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Julianna first attended the BU Sydney program as a junior in the spring of 2010 and continued on to complete the Sydney Travel Writing program in the summer. In 2012, she returned to Australia as a Senior Resident Assistant and her love of Australian culture has only grown since then. Julianna currently attends Macquarie University where she is a marine biology research student.
Steph Schaffer joined the BU Sydney team as a Senior Resident Assistant in January 2015, a few months after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Journalism degree from BU’s College of Communication. After years of yearning to visit Australia, Steph jumped at the opportunity to study abroad on the BU Sydney Internship Program in 2013, and has considered Sydney “home” ever since. When she’s not looking after students, Steph spends her days as the Marketing Manager of a technology startup.
Myra joined the BU Sydney team in June 2016. She holds a BEc and LLB from the Australian National University, and a Master of Health Law from the University of Sydney. She is currently working on a project on the history of diabetes research. Her areas of research interests include the history of xenotransplantation, research governance, human animal studies and feminist postcolonial science and technology studies.
Charlotte Green, PhD
Charlie began working in the BU Sydney library in January 2014. She is currently completing a Master of Digital Information Management at the University of Technology Sydney. She spent 10 years working in the book shop at the Museum of Sydney, while she completed her doctorate in History at the University of Sydney. She holds a BA in Government from Smith College, and a MA in International Relations from University of New South Wales.
Course Coordinator: Australian Art & Architecture (AH 374); Module Course Coordinator AN368: (Un)Popular Cultures
Peter Barnes is a visual artist and academic who has held teaching positions at the University of Newcastle and most recently the University of Sydney, where he is currently completing his PhD. His research interests focus on the interaction between the fields of visual art and popular culture. He has held solo and group exhibitions in Australia, and has curated a number of exhibitions, including the exhibition Living Elvis at the RMIT Gallery at RMIT University, Melbourne. Peter worked with the Historic Houses Trust of NSW for a number of years, holding positions at the Museum of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks Museum and The Mint. He is the Managing Director of Livelo PTY LTD, a high performance bike rental business.
Course Coordinator: Australian Literature (EN383) Dr. Sharon Clarke joined the Sydney Program in 1998 to teach the Australian Literature course. She was a member of the full-time internship placement staff as an Assistant Director from 2000 to 2004 until her appointment to the position of Associate Director (Academics) in the second-half of 2004. Sharon retired from the Academic Director role in early 2017. Sharon Clarke has a First-Class Honours Degree and received her Doctorate in English in 1996 from the University of Wollongong where she lectured and tutored in the English Department for over 10 years. She has been a specialist teacher in Australian Literature, Fantasy, 20th Century Women Writers, Children’s Literature, Text and Gender, Creative Arts, and Creative Writing courses. Her doctoral study of Australian novelist and playwright, Sumner Locke Elliott, was published as the critical biography Sumner Locke Elliott: Writing Life (Allen & Unwin: Sydney, 1996) and was short-listed for Australia’s inaugural National Biography Award. She is also the author of eleven children’s books and numerous critical articles and creative pieces published in academic journals. Her current projects include the memoir of a Hitchcock writer with a focus on old Hollywood from the 1930s – 1950s; and an ongoing biographical novel based on the life of Helena Sumner Locke, mother of Sumner Locke Elliott.
Sharon Clarke, PhD
Course Coordinator: Australian Literature (EN383)
Dr. Sharon Clarke joined the Sydney Program in 1998 to teach the Australian Literature course. She was a member of the full-time internship placement staff as an Assistant Director from 2000 to 2004 until her appointment to the position of Associate Director (Academics) in the second-half of 2004. Sharon retired from the Academic Director role in early 2017.
Sharon Clarke has a First-Class Honours Degree and received her Doctorate in English in 1996 from the University of Wollongong where she lectured and tutored in the English Department for over 10 years. She has been a specialist teacher in Australian Literature, Fantasy, 20th Century Women Writers, Children’s Literature, Text and Gender, Creative Arts, and Creative Writing courses.
