University of Calgary

Catherine Chua

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching


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.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr Chua’s research focuses on educational policy and leadership studies. Her research interests include language planning and policy, globalization and educational reforms, 21st century skills and competencies, language and culture, and critical discourse analysis.

Current Projects:

  • Developing 21 CC Classrooms through "Teacher Expertise": An Exploratory Study on Educators' Perceptions and Beliefs of the New Curriculum in Calgary, WSE Faculty Start-Up


PhD Education
The University of Queensland, Australia

MA English
University of New South Wales, Australia

BA English and Literature
The Open University, United Kingdom

Diploma in TESOL
London Teacher Training College, Singapore

Diploma in Education
National Institute if Education/Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professional & Community Affiliations

De Gruyter Open, series editor


Chua, S.K.C. (Ed.), (October, 2016). Un(intended) Language Planning in a Globalising World: Multiple Levels of Players at Work. de Gruyter Open.

Duong, T.V.A., & *Chua, S.K.C. (2016). English as a symbol of internationalization in higher education: a case study of Vietnam. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(4), 669-683.

Chua, S.K.C. (2015). Singlish strikes back in Singapore. In R. Tupas (Ed.), Unequal Englishes: The politics of English Today (pp. 185-200). London: Palgrave Macmilian

Hairon, S., Goh, J.W.P., *Chua, S.K.C. (2015). Teacher leadership enactment in PLC contexts: Towards a better understanding of the phenomenon. School Leadership and Management, 35(2), 163-182

Chua, S.K.C. (2014). A new model of bilingualism for Singapore: Multilingualism in the 21st century. In Zenotz, V., Centoz, J., & Gorter, D. (Eds.), Minority languages and multilingual education (pp. 65-84). New York: Springer.


  • The University of Queensland (UQ School of Education) Travel Support Grant (2012) The scheme provides funding to facilitate collaborative research between UQ and overseas scholars. The scheme offers financial assistance to scholars who have been actively engaged in research and are able to contribute substantially to research activities in the nominated UQ School/Centre/Institute.
  • Winner of the International Award for Excellence in the area of literacy and education (2010) Paper titled: Futuristic Schools: “Little Red Dot” Strategies in a Globalised Economy
  • The University of Queensland Confirmation Scholarship (2005) Currently known as University of Queensland International Scholarship (UQI) The UQI scholarships are awarded competitively, based on merit, to outstanding international students undertaking a research higher degree.
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