Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy, is ACU’s Vice-Chancellor and President and has overall responsibility for determining the strategic direction of the university. An accomplished sociologist and active researcher, he maintains an internationally recognised research profile in the areas of migration, social theory and life-course studies.

Professor Belinda Tynan, Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy, is ACU’s Provost and oversees many aspects of the students’ academic journey. Belinda has expertise in learning and teaching, educational technologies, online learning and academic staff development, and her research has focused on distance, open and online education. She was previously listed in the AFR Top 100 Women of Influence (2019) and won the 2020 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year Public Sector and Academia Award. 

Associate Professor Duncan Nulty, Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy, has a significant and sustained record of excellence in academic leadership and research. He is nationally and internationally recognised for his expertise in tertiary education policy and practice, particularly in the assessment of student learning, consensus moderation, academic standards, curriculum design, and the evaluation of educational programs.

Professor Susan Dann AM, Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy, is National Head of the Peter Faber Business School and Professor in Marketing. In 2018, she was awarded the Order of Australia for Services to Business Education and has a particular focus on industry relevance in the curriculum.

Professor William Ashraf, Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy, is Associate Dean (Learning, Teaching and Governance). Before ACU, he worked at Macquarie University and was their first Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy. Previously, he has worked at the universities of Bradford and Sussex (UK), UNSW and UOW (Australia). At various institutions, he was the strategic lead for digital education.

Professor Meg Stuart, Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy, is ACU’s Deputy Provost. She has held significant leadership roles in three schools within the Faculty of Health Sciences, was a previous Director, Learning and Teaching Centre, and the previous Curriculum and Training Manager at NPS Medicineswise. Her teaching disciplines are human anatomy and neuroscience.

Dr Bhavani Sridharan, Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy, is the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching and Accreditation in the Faculty of Law and Business. She is a recipient of numerous teaching and learning scholarships, grants and awards from the higher education sector, the Academy of Business Research Fund, as well as an ACU Teaching Development Grant.

Associate Professor Loretta Sheppard, Principal Fellow Higher Education Academy, is the Deputy Head, School of Allied Health and National Professional Practice Lead for Occupational Therapy. A life-long learner supporting staff and students to adopt a reflective approach to personal and professional development, she has lobbied persistently for resources needed to privilege First Peoples’ perspectives in allied health curricula.

Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Mellita Jones, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer in science teacher education in the Faculty of Education and Arts. Her outstanding contribution to student learning has been recognised through faculty and federal government awards. She has a passion for the relationship between education and social justice and has worked extensively in the Solomon Islands.

Dr Richard College, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and former Head of School of Philosophy. His research focuses on the history of philosophy, phenomenology, and philosophy of religion. He advocates for high-quality teaching in the humanities that enables academics to convey their disciplinary passion to students.

Ms Penny Wheeler, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is an academic developer in the Learning and Teaching Centre implementing graduate attributes and a curriculum of skills for impact across the university. Her teaching areas include higher education, technologies for learning, and language and linguistics.

Dr Amanda Gutierrez, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is from the Faculty of Education and the Arts and is passionate about the benefits of partnerships for strengthening work-integrated learning experiences. She also has a background in literacy, specifically critical and digital literacy, and researches in both the partnership/work-integrated learning and literacy spaces. 

Dr Michael Noetel, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. He both researches and teaches evidence-informed decision-making, including how to create, collate and use systematic reviews to choose what works best.

Professor Anthony Whitty, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre, and the former Associate Dean (Learning, Teaching and Professional Experiences) in the Faculty of Health Sciences. A recipient of the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Anthony has also actively managed his faculty’s successful Future in Youth Project in Timor Leste.

Dr Adam Burston, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer in nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and a course coordinator for the Master Health Administration and the Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Management. Adam has principal interest in health care ethics, inter-professional practice, and online learning environments.

Professor Thomas Lange, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a leading authority in the human resource management, organisational behaviour and transformational leadership research arena. He is Editor-in-Chief of Evidence-based HRM and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower. His works feature in several elite journals such as the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and The Leadership Quarterly.

