Rachel McNae PhD

Rachel is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Within this  school a wide range of papers are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Key areas of study this  school offers include educational leadership, research, social justice, school principalship, online learning communities, eEducation, ICT, pedagogy, national educational policy. Within the school Rachel leads the Educational Leadership Sector programme at the postgraduate level.  Prior to working at the University of Waikato, Rachel was a secondary school teacher.

Teaching and Learning Responsibilities at The University of Waikato

PhD and Doctoral Supervision

Rachel supervises a number of postgraduate students at the Masters, Ed D and PhD Level.  For questions about supervision, please feel free to make contact either with Rachel or the University of Waikato Postgraduate Studies Office.

Current projects being supervised:  
  • Women’s leadership in Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands secondary schools:  A case study
  • Women Leading in Silence in Papua New Guinea Higher Education    
  • Seen but not heard: women's experiences of educational leadership in Solomon Islands secondary schools
  • Coaching and mentoring in the Tertiary education context
  • Developing community partnerships to enhance youth leadership
  • Appreciating Youth Leadership in NZ Secondary Schools  
  • Appreciating learning: Students using their 'voice' in Appreciative Inquiry into learning how to learn
  • School leaders and relational theory
  • Children as decision-makers in our primary schools – process, purpose and participation   
  • The Outward Bound Experience
  • Leading through Ministry imposed school interventions

Educational Leadership and Community - PROF504

This paper critically examines the contextual and relational nature of educational leadership in community contexts. Understandings of leadership practice in community will be examined along with developmental strategies such as Appreciative Inquiry and Action Research. The paper will enhance the educational leader's ability to work with their community in terms of the development of individuals and the relationships that exist collectively.

Educational Leadership for Social Justice - PROF505

This paper critically examines theory and practice in New Zealand, the Pacific and elsewhere related to social justice in education and the implications for educational leadership.

Women and Educational Leadership - Special Topic

This paper develops a critical understanding of the theoretical and practical leadership issues faced by women working in all educational sectors.



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