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Associate Dean Research & Graduate Affairs

Associate Dean Research & Internationalization

Dr. Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka’uta


BA, MA, PhD S.Pac

Current Position

  • Associate Dean Research & Internationalization
  • Head of Secondary Education, School of Education

Learning and Teaching Interests

  • Curriculum Development and Design
  • Education in Small Island Developing States
  • Multicultural Education/Education for Social Diversity & Justice
  • Education for Sustainable Development/Sustainability
  • Art, Culture and Education for Sustainable Development

Professional Practice

  • 7 years of secondary teaching
  • 16 years of Higher education experience
  • 5 years policy work in education, art and culture in Fiji and the Pacific

Research Interests & Professional Practice

Education for Sustainability, Pacific research methodologies, Pacific pedagogies, Citizenship Education, the student learning experience, Art as a social learning tool, Pacific Research and Evaluation, and transformational leadership.

Community Engagement


  • Incoming Chair: Pacific Circle Consortium of Educators, and member of Executive Committee
  • Australian Catholic University, Society and Culture Research Advisory Committee member


  • Vaka Pasifiki Rethinking Pacific Education Advisory Committee (RPEIPP), SOE-representative, 2011 to-date.
  • Leadership Pacific Leadership cluster, mentored by Assoc. Prof. Kabini Sanga, A Rethinking Pacific Education Initiative
  • Pacific Association of Teacher Educators (PATE)


  • Health Promoting Schools Advisory Committee, Ministry of Education, Fiji and WHO
  • National Cultural Advisor, Department of National Heritage, Culture and the Arts, Fiji


  • Adjunct Academic Staff member, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, USP
  • PACE-SD Climate Change Research Advisory Committee, Pacific Centre for the Environment and Sustainable Development, USP

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