Dr Joe Campana, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, presently leads two micro-credentials in the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education offered by the Learning and Teaching Centre and was previously Lecturer in Charge for the Core Curriculum. He is part of a team of academics who provide support for course and unit reviews.

Dr Dan van den Hoek, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer and the National Professional Practice Lead for Exercise Physiology in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (Qld). Dan links his passion for community engagement with work-integrated learning to enhance community and student outcomes through mutually beneficial programs focused on positive youth development and best-practice methods for work-integrated learning.

Dr Sue Gledhill, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is from the Faculty of Health Sciences. She led development of a new Master of Leadership and Management in Health Care course and is now involved in the development of other postgraduate courses designed to enhance innovative learning experiences for postgraduate students.

Dr Hemant Mehta, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is the lecturer in charge of biomedical science units in pharmacology, pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology. He is a peer reviewer for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health and is on the review panel for Pearson International Publishers, where he checks and contributes to replacement content of health science textbooks.

Dr Jason McFarland, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in liturgical studies with the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. Jason was a Teaching Fellow at Catholic University of America and a TEFL Trainer for the US Peace Corps in China, and he is now a leader in the design and delivery of units and courses in liturgy and sacraments at ACU.

Dr Doug Whyte, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer and exercise science course coordinator in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. He teaches physiology and research methods across a variety of undergraduate, honours and postgraduate programs.

Dr Zoltan Rusznak, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Head of Discipline (Science). He has numerous publications in the field of neuroscience, 30 years of university teaching experience, and developed the curriculum of numerous units discussing physiology and pathophysiology.

Dr Francesca Fernandez, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is the course coordinator for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Qld) and the national course coordinator for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours). She teaches human biology to first-year students in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (Qld).

Dr Isabelle Lys, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a teaching-focused bioscience senior lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (Qld). She is interested in professional development of staff in pedagogy of science teaching and learning at universities. She has taught at both national and international universities and received various teaching and learning grants, citations, and awards.

Dr Santha James, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer from the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has teaching experience from Australian and overseas universities, and has received various awards, citations, and teaching/learning grants. She helped develop the Biomedical Science course and dual degrees at ACU and served as the National Course Coordinator from 2015-2019.

Dr Tracey Sanders, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is the State Head of the School of Education, Queensland. With a career spanning both the School of Arts and Education, she has received numerous awards in teaching excellence and community engagement, and a citation. She was part of the transition from McAuley College to ACU in Queensland as well as Drama Director for the ACU Canonisation team.

Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a Head of Discipline in Accounting and Finance at the Peter Faber School of Business. He has received ACU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Students Learning and has won the inaugural Executive Dean's Innovation in Assessment Practices Award. His works feature in Q1 finance journals and he is an editorial board member of select journals.

Ms Marie B Fisher, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in charge, academic developer responsible for teaching and mentoring, and Vice Chair of HERDSA ACT, and received an award for Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching in 2018. Her recent, multi-disciplinary international research focuses on academic resilience, teaching practice and digital wellbeing.

Dr Vanessa Fredericks, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer in academic development in the Learning and Teaching Centre and leads the Fellowship program at ACU. She has experience in curriculum design and course review, continuing professional development, academic leadership and mentoring, and a cultural studies disciplinary background.

Associate Professor Lenore Adie, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, from the ACU Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education and Assessment. Her research focuses on assessment and judgement-making. She is currently leading an ARC Linkage Project (LP180100046) improving teacher assessment capability using scaled annotated exemplars of achievement standards in online moderation.

Dr Melissa Cain, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer in the National School of Education. She is Acting National Assistant Head of Discipline (Secondary Teaching) and Secondary Course Coordinator (QLD). Melissa's teaching and research centres on Creative Arts education and Inclusive Education, in particular, supporting students with sensory impairments in mainstream classrooms.

