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Adam Usher

BA (Hons) (UniAdel), MA, GDip Ed (UniMelb)

Academic Teaching Scholar, College of Education

Adam Usher is a teacher educator and Work Integrated Learning Coordinator at Victoria University.

Adam has twelve years experience in education as a teacher, whole school improvement consultant, teacher educator and researcher. He previously held senior education consultancy roles at Nord Anglia PLC and at Independent Schools Victoria, as well as leadership roles at schools and executive roles at professional teaching associations.

Adam's research interests are in the areas of:

  • global teaching and learning
  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • school effectiveness and improvement
  • work integrated learning
  • professional and organisational learning.

His work includes the design, conduct and evaluation of a theory in practice that re-conceptualises global education and learning for global citizenship. This is currently being used as the basis of collaborative projects with Global Gymnasier schools network in Denmark and the Asia Education Foundation in Australia.

He also undertakes evaluative project work. He recently undertook an evaluation of the Smarter Schools National Partnership program with Dr Ian Ling and Associate Professor Bill Eckersley, commissioned by the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia.


Refereed journal articles

Usher, A. (2012). Measuring Work Integrated Learning: The Development of the Meta-competency Test. Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships 46 (1): 5‐15.

Usher, A. (2012). Victoria University learning in the workplace and community: Connecting partners, connecting fields, connecting learning. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 13(1), 13–22.


Ling, I., Usher, A., Eckersley, W., (2012). AISSA Smarter Schools National Partnerships – Phase One: Evaluation Enquiry Report, unpublished report to the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia, August, 2012.

Conference presentations

Usher, A.,(2013). Developing Students' Professional Learning Identities: Early Findings from an AVID-focused Site-based Teacher Education Model. In Conference Proceedings, 18th WACE World Conference on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Durban, South Africa, 2013.

Usher, A., and Mullins, A., (2012) “Increasing the rigour: Developing effective and sustainable university-school partnerships through the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) system”, The Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) 2012 Conference

Teaching responsibilities

Bachelor of Education, Year 3

Professional memberships

Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

Areas of expertise

  • Global teaching and learning
  • Professional and organisational learning
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • School effectiveness and improvement
  • Work Integrated Learning

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5386