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Dr Tasha Riley


Tasha Riley

School of Education and Professional Studies
+61 (0)7 3735 5660 (Work)
M09 2.108D, Mount Gravatt Campus

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Dr Tasha Riley, PhD, MA, BFA is a Lecturer in Educational and Professional Studies where she teaches courses in diversity and Indigenous Education. Her research interests focus on Indigenous Education, Sociology in Education, and Teacher Leadership. Her research combines the insights of the data-driven theories of self-fulfilling prophecy and attribution with anti-racist, critical multicultural, and whiteness theories in order to consider the significance teachers’ expectations of Indigenous learners have upon their educational opportunities. Tasha has sustained a track record of excellence in research as demonstrated by her AEL Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2012-15), her high-quality publications and her ability to attract research funding such as Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research Grant (2007-09) for her research on teachers’ expectations of Indigenous learners. She has worked collaboratively with distinguished scholars on the Principals as Literacy Leaders with Indigenous Communities (PALLIC) team (2012-15) where she contributed to a major national report. Her research strongly aligns with her commitment to ensuring teachers are engaged leaders when it comes to creating educational settings that validate students’ diverse knowledge base and political and community consciousness. Dr Riley comes from a unique teaching and facilitation background. She has developed and delivered courses and workshops in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia and has taught to a wide range of audiences including learners within primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions, community organisations, recovery centres, and correctional institutions. In addition to teaching, she has published in the fields of Indigenous and diversity education, teacher development, and sexual health education. Prior to moving to Australia, she worked as the Education Coordinator for a community health organisation in Vancouver, Canada.


  • Lecturer
    Griffith Education and Professional Studies, Australia1 May 2015
  • Member
    Griffith Institute for Educational Research1 Jan 2012
  • AEL Post-doctoral Research Fellow
    Griffith University, Australia28 Mar 2012 - 28 Mar 2015


  • AEL Post-doctoral Fellow
    Griffith University, Australia28 Mar 2012 - 28 Mar 2015
  • Lecturer
    Griffith University, Education and Professional Studies, Australia1 May 2015
  • Sessional Lecturer
    The University of British Columbia, Canada1 Jun 2008 - 31 Dec 2010
  • Tutor
    The University of British Columbia, Canada1 Sep 2005 - 31 Dec 2008


  • Education Coordinator
    AIDS Vancouver, Canada1 Jun 2009 - 29 Feb 2012
  • Education Consultant
    West Coast Legal Education Action Fund1 Jan 2005 - 30 Jun 2008


  • PhD, Sociology of Education
    The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada1 Sep 2006 - 1 Jun 2009
  • MA, Sociology of Education
    The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada1 Sep 2003 - 1 Jun 2005
  • BFA, Hons, Fine Arts and Art History
    Western University, Canada1 Sep 1994 - 30 Jun 1997


  • Assessment Matters
  • Aboriginal Education Certificate
    University of Alberta
  • Leadership Training
    Stronger, Smarter
  • Foundations of Project Management
  • French Imtermediate in Oral Communication
    UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education
  • French Intermediate Certificate
    CUEF-Centre Universitaire d'Etudes Francaises
  • Finding and Evaluating Research Evidence - Systematic Literature Reviews
    Canadian Centre for Knowledge Mobilization (CCKM)1 Jan 2005


  • AEL Post-Graduate Fellowship
    Griffith University, Australia28 Mar 2012 - 28 Mar 2015
    Indigenous Education


  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • French
    Can read, speak and understand