Ms Peta Harbour, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is the Deputy Head of School, School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedicine (ACT). Peta is passionate and experienced in academic leadership, and innovative and engaging adult education. She has teaching experience from multiple education providers and has received various teaching citations and awards.

Dr Kunle Ola, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, a senior lecturer and Discipline Leader, Thomas More Law School (Brisbane). Recipient of several excellence awards in learning and teaching. Course Coordinator, Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice where he leads the development and curriculum design of the program. He teaches and researches in contract, company law and intellectual property law.

Associate Professor Jane Butler, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy,is Head of Discipline Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health. She has experience in curriculum design, course review, continuing professional development, and academic leadership and a previous recipient of an ACU VC and President’s Scholarship, and a Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr John Oldroyd, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. He is the Master of Public Health co-ordinator and teaches into the postgraduate public health programme.

Dr David Salisbury, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, his current role is eLearning Advisor for the Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC). He is the Lead Advisor for the Professional Development programs offered by the LTC. In addition David is co-administrator for the Intelliboard Analytics program, Feedback Fruits Group and Peer Evaluation and the Mahara ePortfolio programs.

Dr John Mahoney, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer in exercise and sport science in the Faculty of Health Sciences. John has been involved in a number of learning and teaching projects that focus on using the best available evidence to inform practices. He's developed programs for teaching academics that encourage evidence use and initiatives for students that promote engagement.

Dr Cecilia Yeboah, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, has been working in Higher Education for 15 years and is a full-time lecturer in Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences. This role includes teaching, coordination, and leadership responsibilities. Teaching various year levels including postgraduate, undergraduate and interprofessional units. Cecilia's discipline teaching background includes medical, renal gerontology and palliative care nursing in addition to healthcare ethics and Indigenous health. Cecilia's research background is society, culture and health.

Dr Alison Owens, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a Senior Lecturer at ACU Learning and Teaching Centre. She has over twenty-years’ experience in teaching and researching education in University contexts. Alison is the recipient of multiple internal and external research grants and publishes widely on education topics. Her fields of interest are the SoTL and Creative Arts.

Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Kimberley Wilson, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in science education. She is an Advisory Council Member for the Science Teachers’ Association of Queensland, and a Board Director of the Australasian Science Education Research Association. Kimberley’s teaching and research is centred on responsive and flexible teaching approaches to science education.

Dr Brandon Cheong, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is from the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (Vic) and teaches mathematics, biostatistics, and physics in the Faculty of Health Sciences. His research involves creating augmented-reality applications for technology-enhanced learning in tertiary education.

Dr Mary Noseda, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is from the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, and provides teaching and learning in religious education. She works with pre-service and current teachers seeking qualifications in the field.

Dr Kerry Ttofari Eecen, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in speech pathology who is passionate about student experience and providing lifelong learning opportunities to the alumni community. Kerry introduced the Mentoring in Speech Pathology program and is the coordinator of ACU Speed Sessions: a free professional development program.

Dr Peter Mahoney, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a teaching-focused academic from the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (NSW). He has taught a wide range of subjects including biology, statistics, research methodology, science communication and environmental science, with a goal to maximise student success using whatever strategy works best for that individual.

Dr Thuy-Linh Nguyen, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in the Peter Faber Business School, Faculty of Law and Business, with a background in computer science and theology. She is deeply involved with community engagement and the Core Curriculum. She has been exploring the use of technology to enhance learning and has found gamification largely engaging and motivating for students.

Associate Professor Michael Buchanan, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is Deputy Head of School (Theology) in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and a member of the LaSalle Academy. His research initiatives centre around religious education, faith-based leadership, and leadership in religious education. He is also the founder of the bi-annual International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools.

Mr Luke Parker, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in the School of Education (Vic), and teaches and presents at state and national conferences in the field of physical education, outdoor education/learning, ICT, and general education. He is presently leading a national teaching grant at ACU and completing international research at the University of Kansas.

Ms Paula Johnston, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in nursing at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. She has experience lecturing internationally in both the UK and Australia.

