About

Tracy_Durksen_1MB_photo_2017Welcome to the online place where I share my research and teaching experiences. I created this website in 2011 when I started my Ph.D program in Educational Psychology – and am happy to say that I completed my doctorate in June 2015! Along the way, I have posted about my Ph.D studies and travels (you can read my recent blog post here).

Since 2014, I have been collaborating with Professor Robert Klassen through his Teacher Selection Project. In 2016, I was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to conduct research on teachers’ non-academic attributes (personal characteristics such as motivation and adaptability) for three years at UNSW Sydney under the mentorship of Professor Andrew Martin in the School of Education.

In 2017, I partnered with the NSW Department of Education to conduct a three-year research project guided by the question: How can we identify successful teachers in NSW? The aim of this funded partnership is to validate a proposed model of teacher success as a framework for recruiting, selecting, and retaining quality teachers. Stay tuned for progress updates!

In 2018, my research will also involve exploring museum-based professional development programs for teachers. In addition to studying teachers and promoting professional development, I enjoy supporting preservice teachers. This year I will be teaching a course on child development as part of a new Master of Teaching Primary Program.

2018 will also involve more conference travels! For links to previous conference presentations (or see where I’m headed this year), visit my Research page or find my articles on ResearchGate.

You can send me a message by using the address associated with this website: email@tracydurksen.com

Thank you for stopping by! 

P.S. I used to update this website to share information about non-profit organisations (see charity spotlight) and links of interest – I plan on doing that again so please come back and visit.