Catherine Chua S.K

Catherine Siew Kheng CHUA, PhD


Director, Teaching Across Borders Program

Werklund School of Education, Undergraduate Programs in Education

Associate Professor

Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Leadership

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.210.7557


Office: EDT912



Certified Career Coach, Lifeskills Institute/The Institute for Motivational Living, Inc, 2022

Certified Behavioural Consultant, Lifeskills Institute/The Institute for Motivational Living, Inc, 2023

Educational Background

PhD Education, University of Queensland, 2006

MA English, University of New South Wales, 2002

BA English and Literature, Open University, 2000

Diploma in TESOL London Teacher Training College, Singapore, 2013

Diploma in Education Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1995


Dr. Catherine CHUA was born and raised in Singapore. Catherine received her education in Singapore; she is married and has one son. In 2000, Catherine moved to Australia and completed her MA in English at the University of New South Wales, and PhD in Educational Studies at the University of Queensland. She returned to Singapore in 2006 and worked as an Assistant Professor with the National Institute of Education Singapore. In 2016, Catherine joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary where she teaches graduate courses in leadership and policy studies.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Language Learning and Multilingualism (BRILL), Series Editor

The Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE) Simon Fraser University, Academic Council 

Current Issues in Language Planning, Editorial Board Member

Language, Culture and Curriculum, Editorial Board Member


Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

Dr Chua’s research focuses on educational policy and leadership studies. Her research interests include school leadership, language planning and policy, policy analysis, globalization and educational reforms, 21st century skills and competencies, language and culture, Competency-Based Education, Work-Integrated Learning, and critical discourse analysis.

  • Change and innovation in higher education
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Educational leadership
  • Educational reform and policy
  • Global education
  • Globalization
  • Language policy and planning
  • Postcolonial/decolonial thinking in education
  • Teacher education
  • Competency-based Education
  • Work-Integrated Learning
  • Experiential Learning
  • Imaginative Education

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
EDER 61986 LEC 11 11 Spec Top in Educ Leadership 2021
EDER 71930 LEC 01 01 Adv Spec Top Educ Leadership 2021
EDER 61923 LEC 03 03 Spec Top in Educ Leadership 2021


  • University of Queensland Travel Support Grant, University of Queensland. 2012
  • International Award for Excellence in the area of literacy and education, 2010
  • University of Queensland Confirmation Scholarship (UQCS), University of Queensland. 2006


  • School branding. Goh, J.W.P; Chua, S.K.C;Salleh, H . Springer. 201-213. (2019)
  • Information Communication Technology. Chua, S.K.C; Chai, S. C . Springer. 149-168. (2019)
  • Professional Learning Communities. Salleh, H; Chua, S.K.C; Diwi, A. Springer. 107-122. (2019)
  • School-based curriculum development in Singapore: A case study of a primary school. Hairon, S., *Chua, C.S.K., & Neo, W.L. . Asia Pacific Journal of Education. (2018)
  • The importance of leadership practices in language planning in schools. Chua, S.K.C; Soo, J. L.M. Routledge. 190-213. (2018)
  • Issues of economic immobility: How can education bridge the gap?. Chua, S.K.C., & Soo, J. L.M. . Virtual Poster presented at Eleventh Global Studies Conference, July 30-31. University of Granada, Spain. (2018)
  • Un(intended) language planning in a globalising world: Multiple levels of players at work. Chua, S.K.C. (Eds.). de Gruyter Open. (2018)
  • A research agenda for professional learning communities: Moving forward. Hairon, S., Goh, J.W.P, *Chua, C.S.K., & Wang, L. Professional Development in Education, 43(1). 72-86. (2017)
  • English as a symbol of internationalization in higher education: a case study of Vietnam. Duong, T.V.A., & *Chua, S.K.C. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(4). 669-683. (2016)
  • Rethinking the framework for 21st century education: Toward a communitarian conception. Tan, C., *Chua, C.S.K., & Goh, O. The Education Forum, 79(2). 307-320. (2015)
  • Education policy borrowing in China: Has the West wind overpowered the East wind?. Tan, C., & *Chua, C.S.K. . Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 45(5). 686-704. (2015)
  • School stakeholders experience in navigating ICT reforms in Singapore. Reyes, V.C., & *Chua, C.S.K. International Journal of Information Communication Technology Education, 11(4). 83-96. (2015)
  • Teacher leadership enactment in PLC contexts: Towards a better understanding of the phenomenon. Hairon, S., Goh, J.W.P., & *Chua, S.K.C. School Leadership and Management, 35(2). 163-182. (2015)
  • Singlish Strikes back in Singapore. Ruanni, T; Chua C.S.K. Palgrave Macmilian. 185-200. (2015)
  • The 21st century approach in teaching home economics: A Singapore perspective. Soo, J.L.M., & *Chua, C.S.K. International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 20(2). 61-74. (2014)
  • The Singapore education journey: From colonialism to globalism. Choy, W; Chua, S.K.C. Routledge. 169-188. (2014)
  • (Mis)aligning of values, attitudes and purposes of education reforms across various stakeholders in Singapore. Chua, C.S.K. Analytics. 961-982. (2014)
  • A new model of bilingualism for Singapore: Multilingualism in the 21st century. Chua, S.K.C. Springer. 65-84. (2014)
  • Global Language: (De)Colonisation in the New Era. Chua, S.K.C; Balduaf, R.B . Routledge. (2011)
  • Micro language planning. Chua, S.K.C; Balduaf, R.B . Routledge. 936-951. (2011)
  • Multilingualism through English dominated bilingual policy: Integration of international students in modern Singapore. Chua, S.K.C. Policy development in TESOL and multilingualism: Past, present and the way forward. 89-106. (2021)
  • Neoliberal Ideologies in Teaching and Assessing ESP Legal English: A Case Study from the Middle East. Raza, K; *Chua, S.K.C. ELT assessment practices in the transnational world. Chapter 13. (2023)
  • Linguistic Outcomes of Language Accountability and Points-Based System for Multilingual Skilled Immigrants: A Critical Language-in-Immigration Policy Analysis. Raza, K; *Chua, S.K.C. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. . (2022)
  • Nuts and bolts of educational policy and educational governance: Unpacking the nexus between the two through a holistic educational policy-governance approach.. Raza, K; *Chua, S.K.C. International Journal for Leadership and Learning. 175-200. (2022)
  • Leading institutional policy implementation: Negotiating the complexities policy implementation in higher education in UAE. Vanelzer, D; *Chua, S.K.C . International Journal for Leadership and Learning. 181-218. (2022)
  • Imaginative education-based engineering curriculum: A conceptual framework. Raza, K; Li, S; *Chua, S.K.C; . Science & Education. TBA. (2023)
  • E-Leadership: Reconceptualizing teacher leadership in the Singapore digitalized educational landscape. Chua, S.K.C; Soo, J.L.M. Asia Pacific Journal of Educators and Education. TBA. (2023)
  • Global-contextual TESOL leadership in diverse and multi-dimensional contexts: A paradigmatic shift. Raza, K; *Chua, S.K.C. International Journal for Leadership and Learning. 305-339. (2022)