Dr Trace Ollis
Dr Trace Ollis is an Associate Professor of Adult Education has been the Principal Editor of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning since 2017. Tracey commenced her career in education as a teacher of community development in TAFE. Tracey’s research focuses on Adult Education in workplaces and lifelong learning in Adult & Community Education (ACE) and community settings. Tracey has held several leadership positions at Deakin University and is currently on the School of Education Executive as the Higher Degree by Research Coordinator, a position which oversees 160 PhD & Masters by research students. Her research is involved with epistemological, ontological and ethical understandings of practice and how this relates to adult learners. She has deployed case study and multiple case study methodologies in a range of adult learning, vocational learning, and professional learning contexts including her book on adult learning in the human rights industry, A Critical Pedagogy of Embodied Education: Learning to Become an Activist (Palgrave, 2012.) Tracey is currently a Co-chief Investigator (CI) with Associate Professor Annette Foley (FEDU) on a DET grant reviewing the pre-accredited training system in Victoria. She is CI on several research projects on lifelong learning in Neighbourhood Houses and transition pathways to higher education and an evaluation of the NHVIC learning & development project. She has published both nationally and internationally in the area of second chance learners, disengaged learners, adult community education and professional learning.