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Associate Professor Therese Keane

Deputy Chair of Department, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, Education
Doctor of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia; Master of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia


For over 20 years Associate Professor Therese Keane has been a stalwart for empowering girls in STEM. Her passion and many achievements have been acknowledged by her peers in her receiving numerous national and state awards. Therese is currently the Deputy Chair of the Department of Education at Swinburne University. She has worked in a variety of school settings where she has taught IT and lead in K-12 education as the Director of ICT. Her Doctorate in Education focuses on ICT Leadership in schools. At a national level, Therese is the former Chair of Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee,  and a former board member of the Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE). Internationally, she is the Australian representative for the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Education. Therese is a former office holder in three professional teaching associations, the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA), Information  and Communications Technology in Education Victoria (ICTEV) and the Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria (DLTV). Therese has presented numerous seminars and workshops for teachers involved in the teaching of IT. She has written several textbooks in all units of Senior IT in Victoria, VCE Information Technology since 1995 and has worked with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in the development of the VCE IT Study Design and various roles associated with VCE assessment over the past 20 years.  Therese is involved in the provision of professional development to ICT teachers and research into the use of technology, gender inequalities in STEM based subjects, robotics in education and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes. Therese runs humanoid robot (NAO) workshops for primary and secondary school students during the school holidays and is also involved with the FIRST LEGO League, as she is the Tournament Director for Victoria and is a lead mentor for the RoboCats – a school girl only robotics team that participates in the FIRST Robotic Competition.

Research interests

Computing Education; Use of technology and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes; Educational technologies; Mobile computing devices in schools (notebooks, netbooks, iPads, tablets, smart phones); BYOT in schools; ICT professional learning needs of teachers; 1:1 Programs; Robotics in education; gender and technology; Gender, technology and leadership

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

ICT in education

ICT leadership in schools

Raising STEM in education

Robotics in Education

Technology usage in secondary schools

Under-representation of females in ICT

Fields of Research

  • Educational Technology And Computing - 130306
  • Specialist Studies In Education - 130300

Teaching areas

Education;ICT education;Digital Technologies in Education;Robotics in Education


  • 2017, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Community Engagement Award - Highly commended, Swinburne University
  • 2017, International, South Pacific Woodie Flowers Finalist, FIRST
  • 2017, Swinburne, Dean's Award - Most Effective Industry/Community Engagement, Swinburne University
  • 2017, National, ACS Digital Distruptors Award For Team Project (Non profit), Australian Computer Society
  • 2017, National, ACEL State Fellowship, Australian Council For Educational Leadership
  • 2016, National, Tech Diversity Award, #TechDiversity
  • 2015, National, DLTV Leader of the Year, DLTV
  • 2014, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Engagement Award, Swinburne University

Professional memberships

  • 2014 - 2016: Board Member, ACS ICT Educators Board, Australia
  • 2017 - 2019: Chair, ACS ICT Educators Program, Australia
  • 2017 - 2019: Committee Member, IFIP TC 3 (Education, Austria
  • 2018 - 2019: Committee Member, Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority -VCE VCE Computing study review panel., Australia
  • 2014 - 2018: Board Member, ACS Profesional Advisory Board, Australia
  • 2016 (current): Reviewer, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, United States
  • 2014 (current): Reviewer, Education and Information Technologies (Journal), United States


Also published as: Keane, Therese; Keane, T.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Acorns to Oak Trees: Creative approaches to teaching STEM to advance female students *; Invergowrie Foundation
  • 2019: Victorian Teachers use of an Integrated Digital Resources: Stage One - Strategic Thinking & Co-Design *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2018: Identifying the Initiatives that Influence 1st Year Female Students Choosing Computing Degrees *; ACDICT - Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communications Technology
  • 2018: Standing out from the crowd: Addressing the underrepresentation of females in STEM *; Invergowrie Foundation

* Chief Investigator

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