Dr Kathryn Meldrum

Pic of Dr Kathryn Meldrum, educational designer.

Project Manager, Teaching Quality

B App Sci (FIT), Grad Dip Secondary E (VU), Grad Cert Higher Ed (DU), PhD (VU)


Cairns Library Building B1, Room 012 (B1.012)


+61 7 423 21352




Dr Kathryn Meldrum has worked in a variety of university contexts, primarily as an academic for 14 years. While her most recent academic experience is in education, she has also worked in exercise science. She was course coordinator of the Bachelor of Physical Education at Deakin University (2006 – 2011) and had responsibility for course redesign and professional accreditation.

As the Project Manager of Teaching Quality, Dr Kathryn Meldrum leads strategic and operational management of identified activities and programs in Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement. This position supports and enables the University’s strategic directions for learning teaching, student engagement and equity across the University, with a particular focus on the Cairns campus. 

Kathryn works closely with the Dean, Managers and Academic Developers within the Directorate to provide leadership of the Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice), strategic projects with international partners including Papua New Guinea University and supports the operational leadership of the Cairns Campus for all professional learning activities.

Kathryn promotes active engagement with all services provided within the directorate; supporting the continuous improvement through comprehensive benchmarking, scholarly evaluation and developing and implementing policies.

Research interests

  • Scholarship of Teaching

    • The role of mentoring in supporting pre-service competence and competence.

    • The use of PebblePad to engage pre-service teachers with professional standards.

  • Meditation and student wellbeing

    • Investigating the impact of meditation practice on student wellbeing in primary schools.

  • Indigenous games

    • Linking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge through Indigenous games.

Selected publications

Meldrum, K., and Dinan Thompson, M (2012) Perspectives of Sporting Opportunities for Remote Indigenous Cape York Communities. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal. 36 (2), 24 – 27.

Meldrum, K. (2011) Preparing pre-service physical education teachers for uncertain future(s): a scenario-based learning case study from Australia. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. 16 (2), 133-144

Meldrum, K., and Peters, J. (2012). Learning to Teach Health and Physical Education: The Student, the Teacher and the Curriculum. Pearson Education, Australia.

Meldrum, K. (2011) Measuring anaerobic performance in children using accumulated oxygen deficit. Lambert Publishing.

Research grants and consultancies Project

Research Assistant - The Cairns Institute, JCU
ACT for KIDS SafeKIDS Program Evaluation (November 2013 – January 2014)

Project Research Assistant –Education JCU
Contemporary Assessment – graduate relevance and employability (August – December 2013)

Rocco, S. Meldrum, K., Morris, K. & Tsey, K. Promotion of Wellbeing in Schools – Meditation Effects of Wellbeing in Schools (MEWS). James Cook University ($3,360 received August 2012)

Jackson, C., Meldrum, K., Stevenson, B. & Tomas, L. Student engagement and achievement in environmental challenge projects. James Cook University ($3,320 received, August 2012)

Dinan-Thompson, M., Meldrum, K., Jackson, C. Wilson, E. Halbert, K. & Lenoy, M. Contemporary Assessment – graduate relevance and employability, Teaching and Learning Development Grant, James Cook University ($10,315 received January 2012)

Turnour, J. Meldrum, K & Munro, K. (The Cairns Institute), Innisfail Parent and Community Engagement Project (PaCE) DEEWAR auspiced by MaMu Aboriginal Corporation ($97,000 received December 2011)