Our international research team is led by Robert Klassen, Professor and Chair of the Psychology in Education Research Centre at the University of York, UK. Professor Klassen’s research interest is in building an understanding of the non-cognitive attributes, especially motivation, of teachers and trainee teachers. His current work in the UK (2012-) has focused on the development and pilot of the Teacher Selection Tool.

Lisa Bardach is an ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of York. Lisa obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Vienna in Austria. In her research, she focuses on teachers’ and students’ non-cognitive attributes, particularly motivation.

 Liz Maxwell is the Project Co-Ordinator as well as an Education Advisor on the project. Liz has over twenty years' experience working in schools and teacher education around the globe including The UK, Australia, Hong Kong and The United Arab Emirates. 

Mark Davies joined the research team in October, 2017 as the Project Animator to develop the video SJTs. Previously Mark worked as a 3D animator at Crytek UK and Wales Interactive. He also lectured part-time on a computer animation course at the University of South Wales. His most recent position was with Futurium as a 3D artist and then as a 3D generalist and graphic designer.

Jade Rushby is a Research Technician who joined the project in October 2018 after completing her Masters in Psychology in Education at the University of York.

Helen Granger joined the project as an Education Advisor in June 2018, working with us one day per week. Helen will be writing new classroom-based SJT items, developing Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) content as well as providing advice on liaising with education contacts in the UK. Helen currently works part-time as the mathematics subject lead on the University of York's PGCE program and has extensive prior experience teaching in schools in The UK. 

Tracy Durksen (University of New South Wales, Australia), is a collaborator who is currently working with educational experts in Australia helping to develop the use of SJTs for teacher development

Our SJT project collaborations also include other researchers from the following teacher education providers:

  • Liverpool Hope University (England)
  • Stranmillis University College (Northern Ireland)
  • Strathclyde University (Scotland)
  • Sultan Qaboos University (Oman) 
  • Teach First (England)
  • Teach For Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
  • Ministry of Education and Science (Lithuania)
  • Ministry of Education and Science (Malawi)
  • The University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • University of North Carolina (North America)
  • York St John University (England)

Contact details for Rob Klassen

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