues associated with the policy and practice of teaching and teacher education and induction into the profession.

Diane was lead CI on the Australian Research Council funded project Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education (2011-2015) and the related Australian Government funded project Longitudinal Teacher Education and Workforce Study. These were large-scale, mixed-methods, longitudinal studies designed to investigate the effectiveness of teacher education in preparing teachers for the variety of Australian school settings in which they begin their teaching careers. It tracked around 5,000 graduate teachers and 1,000 school principals over four years and closely followed 197 graduate teachers and 52 school leaders in 29 case study schools.

Selected recent publications include:

  • Mayer, D., Dixon, M., Kline, J., Kostogriz, A., Rowan, L., Walker-Gibbs, B., White, S. (2017). Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education: Early Career Teachers in Diverse Settings. Singapore: Springer Publishers.
  • Mayer, D., Cotton, W. & Simpson, A. (2017) Teacher Education in Australia: Evidence of effectiveness. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Critical Perspectives on Teacher Education. (Lampert, J. (Ed). Oxford University Press.
  • Rowan, L., Kline, J., & Mayer, D. (2017). Early Career Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Preparedness To Teach “Diverse Learners”: Insights From An Australian Research Project. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42(10). 71-92.
  • Mayer, D. & Reid, J., (2016). Professionalising teacher education: Evolution of a changing knowledge and policy landscape. In Hamilton, M.L & Loughran, J. (Eds.) International Handbook of Teacher Education, Springer Press.

Prior to joining the University of Oxford, Diane was Professor of Education and Dean of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney in Australia. She has previously held academic and leadership positions at universities in Australia and at the University of California at Berkeley in the US. She is senior editor of the Routledge journal, Teaching Education, and executive editor of Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice.

Diane will be responsible for providing high quality research and academic research leadership in the area of teacher professional learning and will coordinate the department’s Pedagogy, Learning and Knowledge research theme, currently comprising of four individual research groups.