Her doctoral study of Australian novelist and playwright, Sumner Locke Elliott, was published as the critical biography Sumner Locke Elliott: Writing Life (Allen & Unwin: Sydney, 1996) and was short-listed for Australia’s inaugural National Biography Award. She is also the author of eleven children’s books and numerous critical articles and creative pieces published in academic journals. Her current projects include the memoir of a Hitchcock writer with a focus on old Hollywood from the 1930s – 1950s; and an ongoing biographical novel based on the life of Helena Sumner Locke, mother of Sumner Locke Elliott.
Course Coordinator: Differential Equations (MA226)
Hugh Colburn has taught mathematics and computer science at school, polytechnic and university levels and has extensive industry experience in engineering and financial mathematics. His post graduate studies involved studying equations that required methods that minimised the round off errors inherent in computer arithmetic. These were the early days of computers where disk drives were limited and large reels of magnetic tape were used for storage.
Since retiring as CIO of the Southern Steel Group, he has been working in the Mathematicians in Schools program for CSIRO giving talks and workshops in mathematics and has developed the “Thinking Mathematically” course which teaches problem solving skills using elementary mathematics and tries to give students insight and understanding of how the mathematics they learn, is applied in various careers.
He has worked as a beta tester for Wolfram’s Calculator Center and is an accredited practitioner of both Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment and Cognitive Edge’s Cynefin and Sense-making.
Course Coordinator: Film Production Using Video (FT352)
Will Davies began working with Film Australia (Commonwealth Film Unit) in 1972 following his graduation from the ANU. In 1975 he added to his broad range of documentary and drama experience by working in Hollywood and with the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol in the UK. On his return to Australia in 1977 he established Look Film Productions. Since this time, his company has been a major Australian producer of documentary programs to a wide range of national and international broadcasters including the ABC, SBS, Channels 9, 7 and 10 in Australia, the BBC in the UK, PBS and other broadcasters in the USA and a range of international television networks through the distribution of LOOK’s programming.
Major series include: When the War Came to Australia (ABC); Tales From a Suitcase (SBS); Our Century (Channel Nine); A Yen For A Dollar (ABC); In Our Collection: The Australian War Memorial (the History Channel); Railway Adventures (Seven and Ten networks). Will Davies is the co-author of two books, a biography and edited an Australian soldier’s story of the horrors of the First World War titled, Somme Mud which was published by Random House, Australia in 2006. He then delivered a follow-up book to Somme Mud, titled In the Footsteps of Private Lynch which was published in 2008, Beneath Hill 60 in 2010 and The Boy Colonel in 2013. In 2006, he completed a series of short films on the history of Norfolk Island and in 2007, series of films for tour groups to the Sydney Opera House.
Ann Finegan, PhD
Course Coordinator: Australian Cinema (FT345)
Dr Ann Finegan is a film and digital arts theorist with an interest in metaphysics in the electronic age. An interdisciplinary thinker with a background in modernist literature and psychoanalytic theory, deconstruction and phenomenology, she has specialized in artist-writer collaborations with a particular interest in moving image and the electronic arts.
Her introduction to continental philosophy was through the Yale research seminar of Jacques Derrida in Paris, where she was working on a thesis on James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Supervision by de Certeau on the onto-phenomenology of Beat cinema and the cult TV show The Adam’s Family soon followed. She is old enough to have attended the seminars of Greimas and Eco in the glory days of semiotics, and to have traded mother insults with Freddie Mercury (of Queen) in a brief incarnation as a rock journalist. She was a fashion apprentice to Zandra Rhodes in the punk era in London.
After teaching stints in Paris, including the architecture faculty of Paris-Bellville, she returned to Australia and has since been teaching applied continental philosophy in a variety of moving image contexts (University of Sydney, University of NSW, Macquarie University, University of Western Sydney). She writes for a number of arts journals including Artlink, Art Monthly, Runway, RealTime, Eyeline, and Contemporary.
Course Coordinator: Cinema in Australia – The Sydney Film Festival (FT554)
Fred has a BA (Hons) from Newcastle (NSW) and an MA, from Windsor (Ontario). From 1972-1997 Fred held the position of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Film and Literature, Charles Sturt University and from 1997-2002 was Head, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Charles Sturt University. In 1992 he was recipient of the Faculty of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 1993 was recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a weekly-featured film columnist in the Advertiser and a weekly film broadcaster on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) radio. Fred has Journalist Accreditation for Sydney International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and has been a Jury member for Dendy Short Film Awards, (Sydney Film Festival). His publications include (with P. Cox) Featuring Film and Featuring Film 2; The Sequel. He is currently Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University.
