Professor Roslyn Arnold

BA(Sydney), MA(Sydney), MEd(with Merit)(Sydney), PhD(Sydney)

Honorary Professor


Phone: +61 2  9351

Fax: +61 2  9351

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Professional biography

Roslyn Arnold was an academic in the Faculty of Education and Social Work from 1974 until 2004. She became an Associate Professor and held various leadership positions including Program Director Higher Degrees,  Head of the then School of Teaching and Curriculum Studies and Pro-Dean (University Relations). She was a staff-elected member of Senate and Deputy Chair of the Academic Board.  She was a member of numerous Promotions Committees and Selection Committees across Faculties in the University.  She was the recipient of a University of Sydney Teaching Excellence Award.

She has been Dean of Education, Head of School and Professor of Education at the University of Tasmania and Professor of Strategic Partnerships. She was a Visiting Professor in the English Department of Michigan State University in the 1990s.

Her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Arts and Education were all completed at the University of Sydney, including her Ph.D involving a longitudinal study of school students' writing development under the supervision of Professor Don Spearritt.  She has an MBA (Higher Education Management) from the University of London. She is a regular commentator on ABC Radio and provides background briefings on education matters to the media.

Currently Roslyn Arnold is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and works as an education consultant in schools, universities and corporations.  She mentors/coaches senior executives in universities and schools, particularly Heads/Principals and advises on the appointment of Heads and senior executives, advises on literacy, particularly writing and thinking development, governance in boards, strategic developments, empathic intelligence, teacher professional development and appraisal. She has been Chair and held a number of positions on governing boards in the education sector.

She is currently encouraging the teachers with whom she works in a consulting capacity  to undertake postgraduate work in the Faculty. She continues to supervise higher degree candidates and the most recent student in the Faculty for whom she was an associate supervisor, graduated with her Ph.D this year.


  • 1995 The University of Sydney Teaching Excellence Award

  • 2000 - Honorary Life Membership, NSW English Teachers' Association, awarded for significant contribution to the profession

  • 2003~2008 Invited to be included in Who's Who in Australia and Who's Who of Women in Australia

Selected publications


  • Arnold, R. (2005). Empathic Intelligence: Teaching Learning Relating. University of New South Wales Press.
  • Arnold, R. (1997). Mirror the Wind. Sydney: St Clairs Press.
  • Arnold, R. (1991). Writing Development — Magic in the Brain. Open University Press.
  • Arnold, R. (Ed.). (1983). Timely Voices — English Teaching in the Eighties. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Book chapters

  • Arnold, R. (2012). For those who care to listen . In Lake, R. (Ed.), Dear Nel Letters: A Tribute to Nel Noddings Teachers College Press.
  • Arnold, R. (2011). Developing Wisdom: the possibilities of a transformative education. In Wright, D., Camden-Pratt C., Hill, S. (Ed.), Social Ecology: applying ecological understanding to our lives and our planet. Stroud UK: Hawthorn House.
  • Arnold, R. (2010). The teaching of writing/The teaching of empathy: Affective dimensions. In Wright, D. & Hill, S. (Ed.), Education and Transformation .
  • Arnold, R. (2010). The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning: Empathy. In McGaw, B. Peterson, P.& Baker, E. (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Education (3rd ed.,), Elsevier.
  • Arnold, R. (2005). Empathic Intelligence: The phenomenon of inter-subjective engagement. In Jeong-Bae Son and O’Neill, S. (Eds.), Enhancing Learning and Teaching: Pedagogy, Technology and Language (pp. 1–15), Queensland: Post Pressed.


  • Arnold, R. (1992). A Dynamic Approach to Fugard’s ‘Master Harold and the Boys’, in Modern Dramatists Series , Sydney, St Clair Press.
  • Arnold, R. and Toovey, C. . (1990). A Dynamic Approach to ‘Cosi’ and ‘Diving for Pearls’ in Modern Dramatists Series, Sydney, St. Clair Press.
  • Arnold, R. (1983). A Critical Introduction to Summer Locke Elliott — Rusty Bugles — Studies in Australian Drama (4), Sydney, Currency Press, pp. 1–16.