Personal details

Dr Lisa van Leent
Senior Lecturer (Literacy)
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Learning Innovation (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Education (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
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Co-Convenor of the Gender, Sexualities and Cultural Studies Special Interest Group (AARE):

Chair of the Queensland Queering Education Consultative Committee (QQECC)

QUT Pride Staff Network: founding member

LGBTI Government Roundtable: member 2018-2020

Membership of Learned Societies

  • Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)

Diverse sexualities, Primary, Pedagogy, Teacher education, Sex education, Digital literacies, English Curriculum

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Lisa van Leent is a senior lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership within the Faculty of Education. Her research interests concern teacher support in relation to sex education, particularly in regards to diverse sexualities, and the improvement in support for LGBTIQ+ students in schools. Dr Lisa van Leent has higher education undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in the sociology of education, multiliteracies, digital literacies and English Curriculum. She has extensive experience as a primary classroom teacher. In 2014, she was awarded a Teaching and Learning Award for Teaching Excellence from the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. She completed her doctoral study, titled “Primary School Teachers’ Conceptions of Pedagogical Responses to Concepts of Diverse Sexualities” at Queensland University of Technology in 2014. Interestingly, teachers responded with uncertainty to a range of scenarios inclusive of diverse sexualities concepts as part of their daily work. Her future research interests involve how inclusivity is presented through ‘texts-in-use’ within a primary school context to promote critical awareness of heterosexism.  Dr Lisa van Leent hopes to explore how texts define the social co-ordination of heterosexism through identifying the connections between professional practice, policy, and the everyday lives of teachers, school administrators and staff.

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Lisa specialises in teaching in the following areas:

  • English curriculum
  • literacy
  • sociology of education.

Dr van Leent has been awarded a Teaching and Learning Award: Teaching Excellence (Early Career Award) from the Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and the Assistant Dean Teaching & Learning, Faculty of Education in 2014.
Lisa is committed to providing real world learning experiences for pre-service teachers at QUT with coordinated visits to local schools. The real world experiences directly relate to the learning and teaching on campus and through blended learning opportunities.
Lisa is currently an associate supervisor for five higher degree research students including topics on literacies pedagogy, English curriculum and Queer leadership.

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Dr Lisa van Leent enjoys working with schools to improve the teaching and learning for students and staff. Her passion is in supporting teachers with effective tools and strategies within a whole school environment.

Lisa is engaged with key stakeholders such as community groups, the Department of Education, and schools to support equitable teaching and learning for diverse genders and sexualities.

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For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


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