Dr Frances Gentle
6pm Thursday 4 April - Faculty of Education and Arts
University of Newcastle Alumnus, Dr Frances Gentle, has combined her two passions to work in the education and disability fields for almost 30 years.
Dr Gentle is an academic at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre. Her roles include coordinating and lecturing postgraduate courses in the field of sensory impairment, and researching current issues relating to the education of children with vision impairment.
Dr Gentle holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Special Education from the University of New England, a Masters of Special Education (Sensory Disability) with honours from the University of Newcastle, and a Doctor of Philosophy, also from Newcastle.
Since 1990 Dr Gentle has taught students of all levels in mainstream and special needs schools. She established an English language program at the Tokyo International Learning Centre and Vocational Development Centre for the Blind in Tokyo, and spent 11 years at Sydney’s St Edmunds School for Students with Vision Impairment and Other Special Needs.
Regularly featured in the media for her expertise and her work, among Dr Gentle’s many accolades is the 2006 Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literacy and Numeracy in NSW. In early 2012 the University of Newcastle presented Dr Gentle with the Alumni Award for Regional Leadership, in recognition of her educational development work in the Asia-Pacific.
Dr Gentle is the Vice President of the International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment and is involved in a range of professional associations including the International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment, the Australian Braille Authority, the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment body and the Journal of South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment.
Dr Gentle also holds a conjoint position with the University of Newcastle.