A/PROF Wesley Imms

A/PROF Wesley Imms


  • Boys education
  • Design and evaluation of learning environments
  • Spatial pedagogies



  • Dr Wesley Imms is a skilled educator with teaching awards spanning his primary, secondary and tertiary teaching career. He holds education degrees granted in Australia and Canada, including a research MA and a PhD in Curriculum Studies from the University of British Columbia. Dr Imms is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, is that Schools Head of Visual Art and Design Education, and its Research Domain Coordinator for Curriculum and Teaching. In addition, Dr Imms provides research leadership through his secondment to the Lesrning Environments Applied Research Network, an industry and academic collaboration founded by the universities faculties of Education, Architecture and Medicine. LEaRN is an international leader in applied research aimed at improving the design and use of learning environments across all educational sectors. In that centre, Dr Imms is Lead Chief Investigator on two cutrrent Australian Research Council Linkage Projects, involving eighteen industry partners from the USA, Sweden, most Australian States, and New Zealand. In his graduate school teaching Dr Imms has developed over seventeen coursework subjects at the bachelor, Master of Teaching and Master of Education level. Current teaching activities include coordinating seven subjects spanning curriculum and studio practice, innovative learning spaces, and Masters-level learning spaces capstone and teacher/practitioner subjects. He currently supervises more than sixteen Doctoral, Master of Education/Philosophy and Master of Teaching honours theses. Doctoral students include interstate and overseas residents. Dr Imms has a developing research profile, with in excess of $11m in solo and collaborative external grant earnings since 2000, over forty peer-reviewed publications, many invited national and overseas lectures, and major reports completed for state and national governments. Past research projects include a $220K ALTC grant in collaboration with RMIT in   


Member of

  • Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). z 2013 - 2014
  • International Association for Education in the Arts (InSEA). General 2008 - 2013
  • Art Education Australia. National Vice President, Member of the Executive 2000 - 2013
  • Australian Association for Research in Education. General 2007 - 2009


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of British Columbia 2003
  • MA, University of British Columbia 1997
  • BEd, SA College of Advanced Education 1986

Awards and honors

  • MGSE Research Partnership Excellence Award, University of Melbourne, 2017
  • MGSE Research Leadership Excellence Award, University of Melbourne, 2015
  • Faculty of Education teaching Award (co-recipient), University of Melbourne, 2005
  • University Graduate Fellowship (Full), University of British Columbia, 2000
  • Curriculum Studies Graduate Teaching Award, University of British Columbia, 1999
  • University Graduate Fellowship (Partial), University of British Columbia, 1998
  • Curriculum Studies Ron MacGregor Teaching and Research prize, University of British Columbia, 1998



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Imms supervises students at all post-graduate levels in topics that encompass curriculum theory, arts education, learning spaces and school design, teacher education, the artistic practices of teachers, and interdisciplinary curriculum. A selection of current and completed Doctoral, Masters and Research Honours theses supervised by Dr Imms are as follows: DOCTORAL SUPERVISION: * Synergy between ICT, learning environments and teaching practice. * Methods and strategies utilised in practice-based arts research. * The evaluation of educational school programs in Australian public art museums: A study of principles and practice. * How do secondary students most at risk complete secondary schooling in a community school. * ESL engagement: Using Visual Art to assist students from non-English speaking backgrounds to access formal education. * Artistic practice and teaching: How does practice inform pedagogy? * Power, position or popularity? Student perceptions of leadership in an Independent boys school. * Professional experience of newly graduated music education teachers. MASTER OF EDUCATION (RESEARCH): * The capacity of learning environments to change teaching practice: A study of new generation learning spaces. * Inclusive buildings: Learning spaces that facilitate communication and engagement for all. * Understanding the views and perceptions of male students. * Factors affecting student choice of environmental science and outdoor and environmental studies as senior secondary school subjects in Victoria. * Unlocking the potential power of Visual Art to inspire creative pedagogies across the primary school curriculum. * Implementing critical inquiry in arts responding classes: Studies of teaching strategies whilst studying contemporary artworks. * The role and phenomenological experience of Media Education in developing Visual Literacy and hermeneutical analysis. * The poetry of children's imagery of nature: One teacher's vision o