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Dr. Geraldine Mooney Simmie

PhD, M.Sc. B.Sc., H.DE


Dr. Geraldine Mooney Simmie is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Education at the University of Limerick where she lectures in Policy Studies to doctoral students. Geraldine's research interest is in Teacher Professional Learning across the continuum of teacher education from the standpoint of teaching as a complex intellectual, relational and political practice for existential freedom and emancipatory possibility.

Geraldine examines public policies and practices in Teacher Learning using a critique drawn from critical, feminist and post-colonial perspectives. Her research theorizes Teacher Learning as a communal activity with teachers and other policy actors, for example, Teacher Design Teams, school-university partnerships in Productive Mentoring and Induction, Researcher-in-Residence in school placement and Deliberative Boundary-Crossing Partnerships for Good Teaching, the primacy of ethics for an Invisible Pedagogy and an expansive worldview of Teachers' Democratic Assignment.

This standpoint and research interest in meaning-making and critical interpretation is reflected in membership of the Paulo Freire Special Interest Group (SIG) in the American Educational Research Association. Her specialism is internationally and nationally recognised by peers, with a recent invitation for membership of an International Advisory Board of Educational Reviewer, Quartile 1 Web of Science journal. Geraldine contributes to special editions of ISI papers, acts as reviewer and gives invited keynote lectures.

Geraldine is involved in a number of international project collaborations on Education and Democracy, including honorary membership of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project at Chapman University, California, USA and Guest Professor at the University of Gävle in Sweden where she is a member of the STORY project.

Geraldine's research specialism is reflected in publications in top ISI journals, such as, Journal of Education Policy; Studies in Philosophy and Education, Critical Studies in Education; Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. It is reflected in PhD studies and M.Ed. studies supervised to completion and in research grants awarded from the European Commission, British Educational Research Association, Department of Education & Skills, the National Forum for Teaching and Learning and NISE. As an academic and activist for social justice it is reflected in media work in Irish radio and television in relation to public policy analysis.

EU project grants are as follows:EUDIST 2002-2005 106278-CP-1-2002-1-DE-COMENIUS-C21
European Development of Innovative Science Teaching
GIMMS 2006-2009 128749- CP - 1 2006 - 1 - IE- Comenius-C21
Gender, Innovation and Mentoring in Mathematics and Science (GIMMS) Euro 240,000
CROSSNET 2006-2009 129358-CP-1-1-COMENIUS-C21
Crossing Boundaries in Science Education (CROSSNET)
DLIS 2008-2010 Cirrius: Leonardo da Vinci Datalogging in Science Education 2008-0009 Project Number LLP-LdV-ToI/2008/803

Teaching Interests

In the School of Education, University of Limerick I have made a significant contribution to excellence in teaching and scholarship at the University of Limerick. I have leadership (Module Leader) of a number of modules, including EN7013 Policy Studies, a core policy module in the structured PhD in Education.

Professional Activities


  • 2015 Coarse Board Structured PhD in Education,
    I have now taken on the role of Course Director of the Structured PhD in Education, starting in January 2015. This will involve ensuring the progression of sPhD students, the new applications, organising the taught modules, liaison with the external examiner, post-graduate office and student academic administration. I have responsibility for assuring academic regualtions are adhered to and that module grades are inputted. I will work with the Course Board, the supervisors and the ADR to ensure the overall success of the programme.
  • 2012 Teaching Council Working Group on School Placement,
    I was a member of the working group with responsibility for drawing up national policy guidelines in relation to school placement, Teaching Council Guidelines for School Placement 2013. I served as an elected representative of the post-primary higher education institutes (HEIs), of which there were 19 HEIs at the time.
  • 2006 Course Board for Master's in Educational Mentoring,
    I have acted as Course Director for the Master's in Educational Mentoring  at the Department of Education and Professional Studies from 2006 to date. In that time we have submitted 46 master's studies, 145 Graduate Diploma studies, 145 Graduate Certificate studies. These studies have been completed by teachers, school principals and tutors from primary, secondary and higher education. The pathway of accreditation has been funded and supported in a variety of ways by the Department of Education and Skills, through a start-up grant in the early years and nowadays through the Fee Refund Scheme.
  • 2004 Academic Coordination of Teaching Practice and Mentoring, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
    I served as Academic Coordinator of Teaching Practice and Mentoring, Department of Education and Professional Studies, University of Limerick from 2004 to 2014. This involved monthly management meetings with my Head of Department and Co-Operative Education, monthly meetings with Course Directors for all Initial Teacher Education programmes on campus, continuing professional development and induction of all tutors, providing information to all UL students (over 850 students per year), liaison with 740 post-primary placement schools in the Republic of Ireland, ensuring validity and reliability of the grading of school placement, liaison with external examiners and ensuring that the school placement at the University of Limerick meets the requirments of the Teaching Council.


  • 2012 - Member of Editorial Advisory Board
  • 2006 - Coordinator


  • 2009 Trinity College Dublin - PhD
  • 1981 NUI Galway - M Sc
  • 1979 NUI Galway - Higher Diploma in Education
  • 1978 NUI Galway - Bachelor of Science