Professor A.C. (Tina) Besley

A.C. (Tina) Besley
Centre for Global Studies in Education
Director

Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy
Professor

(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 6246
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t.besley@waikato.ac.nz
Qualifications
Doctor of PhilosophyUniversity of Auckland
Diploma of EducationMassey University
Masters of Education (Distinction)University of Canterbury
Bachelor of ArtsUniversity of Canterbury
Certificate of CounsellingUniversity of Canterbury
Diploma of TeachingChristchurch Teachers' College

Background

Professor Besley returned to NZ in late 2011 after 11 years in universities in the United Kingdom and United States. From 2000-2006, she was Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

She spent six years in the USA, which included two years as a full tenured Professor at the Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling (College of Education, California State University San Bernardino) teaching masters students in the Counseling program.

Tina spent four years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where for the last three years she was a Research Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education. In this position she taught graduate programmes in Global Studies in Education and Critical Thinking. She also held a PhD seminar on Michel Foucault. She remains an Adjunct Professor at UIUC.

Prior to her career in academia Tina was a secondary school teacher, school counsellor and Head of Department (Guidance). She is MNZAC, a long-standing member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors having been involved on both the Auckland sub-commitee and the NZ membership committee.

Research

Tina has wide research interests including: the philosophy of education, school counselling, educational politics and policy, research assessment in higher education, subjectivity, youth studies, interculturalism and global knowledge economy and cultures. Her recent work now extends to e-learning, social networking and Global Studies in Education

Memberships 

  • Vice-President & Executive member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA);
  • member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)  and;
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, UK (FRSA)
  • member of other professional associations: AARE, AERA, NZARE, PESGB

Organiser of the following Conferences 2012-14 (see web links for details)

The Creative University

Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy

Children in Crisis: A National Hui

Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)

Publications

To view Tina's major publications go to:

Recent Books Published

Peters, M.A. & Besley, T. (Eds.) (2014) Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy. New York, Peter Lang. (forthcoming)

Besley, Tina (A.C.) & Peters, M.A. (Eds) (2013) Re-imagining the Creative University for the 21st Century. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Peters, M.A. & Besley, T.  (Eds) (2013) The Creative University. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.

Peters, M.A, Besley, T, Araya, D. (2013) (Eds.) The New Paradigm of Development: Education, Knowledge Economy and Digital Futures.  New York: Peter Lang.

Besley, A.C. & Peters, M.A. (Eds) (2012) Interculturalism, Education And Dialogue. New York: Peter Lang. 
 

Journals, Editor and Editorial Boards

Co-Editor of E-Learning and Digital Media
Associate Editor, Educational Policy and Theory (EPAT)

International Advisory Boards:

British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies
Policy Futures in Education
New Zealand Journal of Counselling
Journal of Educational Enquiry

Book Series (Editor/ Co-editor)

Global Studies in Education: New York, Peter Lang Publishers.
The Sense Starter Series: Key Critical Thinkers in Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Counseling and Student Cultures: New Perspectives, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Critical Education Policy & Politics, Rowman and Littlefield.

Recent Book Chapters

Besley, A.C. (Tina) (2014) ‘What ishappening now?’ Foucault,  work and the culture of self,in A. Fejes & K Nicholl, Confession, Education and Lifelong Learning, Routledge.

Peters, M.A. & Besley, T. (2013) (Eds.) Introduction , in The New Paradigm of Development: Education, Knowledge Economy and Digital Futures.  New York: Peter Lang.

Besley, A.C. (Tina) & Peters, M.A. (2013) The Creative University: Creative Social Development And Academic Entrepreneurship, in Besley, Tina (A.C.) & Peters, M.A. (Eds) (2013) Re-imagining the Creative University for the 21st Century. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Besley, Tina (2013).Foucault – The culture of self, subjectivity and truth-telling practices, in B. Dillet, I. MacKenzie, & R. Porter (Eds) The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press: 227-248.

Besley, Tina (2012).Postscript: Education America - ‘Welcome to my nightmare’, in M. A. Peters, Obama, Education and the End of the American Dream. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Besley, Tina (2012).Narratives of Intercultural and International Education: Aspirational Values and Economic Imperatives, in T. Besley & M.A. Peters (eds) Interculturalism, Education And Dialogue. New York: Peter Lang.

Peters, M.A. & Besley, A. C. (Tina) (2012) Postmodernism, in J. Arthur & A. Peterson (Eds) The Routledge Companion to Education. London: Routledge. pp. 28-36.

Peters, M.A. & Besley, T. (2011) The narrative turn and the poetics of resistance: Towards a new language for critical educational studies, in The Last Book of Postmodernism. 155-171. New York: Peter Lang.

Recent Journal Articles

Besley, A.C. (Tina) (2014) 'Finding Foucault': Orders of Discourse and Cultures of Self. Educational Philosophy and Theory: pp. 1-17.

Besley, T. (2013) Philosophy, education and the corruption of youth-from Socrates to Islamic extremists, Educational Philosophy and Theory. 45(1): 6-19.

Besley, T. (2013) Education America—’Welcome to My Nightmare,’ Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 35(3).

Besley, A.C. (Tina). (2012) Introduction.Why Read Giroux? Symposium FestschriftHenry Giroux on Youth Cultural Studies and Critical Pedagogy,Guest Editor: Tina (A.C.) Besley Policy Futures in Education, 10 (6): 596-600.

Besley, A.C. (Tina). (2012) Becoming an Academic: Writing the self via Foucault. ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies Vol. 31 (1)

Besley, A.C. (Tina). (2011) Narratives of Intercultural and International Education: Aspirational Values and Economic Imperatives, Geopolitics, History, and International Relations, 3(2):9-33.

Honours

2007 Collaborating Through Team Teaching Grant  (CSUSB University-wide award)
2007 Outstanding Faculty Professional Growth Award (CSUSB, College of Education)
2009 American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics Choice Book Award: Besley, A.C. & Peters, M. A. (2007). Subjectivity and Truth: Foucault, Education and the Culture of Self. New York: Peter Lang.

2009 Faculty Fellow (Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
2010 ongoing Adjunct Professor (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
2010 Adjunct Professor (Guangzhou University, PRC)
2010 Co-director established with Jiang Xiaoping and Michael A. Peters (Research Centre for Intercultural Dialogue and Education at Guangzhou University)

Visiting Professorships (Masters Courses)

2008 University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece
2006 Universidad Santiago de Cali, Columbia
2006 University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
2005 University of Prince Edward Island, Canada