Professor Tina A.C. Besley

Tina Besley

Professor, Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy; Associate Dean International (Education)

Qualifications: PhD; M.Ed (Distinction); B.A.; Dip Ed; Dip Teaching; Counselling Certif

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About Tina

I was appointed Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Education in 2017.  Until end of 2017, I was Director, Centre for Global Studies in Education, which I established in 2012.

Having been a NZ secondary school teacher for 16 years (Head of Guidance, Counsellor), I began my academic career as Research Fellow at University of Glasgow, UK in late 2000, then I moved to University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA. I have been a Full Professor since appointment in 2006 at California State University, San Bernardino. In 2008 I returned to University of Illinois Urbana Champaign as Research Professor before appointment at Waikato in  August 2011. I work closely with Prof. Michael A. Peters and with a wide international network of scholars.

Research Expertise

  • Philosophy of Education – especially the  later work of Michel Foucault, applied to education - subjectivity, free speech, governmentality
  • Interculturalism & Global Studies in Education – policy, identities and cultures, academic entrepreneurship in the creative economy, the global knowledge economy
  • Education Policy - financialisation, internationalisation
  • Youth Studies – globalised identities and  digital media cultures
  • Counselling – school counselling and narrative therapy

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Global studies
  • Social and political issues in education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • 2017 -19 Visiting Distinguished Professor, Zhengzhou Universiity, China
  • 2011- ongoing Adjunct Professor, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA
  • 2010   Adjunct Professor, Guangzhou University, China

Academic and Professional Leadership  Roles

  • President,  Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)
  • President, Association for Visual Pedagogies (AVP)
  • Associate Editor: Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2010 - present;  E-Learning and Digital Media: Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy; Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory.
  • International Advisory Board, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
  • Editorial Boards: ACCESS – Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies; Policy Futures in Education; Review of Contemporary Philosophy; New Zealand Journal of Counselling; Knowledge Cultures
  • Book Series Co-editor:Global Studies in Education (New York, Peter Lang Publishers); Key Critical Thinkers in Education (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers); Critical Education Policy and Politics (Rowman & Littlefield); Counselling and Student Cultures: New Perspectives (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers)
  • Executive Committee, Philosophy of Education  Society of Australasia, 2010 – present
  • Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC) since 1990
  • Organiser of 4 conferences (Creative University; Freire: The Global Legacy; Children in  Crisis, all for the Centre for Global  Studies in Education; PESA 2014) .


  • 2014   Fellow Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (FPESA)
  • Fellow Royal Society of Arts (UK) (FRSA)
  • American Educational Studies Association       Critics Choice Book Award, 2009: Besley, A.C. & Peters, M. A. (2007). Subjectivity and Truth: Foucault,       Education and the Culture of Self. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Faculty Fellows Award, Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 - present
  • California State University San Bernardino,  Collaborating through Team Teaching Grant Award, 2007
  • California State University San Bernardino, College of Education, Outstanding Faculty Professional Growth Award, 2007

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

PhD Chief Supervisor:

  • S.K. Arndt (2017) Teacher otherness in early childhood education: Rethinking uncertainty and difference through a Kristevan lens.
  • “It’s all sorted now isn’t it?”: Gender discourses in the New Zealand Early Education Sector
  • An evaluation in quality management of transnational undergraduate programs in Vietnam
  • Assessing the Institutional Functioning and Academic Quality of Sub-Campuses of the Universities of the Punjab
  • Cultural efficacy and Pasifika students
  • Intercultural skills for young people in digital media culture: Implication of Korean Wave in globalised world.


  • An analysis of community colleges within Malaysian higher education: Goals, contributions and challenges.
  • The Metaphysics of Quality: an enquiry into in Higher Education in New Zealand

Research Interests

Philosophy of Education; Education Policy &  Politics; Education Research; Globalisation; Interculturalism, Morals and Ethics; Subjectivity; Sociology and Education; Social Justice; Youth; Counselling


Counselling; Education; Education Policy; Education Politics; Education Research; Globalisation; Learning Environment; Morals and Ethics; Philosophy; Social Sciences and Education; Sociology and Education; Youth