Biographical Notes

Dr Mary Kalantzis

Dr Mary Kalantzis is a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. From 2006 to 2016, she was Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois. Before then, she was Dean of the Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. She has been a Board Member of Teaching Australia: The National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership, a Commissioner of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Chair of the Queensland Ethnic Affairs Ministerial Advisory Committee, Vice President of the National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia and a member of the Australia Council’s Community Cultural Development Board. With Bill Cope, she is co-author or editor of a number of books, including: New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education, Cambridge University Press, 2008 (2nd edition, 2012, also in Spanish and Greek editions, Chinese in press); Literacies, Cambridge University Press, 2012 (2nd edition, 2016, also in Greek and Spanish Editions, Portuguese in press); A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies, Palgrave, London, 2015; and the two volume grammar of multimodal meaning: Making Sense and Adding Sense, Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Dr Bill Cope

Dr Bill Cope is a Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and an Adjunct Professor at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He is also a director of Common Ground Research Networks, a not-for-profit publisher and developer of "social knowledge" technologies. He is a former First Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. His research interests include theories and practices of pedagogy, cultural and linguistic diversity, and new technologies of representation and communication. His recent research has focused on the development of digital writing and assessment technologies, with the support of a number of major grants from the US Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The result has been the CGScholar multimodal writing and assessment environment. Among his publications are edited volumes on The Future of the Academic Journal and e-Learning Ecologies, and a book co-authored with Kalantzis and Magee, Towards a Semantic Web: Connecting Knowledge in Academic Research.