Professor Robert Carver, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is Director of the Western Civilisation Program in the Faculty of Education and Arts (North Sydney) and Professor of Classical Reception and Renaissance Studies. A graduate of ANU, he has taught at Oxford and Durham universities, specialising in English Literature of the Early Modern period.

Dr May Fong Cheong, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is Deputy Head of School and Senior Lecturer at Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University. She received the 2021 ACU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, and the 2021 Teaching Development Grant for a project to embed Aboriginal and Indigenous Knowings in ACU’s Law Curriculum.

Dr Nia Luxton, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in physiotherapy who is passionate about lifelong learning, providing student support and demonstrating the benefits of being a clinical academic, a role which combines clinical, teaching and research responsibilities. Nia is the lecturer in charge of a new unit in the Master of Digital Health and is keenly developing the physiotherapy curriculum to include health policy.

Dr Janine Luttick, Fellow Higher Education Academy, lectures in biblical studies in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and the Xavier Centre for Theological Formation. She coordinates the internationally acclaimed program for women, Leadership for Mission. Her pedagogical approach focuses on the agency of the learner. Her research concerns the study of children in the Bible.

Dr Liam Johnson, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Behavioural and Health Sciences, with expertise in motor control and learning, skill acquisition and research and ethics in exercise science. His research is focused on exercise rehabilitation for people with stroke, and physical activity for people with traumatic brain injuries.

Dr Joel Garrett, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is from the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (Bris) and teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology degrees in the Faculty of Health Sciences. His specific focus is on anatomy, resistance training, rehabilitation and coaching. Joel's research has centred around monitoring fatigue and movement competency, along with improving powerlifting performance.

Dr Stephanie Kondos, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a student-focused science lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (VIC), teaching Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is committed to the development of student growth through the facilitation of a learning environment that is both accessible and challenging.

Dr Beth McLeod, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer and course coordinator in Sport and Outdoor Education. Her outstanding contribution to student learning has been recognised through various teaching awards. Beth is also passionate about community engagement, and has a significant and sustained record of leadership in ACU's Future in Youth Project in Timor Leste.

Dr Sharon Crosbie, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a senior lecturer in speech pathology. She teaches across the program and is committed to working with students to develop skills to be effective clinicians who engage in reflective practice.

Ms Cath Emmerson, Fellow Higher Education Academy, has been a Level B lecturer in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy for last 7 years, clinical sports physiotherapist for 25 years prior to that. She has a Masters Health Science in both Sports Physiotherapy and Clinical Education. Interests are in communication skills, professional practice and development of clinical reasoning in students. Currently co-leading first TDG in "assessing cultural humility in undergraduate health students".

Mr Ahmed Hegazi, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a Communication and Management consultant and Casual Academic at the Peter Faber Business School, Faculty of Law and Business (Managing people and organisations discipline).  

Dr Alyse Wilcox, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences and teaches Sport, Exercise, and Health Psychology. She has several team teaching awards and has research interest in elite athletes and their higher education engagement and experience.

Mr Daniel Chalkley, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in exercise and sport science in the Faculty of Health Sciences. His specialist area of teaching is skill acquisition, motor learning, and human development. Daniel's research focuses on the areas of perception-action, psychophysiology, and decision making in sport.

Dr Susan Brooman-Jones, Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a lecturer in the Learning and Teaching Centre at ACU. She has been teaching in higher education contexts for over 20 years. Susan has a particular interest in inclusive teaching practices in higher education.

Associate Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Nicholas Johnson, Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy (Indigenous), is a mathematics lecturer who has worked in tertiary education in the fields of mathematics, statistics, economics, finance, and public policy. He is a published author and is currently researching in applied mathematics.

Mr James Sikkema, Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy, is a physiotherapist working in private practice whilst also teaching undergraduate health science students. He works across the schools of science and allied health, and takes great pleasure in helping students to transition well into tertiary study.

Page last updated on 05/11/2021

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