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Prof Deborah Corrigan

Haileybury Council Deputy Chair
BSc, DipEd, M Ed Studies PhD (Monash)
Elected 2012

Haileybury Committees and Subsidiaries: Governance (Chair), Property and Haileybury Pangea

General: Prof Corrigan has a lifelong commitment to education and science education. Growing up in rural Victoria fostered an attitude of no unsolvable problems and an aspiration for all to reach their potential. This has led to her strong advocacy for women in STEM careers.

Academic: Prof Corrigan graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Education. While working as a teacher she completed her Masters in Educational Studies and completed her PhD in Chemistry Education while working at Monash University. Both awards were from Monash University.

Career and professional activities: Prof Corrigan started as a Chemistry and Biology teacher. After 10 years, she moved to Monash University to educate future teachers and research science education and teacher professionalism. Before her retirement in 2021, Prof Corrigan was the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education and the Inaugural Director of Education Futures. Prof Corrigan was awarded Emeritus Professor status at Monash University on her retirement. She was appointed as a lead researcher for the Centre for Education Research and Innovation for the OECD (Paris) in 2018.

Board experience: Prof Corrigan was School Council President of Cardinia Primary School for 12 years, a Councillor at St Margaret’s School (six years) and John Monash Science School (10 years). She was appointed to the Board of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (including Chair of Accreditation), Council of Deans of Education and several international education organisations.

Connection to Haileybury: Prof Corrigan is married to an Old Haileyburian, and her son attended Haileybury. She also has a daughter, who is now a teacher. Prof Corrigan has educated 75 Haileybury staff in a Master of Education program.

Values: Prof Corrigan is committed to educational excellence and providing learners with opportunities to undertake learning that they recognise as meaningful and useful to their lives, both at present and in the future.