Associate Professor Emily Nelson

Programme Coordinator, Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)


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Areas of Teaching

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)


PhD, MEd (First Class Hons), BA, DipTchg


Dr Emily Nelson is an Associate Professor in Education at EIT | Te Pūkenga and Programme Coordinator for the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) degree. She is internationally recognised as a researcher and educator. Emily is the Academic Leader of the EIT | Te Pūkenga Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) degree, an innovative practice-based initial teacher education programme delivered in partnership with local Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne primary schools. Emily also teaches on the EIT | Te Pūkenga inter-disciplinary Master of Professional Practice, fostering critical reflection through a mātauranga Māori framework with post-graduate students who work in professions where their primary focus is helping others. Emily has worked as an educator, consultant and researcher across primary, middle schooling and tertiary contexts within Aotearoa New Zealand. Emily is the current Chair of the combined schools research committee for Education and Social Sciences, Centre for Veterinary Nursing and Te Ūranga Waka. She is a principal academic staff member at EIT | Te Pūkenga and contributes to a number of institutional committees such as Strategic Research Committee and Academic Committee. She served on the institution’s Human Ethics committee for nine years. Nationally, Emily currently serves as an executive member of TEFANZ (Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand) and in 2022 received the TEFANZ Emerging Leadership in Teacher Education Award.

Emily’s current research interests include: the implications for preservice teacher education of innovative learning environments, intersections between wellbeing and schooling in the middle years, school-tertiary partnerships within practice-based teacher education, student voice and power and learning in nature. Her 2014 doctoral thesis explored student voice and power within student-teacher pedagogical and curriculum design. More recently, she gravitates towards post-human and new materialist theorising and research designs and specialises in visual research methods. Emily has examined doctoral and masters theses for a number of New Zealand universities. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Student Voice and is on the Editorial Board of Middle Grades Review Journal. Emily has been recognised for her research, receiving the EIT Research Excellence Award in 2016 and promotion to Associate Professor in 2022. Emily publishes in national and international peer-reviewed academic journals and regularly presents at local, national and international conferences.

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