Dr Chris Hackett



Professor Chris Hackett
BA, BEd (WAust), MREd (Notre Dame), PhD (Notre Dame)
Associate Dean (Religious Education)


Email: Chris.Hackett@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0159

Chris Hackett is the Associate Dean responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Religious Education.  Chris teaches in the areas of Religious Education, pastoral care, spirituality education and values education. He also supervises research students in these areas as part of the School of Education’s doctoral program.  Chris has had extensive experience in Religious Education, from teaching RE to coordination duties as Head of Department in co-educational and single-sex (boys) Catholic secondary schools.  During the 1990s he worked at the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia as a consultant on the Secondary Religious Education Team. He completed his doctorate on: A longitudinal study of the personal and professional responses of recently assigned secondary RE teachers to curriculum demands in 2006.

Chris has published academic articles and book chapters on Religious Education, teacher formation and student ministry and presented at conferences on the formation of RE teachers, student ministry and the spirituality of young people. He is the Chair of the Religion and Life Curriculum and Assessment Committee for the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. He has been a Chief Examiner and Marker and facilitator for professional development days on Religion and Life. Chris has also presented at the CEO Western Australia and at Catholic schools on teaching values, youth spirituality and the pedagogy of secondary Religious Education. In 2007, Chris was a member of the CEO working party on retreat programs and has collaborated on developing a retreat training leaders program for pre-service teachers at Notre Dame.  He is Director of the Catholic Institute of Western Australia and ex-officio member of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia.