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Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia


Michelle Ronksley-Pavia

School of Education and Professional Studies
+61 (0)7 5552 9065 (Work)
G30 3.23, Gold Coast Campus

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Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia is a GIER Research Fellow and lecturer at Griffith University in the School of Education and Professional Studies lecturing in undergraduate and postgraduate Primary and Secondary Education courses, where she has been awarded Teaching Excellence Awards for her work with pre-service teachers. Since migrating from Belgium to Australia, Dr Ronksley-Pavia has worked in a different sectors including as a professional artist, graphic designer, retail manager, and Arts writer. She has been a practicing artist for over 25 years, graduating from the University of Western Sydney (Bachelor of Visual Arts-Honours) where she majored in printmaking and painting. Prior to this Dr Ronksley-Pavia studied drawing and painting at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Her work is represented in private collections in America, Europe and Australia. Michelle has participated in over 30 group exhibitions, and five solo exhibitions. Since becoming a registered teacher, Dr Ronksley-Pavia has taught in a variety of educational contexts including Adult and Community Education, TAFE colleges, and in schools both in New South Wales and Queensland. Dr Ronksley-Pavia has worked with gifted and talented students and in special education across P-12 schooling sectors. Dr Ronksley-Pavia's qualifications include a Master's Degree in Gifted and Talented Education and a PhD in the area of gifted education and twice exceptionality. Dr Ronksley-Pavia is a leading researcher and expert in the field of gifted education and twice exceptionality in Australia and has a growing international reputation through her research and publications spanning journal articles, books, book chapters, and conference presentations. As past President of the Queensland Association for Gifted & Talented Children (QAGTC-GC Branch), Dr Ronksley-Pavia has a wealth of experience supporting and advocating for the needs of gifted and twice exceptional learners and their families. Dr Ronksley-Pavia is a member of the World Council for Gifted & Talented Children, editorial board member for the Australian Gifted education journal TalentEd, and, inaugural member of SPELD Victoria’s Australian Research Committee.


  • Member
    Griffith Institute for Educational Research2020


  • Doctor Of Philosophy
    Griffith University2012 - 2016
  • Master of Education
    University of New England2008 - 2012
  • Graduate Diploma Of Education
    University of Southern Queensland2011 - 2013
  • BA VisArts Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)
    Western Sydney University1989 - 1992


  • Graduate Certificate In Education Studies
    University of Southern Queensland1 Jan 2006 - 1 Jan 2007
  • Accredited Mental Health First Aid
    Griffith University13 Nov 2019 - 13 Nov 2022