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Joce Nuttall

Executive Dean - Education

Amo Matua, Ako

Faculty of Education

13 February 2024

About Joce Nuttall

Professor Joce Nuttall is Executive Dean for Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education, bringing with her over forty years of experience as a leader, educator, and researcher in primary and early childhood settings.

Joce’s university experience includes Australian Catholic University (ACU) where she was Research Director – Teacher Education in the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education and was also where she established and directed the Centre for Early Childhood Futures. She served as Associate Dean (Teaching; Staff and Environment) at Monash University and Acting Associate Dean (Research) at ACU.

A board member of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority from 2016 to 2022, Joce has significant knowledge in the construction and implementation of early childhood curriculum policy and the design of teacher education programmes.

Her research interests include the initial and continuing education of educators and educational leaders, and the development of strategies for system-level workforce capacity building in early childhood education and care.



  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education
  • Certificate of Equivalence to the Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
  • Master of Education (with Distinction)
  • Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma of Dunedin Teachers’ College


Member, Best Start Best Life Taskforce Advisory Group, Victorian Department of Education (2022-current)
Fellow of the Australian Teacher Education Association (awarded 2019)
ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Research Excellence (2018)
Board Member, Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (2016-2018;2019-2022)
Member, Minister’s Expert Panel on Early Childhood Development, Victorian Department of Families and Children (2017-2018)
Selection Panel member, Victorian Premier’s Early Years Awards, (2014-2018)
William Evans Visiting Fellow, University of Otago,(8 September to 12 October 2012)
Nominee, Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision, Monash University, (2010)
Australian Teacher Education Association award for best paper in Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, (2008)
Governor General’s appointee to the Board of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, (2000–2003)
Claude McCarthy Fellowship, New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, (2003)
Victoria University of Wellington PhD Scholarship, (2002–2004)

Research interests

  • Initial and continuing teacher education
  • Early childhood teacher workforce
  • Leadership development in early childhood education
  • Policy analysis
  • Cultural-historical activity theory
  • Ethnographic and interpretive methods in education research


Recent publications

Nuttall, J., Reinertsen, A. B., & Armstrong-Read, A. H. (2023). Learing to lead in early childhood education: New methodologies in research and practice. Cambridge University Press

Learning to Lead in Early Childhood Education (


Nuttall, J., Henderson, L., Wood, E., & Martin, J. (2023). Reconceptualising pedagogical leadership for quality in early childhood education: From individual dispositions to systemic creativity. In L. S. Hansen & C. Ringsmose (Eds). Quality in early childhood education and care through leadership and organizational learning. Springer.

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