Bernadette is currently an Associate Professor, in the School of Education at Deakin University. She has led education initiatives in higher education, schools and with communities in Victoria and Queensland. She is recognised as an outstanding educator with commendations for teaching excellence as recently as 2015. Associate Professor Walker-Gibbs has an international reputation in research for her leadership of large scale, longitudinal studies in teacher education and for international comparative studies in rural education. Since commencing at Deakin in 2008, Bernadette has been a chief investigator on research projects totaling nearly $14 million in competitive grants and other tenders, including an ARC linkage. Bernadette (with Diane Mayer, Mary Dixon, Jodie Kline, Alex Kostogriz, Julianne Moss, Leonie Rowan, and Simone White ) recently published a book on Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education with Springer Publishers.