Tracy Durksen, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology. My expertise falls in the area of educational psychology and the core theme driving my research and teaching is teacher education and development. I am interested in preservice and practicing teachers’ personal and professional learning and development across career stages and teaching contexts. Specifically, I aim to transform teacher attraction, recruitment and selection, development, retention, and promotion by focusing on psychological characteristics like motivation and adaptability. As such, my research includes exploring non-academic measures of classroom readiness through innovative methods (e.g., online scenario-based learning). My research interests also include site-based and outreach education programs in STEM for students and teachers.
I completed my PhD in 2015 through the University of Alberta (Canada). I joined the School of Education at UNSW as a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a three-year appointment (2016-2019) under the mentorship of Scientia Professor Andrew Martin. I have continued to contribute in the School of Education as Lecturer (2019-2021) and Senior Lecturer (since July 2021). Over the years I have developed my research focus by collaborating with the European Research Council funded (€1.4 million) Teacher Selection Project team led by Professor Klassen (University of York, UK). Locally, I have been the chief investigator for a funded research project with the NSW Department of Education on teacher success since 2017. My international contributions include being a member of the questionnaire expert group tasked with supporting the development and implementation of the 2024 OECD Teacher and Learning International Survey. I previously worked as a primary school teacher in Canada and currently serve as Director for the School of Education’s Master of Teaching Primary program.