Professor and Associate Dean Simone White

Simone White is Professor and Associate Dean (International and Engagement) in the Faculty of Education at QUT. Simone’s area of expertise is Teacher Education and her publications, research and teaching are all focused on the key question of how to best prepare teachers and leaders for diverse communities (both local and global).

Her current research areas focus on rural education, teacher education policy, teacher development, professional experience and building and maintaining university-school/community partnerships. She is the Past President of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) and a past Vice President of the Society for the Provision for Education in Rural Australia (SPERA).

Simone has recently led an Australian government grant, with colleagues from QUT, ECU and CSU focused on improving the preparation of future teachers to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and caregivers. Through her collective work, Simone aims to connect research, policy and practice in ways that bring teachers and school and university based teacher educators together and break down traditional borders between academics, policy makers, communities and practitioners.


White, S (2019, in press) Recruiting, retaining and supporting beginning teachers for rural schools in Sullivan, A (Ed) Developing the next generation of teachers: problems and possibilities, Routledge,

Cuervo, H., Corbett, C & White, S (2019) Disrupting rural futures and teachers’ work: Problematizing aspirations and belonging in young people’s lives, In Unsettling Place and Space, Springer: Singapore, pp.87-100

White, S., Kline, J., Hastings, W., & Lock, G. (2011) Renewing rural and regional teacher education curriculum [online resource]. Melbourne, Australian Teaching and Learning Council. Available from

Rennie, J., White, S., Anderson, P.. , & Darling, A. (2018) Preparing teachers to work with and for remote indigenous communities: Unsettling institutional practices. In Heck, Deborah & Ambrosetti, Angelina (Eds.) Teacher Education in and for Uncertain Times. Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 113-127.

White, S. & Corbett, M. (eds) (2014) Doing Educational Research in Rural Settings: Methodological issues, International Perspectives and Practical Solutions, Routledge, New York

White, S. (2015). Extending the knowledge base for (rural) teacher educators. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, Vol. 25 (3), 50–61.

White, S. (2015) A road less travelled, Becoming a rural teacher educator in Rural Education Self Study edited by Bernadette Walker-Gibbs and Ann Shulte, Dordrecht: Springer Press, 37-54

Kline, J., White, S., & Lock, G. (2013) The rural practicum: Preparing a quality teacher workforce for rural and regional Australia. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 28 (3), 1-13.

White, S & Kline, J. (2012) Developing a Rural Teacher Education Curriculum Package, The Rural Educator, 33, 2, 36-42

Anderson, M & White, S. (2011) Resourcing change in small schools, Australian Journal of Education, 55, 1, 50-61

White, S., Lock., Hastings, W., Cooper, M., Reid, J., Green, B (2011) Investing in sustainable and resilient rural social space for teacher Education, Education in Rural Australia, 21, 1, 67- 79

Reid, J., Green, B., Cooper, M., Hastings, W., Lock, G., White, S. (2010) Regenerating rural social space? Teacher education for rural-regional sustainability, Australian Journal of Education, 54 (3), p.262

White, S., & Reid, J. (2008). Placing teachers? Sustaining rural schooling through place-consciousness in teacher education, In Journal for Research in Rural Education, 23(7)

Government commissioned reports

White, Ma Rhea, Anderson & Atkinson (2013) A unit outline and content for professional learning units to support teachers in meeting Focus Areas 1.4 and 2.4, AITSL

White, S and Kline, J. (2012). Renewing Rural and Regional Teacher Education Curriculum – Final Report, Sydney, NSW: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (Office for Learning and Teaching)

Reid, J. White, S., Lock, G., Cooper, M. and Hastings, W. (2011) TERRAnova: Renewing Rural teacher Education for Rural and Regional Australia: National Case Reports. Charles Sturt University.


White, S., Anderson, P., Gower, G., Byrne, M., Bennet, M., Quin, A., (2019) Your Story Our Journey

Anderson, P., Rennie, J., White, S & Darling, A. (2017) Partnering for remote education (online resource) Department of Education. Available from

White, S., Kline, J., Hastings, W., & Lock, G. (2011) Renewing rural and regional teacher education curriculum [online resource]. Melbourne, Australian Teaching and Learning Council. Available from

Mt Isa Initiative
QUT Education, the Mt Isa Centre for Learning and Well-Being and the Queensland Department of Education have joined together to build the opportunity for pre-service teachers to have a community engagement experience in the Mt Isa region.