Dr Joy Hardy is the Deputy Director of the SiMERR National Research Centre at the University of New England in Australia. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Head of the School of Education and she had responsibility for the review and re-development of all the pre-service teacher programs at the University of New England vis-a-vis teacher professional standards in New South Wales.
As a teacher educator she was an Associate Professor in Contextual Studies in Education at the University of New England (UNE). She and others in the Contextual Studies Team were responsible for preparing pre-service teachers to recognise, appreciate and respond appropriately to student diversity. This work was underpinned by an overt social justice agenda.
Prior to her appointment at the University of New England, Joy worked as a lecturer at the University of Queensland. She lectured in Sociology in the Bachelor of Arts program and in various courses concerning critical socio-cultural perspectives in pre-service teacher education programs.
Like most teacher educators, Joy Hardy has been a practicing teacher. She was a secondary Science and Mathematics teacher for 15 years.
Joy Hardy’s research is far-ranging and she is known internationally and nationally for her work on teacher quality, policy frameworks, environmental education and philosophy of education.