Course Coordinator: Services Marketing and Management (MK463)
Janine Hendry is a business strategist who, as a qualified designer, is able to bring the essence of design thinking into the realms of business. Alongside her role in business strategy she continues to work as an academic at the University of Sydney, and Monash University, Melbourne, a career pursued full time for over 20 years. Most recently she has been academically focused on Services Marketing and Global and International Marketing for the University of Sydney, and been a visiting Professor at IESEG, France.
She is also the Director and Founder of Bryn’s Schools, a trust that builds and runs schools in some of the most remote and under developed areas of the world. Bryn’s Schools currently educates around 2,000 students each year.
In summary Hendry’s skill base lies in leveraging the core competencies of a designer and applying these to the development and implementation of strategic thinking.
Course Co-Coordinator: Sustainable Sydney- Sustainable Australia (GE330)
Gordon has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Marketing from the Australian School of Business, UNSW. He has lectured on innovation in the Masters and MBA program at the University of New South Wales. He has had an extensive career as a brand strategist and innovation consultant with firms such as McCann Erickson, Young & Rubicam (in New York) and his own company, the Hinds Partnership. His particular interest is in the area of personal responsibility and sustainable behaviours. His work in innovation has included guiding companies in the promotion of more sustainable work practices.
Co-Coordinator: Australian Culture & Society (AN368) and Module Course Coordinator AN368: Australian Sporting Traditions
David Holmes is a lecturer, writer and sports historian. He is currently completing a PhD in history on amateurism in Australian athletics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). David teaches in the history of sport and law in the Faculty of Law at UNSW. He has also taught in this area in the Faculty of Arts, UNSW and the Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University and in the course Sport, Leisure, and Youth Policy at University of Sydney. He is a member of the Australian Society for Sports Historians and has presented a number of academic papers both nationally and abroad. As an aside, he also co-authored a book on the regional township of Orange.
A keen distance runner, David has been involved in the administration and establishment of several athletic clubs. David’s interests include running, reading, travel and anything to do with the Olympics. He has attended the last four Summer Olympics and finds it difficult to be patient for Tokyo in 2020.
Anthony Hughes, PhD
Course Coordinator: Sports Management in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region (IP401) and Module Course Coordinator AN368: Australian Cultural Transmissions
Dr Anthony Hughes is a lecturer in the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Law where he teaches five courses in the Sport and Law area. Apart from Sport and Law, he has written on a wide range of issues including sport and ethnicity; sport and the Irish; sport and the Jews; sport and immigration; sport and federation in Australia; sport governance, and the Olympic movement. A recent publication is (As the co-editor with Dr Hickie, Deborah Healy and Dr Jocelynne Scutt) Essays in Sport and the Law, ASSH Studies Series, Melbourne 2008.
Tony published with Professor Richard Cashman the ground breaking Staging the Olympics: The Event and its Impact (UNSW Press) in 1999. In addition, Dr Hughes was also the co-author with Dr Hickie of The Game for the Game Itself: A History of Sydney Suburban Rugby (2004). He has also researched and written on Australian soccer – a sport in which he had a long career as both as a player and administrator. He maintains an interest in sport at UNSW where he is a member of the Ben Lexcen Sport Scholarship Committee and co-wrote (with Prof. Richard Cashman and Zoltan Zavos) The Pavilion on the Village Green: A History of Sport at UNSW (Walla Walla Press, 2005). Currently, he is working on Palestine, Israel, The IOC and Geopolitics of the Middle East 1933 to 1972. This work is based on research he undertook at the IOC archives in Lausanne.
