Two MGSE Professors receive Queen’s Birthday Honours

June 11 / 63

Professor Stephen Dinham and Professor John Hattie
Professor Stephen Dinham and Professor John Hattie

Professors Stephen Dinham and John Hattie of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) have been awarded 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Dinham, Chair of Teacher Education, received the Medal of the Order of Australia “for service to educational research, and to professional associations”.

He said it was a fantastic surprise. 

“Receiving the OAM was certainly unexpected. It’s an incredible honour to be recognised for doing a job I love.”

Professor Dinham joined MSGE as inaugural Chair, Teacher Education, at the start of this year. He is one of Australia’s foremost experts on teacher education. 

Professor John Hattie has been appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He received the award “for services to education”.

Professor Hattie said it was a huge honour. “I was very surprised when I learned I was going to receive the award. It is great to be recognised in this way.”

He joined MGSE from the University of Auckland earlier this year.  

Professor Hattie is the Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute. His work is internationally acclaimed. His influential 2008 book Visible Learning is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into which factors improve student learning.

For a list of alumni and staff who received Australian Queen's Birthday Honours, see

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