Associate professor Therese Keane
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 focused on ICT Leadership in schools. Therese has served on a number of State, National and International Boards; Chair of Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE) and Australian Representative for the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Education (TC3). Currently, she is the Vice Chair for TC3 – WG3.3 – “Research into Educational Applications of Information Technologies”. Therese is an Assistant Editor for “Education and Information Technologies” – the official journal of the IFIP Technical Committee on Education. It covers the complex relationships between information and communication technologies and education. Throughout her career, Therese has also been an 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 25 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 has developed and delivered workshops in humanoid robot (NAO) for primary and secondary school students and was also involved with the FIRST LEGO League as Tournament Director for Victoria and lead mentor for the RoboCats – a school girl only robotics team that participated in the FIRST Robotic Competition from 2014-2020.
Here are some of the highlighted professional activities Therese has been engaged in: