Sean Kearney

Dr Sean Kearney
PhD, MEd, DipEd, BA (Hons)
Associate Dean (Academic)

Phone: (02) 8204 4436

Dr Sean Kearney is Associate Dean, Academic in the School of Education, Sydney at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He lectures in educational psychology and general pedagogical methods. Sean started his career in teaching in New York City before immigrating to Australia where he taught high school English and History. Sean’s PhD research centred on beginning teacher induction programs in the independent education sector and the nature of professional socialisation to induct beginning teachers into the workforce. His current research focus is on assessment reform in higher education and the impact of international service learning immersion programs on students’ cross-cultural competence. He has published peer reviewed journal articles in both of these areas and has presented at national and international conferences. Sean has been involved in international service learning programs for three years, has received three grants for those programs, a Vice Chancellor’s Award and an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation (Team) for his work in Kenya. Most recently he has started the Dayamani Foundation, which is building the Dayamani Academy in India to help educate underprivileged Dalit children in Tenali, Andhra Pradesh.
Teaching Areas
Learning and Development Educational Psychology General Pedagogy
Research Expertise and Supervision
Educational Leadership Principalship Mentoring


Research & Engagement

Kearney, S. (2013). New scheme teacher induction: Challenges and opportunities. Saarbrucken, Germany: Scholar’s Press.
Journal Articles and Proceedings
  • Kearney, S.P., & Perkins, T. (2014). Engaging students through assessment: The success and limitations of the ASPAL (Authentic Self and Peer Assessment for Learning) model. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice 11(3).
  • Kearney, S., Perkins, T. & Maakrun, J. (2014). A transformative experience: A short-term cross-cultural service-learning immersion to Kenya. Issues in Educational Research, 24(2), 229-237.
  • Kearney, S.P. (2014). Teacher Attrition, Retention and Mobility: Where Does Australia Stand? Education & Society, 32(2), 5-24
  • Kearney, S.P. (2014). Understanding beginning teacher induction: A contextualised examination of best practice. Cogent Education, 1(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1080/2331186X.2014.967477
  • Kearney, S. (2013). Improving engagement: the use of 'Authentic self-and peer-assessment for learning' to enhance the student learning experience. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(7), 875-891.
  • Kearney, S.P. (2011). The Importance of Induction Programmes for Beginning teachers in Independent Catholic Secondary Schools in New South Wales. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education 2011. ISSN#:1541-5880
  • Kearney, S.P. & Perkins T. (2011). Developing Students' Capacity for Innovation, Creativity and Critical Thinking through Contemporary forms of Assessment. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education 2011. ISSN#:1541-5880
Conference Papers
  • Kearney, S.P. (2014). Quality teaching capacity: Initial Teacher Education and the practicum. Invited Presenter, Independent Education Union National Conference: Quality Education: What we do: Who we are. Sydney.
  • Kearney, S.P. & Perkins T. (2012). Implementing Authentic Self and Peer Assessment for Learning (ASPAL) in schools. Invited Presenter, Australasian Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Authorities (ACACA) Conference: Building a New Culture of Teaching and Learning through Assessment. Brisbane
  • Kearney, S. P., & Perkins, T. (2011). Improving Engagement: The Use of 'Authentic Self and Peer Assessment for Learning' to Enhance the Student Learning Experience. Paper presented at the Academic and Business Research Institute Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada, 6-8 October.
  • Kearney, S. (2010, Nov.). Understanding the need for Induction Programmes for Beginning Teachers in Independent Catholic Secondary Schools in New South Wales, Paper presented at the Faculty of Education and IERI HDR Conference, University of Wollongong.
  • Kearney, S.P. & Perkins T. (2010, Nov.). Developing students' capacity for innovation, creativity and critical thinking through contemporary forms of assessment: a case study in progress. Paper presented at ATN Assessment Conference, University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Kearney, S.P. & Perkins T. (2010, Nov.). Authentic Self and Peer Assessment for Learning (ASPAL) – a model for re-engaging students in the assessment for learning process. Paper presented at NSW Institute for Educational Research Conference, University of Technology, Sydney (Kurangai).
In the Media
The Catholic Weekly, 16 March, 2014
Professional Affiliations
Vice President New South Wales Institute for Educational Research
Community Engagement
Founding Director - Dayamani Foundation
Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Vice Chancellor's Award for Initiatives that Enhance Student Learning