Anne Graham
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Anne is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the MA in Management in Education at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, SETU, Waterford. Ireland.  Anne’s 30+ years’ experience of national and international management and programme development is combined with her experience in cross-disciplinary teaching, research, and collaborations in Higher Education. She also has substantial experience and knowledge of national and international student supervision to Masters and PhD level.

Her teaching and qualitative research interests lie in professional role identity, professional learning and development, multi-disciplinary scholarly partnerships and research collaborations (SPaRC). She is currently exploring the links between useable knowledge and faculty development that support educational, business and organisational success. Anne was an invited member of the Expert Working Group on Education & Social Rights, for the Government of Ireland National Campaign ‘Creating Our Future: A National Conversation on Research in Ireland’. Her research has been funded by national and international bodies, and she has substantial publications in edited volumes and peer reviewed journals. She was the recipient of the 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar Award in Social Sciences and travelled to the US to conduct research on Enhancing Teaching-Learning Environments (TLEs) in Professional Development Programs in Education’. While in the US, Anne was the recipient of the 2014 Fulbright Scholar Social Entrepreneurship: Innovating Non-profits and Developing Communities International Award.

 Anne has held management and executive education positions including visiting research Fellowships and international appointments in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Henley Management College, and the University of Reading, United Kingdom; University of Georgia and DUKE, USA; and the Open University in the UK and Europe. She is a Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Fellow, CIPD Fellow, Researcher in Residence with the Teaching Council, and Past President of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association. Anne has 25+ years teaching and training experience, and extensive national and international experience in Organisation Development and Change (HR/OD) roles.

She has extensive experience of teaching, research, programme development and leading teams that meet the needs of the TU framework of a greater demand for high quality teaching-learning environments, innovative programme development, and research active staff to engage in collaborative research, postgraduate studies and knowledge transformation. Anne brings over 30 years prior knowledge and previous experience of people and organisations in higher education, in addition to experience and knowledge from earlier careers in financial services and international consulting that were instrumental in the success she has brought to the School of Education with respect to PG programme development and doctoral research students.

Anne serves SETU as a member of Academic Council, the SETU Research Committee, the SETU Commercialisation Committee, the Research Ethics Committee (Waterford), and the SETU (Waterford) Appeals Committee. She sits on the Humanities/School of Education & Lifelong Learning Joint Research Committee, and her School’s Ethics and Research Boards. She has previously served SETU (WIT) on the HRS4R Committee (nominated member 2015-2019), the SETU (WIT) Working Group on Research Integrity (sub-group of the HRS4R Committee), and the SETU (WIT) Working Group on the Structured Research PhD Programmes (sub-Committee of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee). 

The transformative learning space conceptual framework to emerge from her doctoral research (Coughlan & Graham Cagney, 2009; Graham Cagney, 2011, Coghlan & Graham Cagney, 2013) was further developed through subsequent application in TCD’s Innovation Academy (Graham Cagney, Coughlan, Andrews, 2012) and the R&D environment of TSSG (Graham Cagney & Quinn, 2012). Ways of thinking and practising (WTPs) across disciplines in higher education research contexts led to the exploration of ‘extended doctorateness’ and the challenges for faculty to work in multidisciplinary research and programme development projects (Fulbright Study, 2014).  Exploring the impact of Fulbright Scholar Awards on faculty engagement in scholarly partnerships and research collaborations (IRC ‘New Foundations’ 2015) led naturally to findings that indicated an evolving identity caused by personal, professional and situational contexts for individuals (Graham Cagney, 2020; Graham Cagney et al 2017, Cordie, Graham Cagney & Adelino, 2020; Graham Cagney & Cordie, 2023). This research track record is the foundation for her current funded PhD students’ research and her programme development successes. School of Education and Lifelong Learning celebrates PhD students’ success - SETU

Outside her academic career, Anne has led senior teams in the public, private and NFP sector; and she has facilitated other top management teams in Ireland, the UK, Europe and North America in achieving significant organisation change and development. Specific areas of expertise: Transformative Learning Identity Self-States and Professional Role Engagement; and Qualitative Research Methodologies.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Finding the Red Thread: Toward a Theory of Transformative Learning in Executive Education, Trinity College Dublin

Award Date: 11 Nov 2011

Postgraduate Diploma, E-Facilitation/Blended learning, University of Reading

Award Date: 18 Jun 2004

Postgraduate Diploma, Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, National College of Ireland

Award Date: 15 Nov 2001

Bachelors Degree, Cognitive Psychology

Award Date: 26 Nov 1994

Masters Degree, Industrial Relations & Strategic HRD, Keele University

Award Date: 15 Oct 1993

Bachelors Degree, Industrial Relations & Law, National College of Ireland

Award Date: 16 Sep 1989

Bachelors Degree, Early Childhood Development & the Montessori Method, St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland

Award Date: 17 Jun 1987

National Diploma, Industrial Relations Studies, National College of Ireland

Award Date: 21 Nov 1985

National Diploma, Legal, Administrative and Policy in Financial Services Industry, The Institute of Bankers in Ireland

Award Date: 20 Oct 1980

External positions

Researcher in Residence, The Teaching Council

Jan 2022 → …

Past President, Irish Fulbright Alumni Association

Jun 2021Jun 2023

Vice President, Irish Fulbright Alumni Association

Jun 2019Jun 2021

Hon Membership Secretary, Irish Fulbright Alumni Association

Jun 2017Jun 2019


  • BF Psychology
  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • L Education (General)
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education


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