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Dr. Teresa O'Doherty

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Dr. Teresa O’Doherty was appointed President of the Institute following Prof. Anne O’Gara’s retirement in May 2018. A teacher educator and scholar for more than twenty years, Dr. O’Doherty qualified as a primary teacher in 1984 (Mary Immaculate College Limerick). She completed her Master’s in Education at NUI Maynooth in 1989 and was awarded her PhD in Education from the University of Limerick in 1997. She taught initially in O’Hely and O’Rourke Girls’ National School, Kilmallock (1984-1991) before being appointed to An Mhodh Scoil, Bealach Uí Chonaill, Luimneach (1991-1997). 

Dr. O’Doherty held a permanent lectureship in Education at the University of Limerick from 1997-2003 and was appointed Senior Lecturer at Mary Immaculate College Limerick in 2003. She became Principal Lecturer and Head of the Faculty of Education there in 2005, a position she held until her appointment to MIE.

Dr. O’Doherty is a member of a wide range of academic, professional and administrative committees at a regional and national level.  She was also appointed by the Cabinet as a member of the State Examinations Commission (2015-2019).  She is a member of the Board of the Centre for Cross Border Studies (2018-) and is on the steering committee of SCoTENS (the Standing Conference of Teacher Educators North and South). Dr. O’Doherty is the incoming President of the Education Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) in 2020.   She also held External Examiner appointments in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Ireland.  

Dr. O’Doherty’s research interests are in the area of teacher education and the history of education. Her recent publications include:




O’Donoghue, T. and O’Doherty, T. (2019) Irish Speakers and Schooling in the Gaeltacht, 1900 to the Present.  Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.


Farren, S., Clarke, L. and O’Doherty, T (2019) Teacher Preparation in Northern Ireland: History, Policy and Future Directions. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.


O’Donoghue, T., Harford, J, and O’Doherty, T. (2017) Teacher Education in Ireland: History, Policy and Future Directions.  Bingley: Emerald Publishing.


Teacher Education Group (2016) Teacher Education in times of change. Bristol University: Policy Press.



Book Chapters


O’Doherty, T. (2019) ‘Reconstructing Teacher Preparation in Ireland and the Foundation Disciplines of Education’.  In O’Donoghue, T. and Clarke, S. (Eds), New Directions in Research on Education Reconstruction in Challenging Circumstances. Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada: Theory and History of Education (THE) Monograph Series.


O’Doherty, T. and Harford, J. (2017) ‘Building Partnerships in Irish Teacher Education – A Case Study’. In M. Peters, B. Cowie, I. Menter (Eds), A Companion to Research in Teacher Education. Springer Netherlands.


O’Doherty, T. (2016) ‘Teacher Education in the Republic of Ireland: A challenging and changing landscape’. In Teacher Education Group.  Teacher Education in times of change. Bristol University: Policy Press, pp. 125-141.


Education Research and Perspectives (2018) Vol. 45. O’Doherty, T. ‘Education for all’. www.erpjournal.net.



Peer Reviewed Journals


Madalińska-Michalak, J., O’Doherty, T. and Assunção Flores, M.  (2018) Teachers and teacher education in uncertain times, European Journal of Teacher Education, 41:5, 567-571, DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2018.1532024


O’Doherty, T. and Harford, J. (2018) Teacher recruitment: reflections from Ireland on the current crisis in teacher supply. European Journal of Teacher Education, 41(5):654-669.


Harford, J. and O' Doherty, T. (2016) 'The Discourse of Partnership and the Reality of Reform: Interrogating the Recent Reform Agenda at Initial Teacher Education and Induction Levels in Ireland'. Centre for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 6:3, 37-58.


O’Doherty, T. (2014) Defining Moments in Policy Development, Direction, and Implementation in Irish Initial Teacher Education Policy. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 4: 4, 29-49.



Paper Presentations

O’Donoghue, T. and O’Doherty, T. (2019) ‘You don’t want to be a Gaelic dafty in this town’: memories of first-language speakers of Irish on their schooling in Irish-speaking districts, 1922-1965’. UK History of Education Annual Conference, UCL, London, 7-9 November.


O’Doherty, T. (2019) Teacher preparation in Ireland – the ‘universitisation’ and the geography of the initial teacher education. International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Porto, 16-20 July.


Clarke, L., Campbell, M., Cowan, P., Galvin, C., O’Doherty, T., and Purdy, N. (2019) ‘The value of a Cross-Border professional learning network in Ireland - from the Good Friday Agreement to Brexit: Looking backward to look forward’ at the Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference, Sligo. 13 April.


O’Doherty, T. (2019) Invited keynote presentation, ‘Given the growing cultural disengagement from faith based institutions, what should be the unique value of a vibrant Catholic education?’ at the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), conference on the Contemporary Issues Facing Catholic Schools (USA, England & Ireland) at the Notre Dame Global Gateway in London, 12-14 March. 


O’Doherty, T. (2018) Reform of second level education in Ireland in the 1960s: evolution or revolution? British Education Research Association, Northumbria University, Newcastle, 12 September.


O’Doherty, T. (2018) ‘European Perspectives on Quality in Teacher Education’.  Invited Keynote Address, Policy Dialogue on Teacher Education with Southern Mediterranean Countries, European Commission DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Brussels, 9 July.


O’Doherty, T., Harford, J. and O’Donoghue, T. (2018) ‘Recruiting and educating the best teachers: reflections from Ireland’. Minho University, Braga, Portugal, 17 May.


O’Doherty, T. and Hall, K. (2018) ‘SCoTENS as a learning organization; institutional and agency linkages to shape better understanding of principles and practice in teacher education’. American Education Research Association Conference, New York. 13-17 April.


O’Doherty, T. (2018) ‘Teacher Education as a Form of Higher Learning: The Irish Experience in Retrospect and Prospect, 1960-2005’. Dublin, Education Studies Association of Ireland, UCD, 6 April.


O’Doherty, T and Stephenson, J. (2018) European Methodological Framework for Facilitating Teachers’ Collaborative Learning (EFFeCT 2015- 2018): Presentation to the Working Party on Erasmus+ and student mobility, European Parliament, 21 February.