Educational Leader

Prize: Teaching award


The MQ Mid-Career Transition to Teaching project (MQMCT) and its In-School Initial Teacher Education (INSITE) Network supports the recruitment, progression, and transition into teaching of high calibre STEM career changers. It focuses on student experiences and professional care, executive mentoring and transition learning experiences in keeping with the aim to improve employment outcomes for graduates as outlined in the Faculty of Arts Strategic Plan 2022-25. Led by Dutton, the MQ MCT project design and development utilises grant funding from the NSW Department Education’s workforce supply strategy ‘The Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Program’ (2021-25). Each year (2022-2024) the DoE pays up to 30 MQ scholarship winners $30,000 on degree commencement and $10,000 in each of the first three years of teaching and provides 2-3 days/week in a non-teaching (paraprofessional) role and a permanent teaching position on completion. Success of programs such as the MQMCT are significant given the chronic STEM teacher shortages flagged in 2023 government reports such as the Teacher Education Expert Panel and NSW Teacher shortages and education report.

The MQMCT steering team (Dutton, Garofano, Holmes and Wilson) lead the design, delivery and evaluation of the innovative STEM career change project that sits within the MQ Master of Teaching (secondary) degree. Hay contributed the initial executive mentoring model and Bower leads the development of ICT offerings.
Degree of recognitionMQ Teaching Award