Previously he has been Executive Officer of the UNSW Centre for Olympic Studies from 1996 until its closure in 2004. He was a member of the Chair for Modern Irish Studies Committee at UNSW from 1997 to 2006. In 2005 Dr Hughes was awarded the prestigious UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Jennifer Kent, PhD
Course Co-Coordinator: Sustainable Sydney – Sustainable Australia (GE330)
Jenny is an Honorary Associate and Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Her PhD in Sustainable Futures from UTS has recently been published as a book, Community Action and Climate Change. Her thesis combined her interests in personal and community-level environmental action and behaviour change with sustainability policy development. Her research focused on how notions of responsibility for voluntary climate change action are understood and practiced at both the individual and collective level. Jenny has continued her research since her PhD and extended her interests in sustainability transitions and deliberative systems. In particular she is interested in understanding how grassroots collective voluntary action that addresses the challenge of climate change and continued fossil fuel extraction can contribute to better climate change governance. Jenny is currently collaborating on a review of the systemic impacts of democratic innovations in Australia for the new Democracy Foundation and works part-time as a Senior Environment Officer in a local community-based sustainability resource centre, The Green Living Centre based on busy King Street, Newtown. Her current work at the GLC is focussed on assisting local residents to reduce their energy use and adopt low carbon living lifestyles.
Jenny has published in the well regarded Environmental Politics journal and is a member of the Environmental Politics group of the Australian Political Science Association; the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE); the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN); and Australian Sustainability Transitions Research Alliance (ASTRA).
Course Co-Coordinator: Australian Wine Industry (HF328)
With a background in school-based education, Kate Khoury moved into Executive Roles in schools and became a Curriculum Advisor to schools in the Inner West of Sydney. During this time she explored her love of adult learning and training, including lecturing post-graduate teachers at Australian Catholic University.
A sea change in 1995 occurred when Kate and her partner fell in love with a small vineyard and winery on the South Coast of NSW. From there began a foray into small business and winemaking and tourism! Kate continues to work with schools on a consultancy basis and runs a School Resource arm as part of a bookshop and cafe.
Kate is a certified Life Coach and particularly enjoys supporting people in small business. Her latest project is to learn Italian in preparation for another trip to Italy – where she promises herself she will write the outline of a book about women in Small Business!
Andrew Mack, PhD
Course Co-Coordinator: The Pacific Rim: Economic and Political Orders (EC464)
Andrew Mack’s early training and career was as a wool-textile technologist and quality controller. He then taught political economy and sociology at the South Australian Institute of Technology. He subsequently moved into a career as advisor to a former South Australian Minister for Industrial Relations, and the Minister for Health in the Australian Federal Government. This was followed by a career as industrial officer and federal official with the Theatrical and Amusement Employees’ Association, latterly the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance.
He currently teaches Masters and Honours Courses at the School of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. He holds a post-graduate degree from Adelaide University on the Kaleckian Theory of Business Cycles. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney’s School of Economics and Business Studies; his focus was on Colonial and Post-colonial Regimes of Capital Accumulation and Labour Regulation in Indonesia. His personal interests include surfing, playing tenor saxophone and flute for a rock band ‘The Red Dog’, and woodwinds for a sax/woodwind chamber orchestra.
Peter McDonald, PhD
Course Coordinator: Brand Advertising and Promotion (CM406) and International Marketing Management (MK467)
Peter McDonald is a marketing practitioner with a genuine passion for teaching and is an Adjunct Lecturer in Marketing Management at MGSM. Additionally, he has co-authored a number of journal articles on sources of brand equity and brand portfolio management.
In tandem, he is CEO of Australia’s leading agency selection consultancy, Pitch Perfect Advisors (www.pitchperfect.net.au)
He has been teaching at BU since early 2007 and previously taught branding/marketing/ advertising subjects at Sydney University, UTS, and CSU. While his diverse business experience covers North America, Australia, NZ & Asia Pacific where he successfully performed brand, marketing communications and advertising agency management roles.
Companies with whom Peter has worked include: Aldi, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Domino’s Pizza, General Mills, Harris Farm Markets, Mars Inc., McDonald’s, Michael Hill International, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, 7-Eleven, Tourism Australia, and Unilever.
Early in his career, he lived, worked and studied (part-time) in North America, and ever since Peter has urged many of his staff and students to do likewise. For him, the benefits of personal growth and development of a ‘global mind-set’ far outweigh any culture shock you might initially experience.
Peter holds a B Com (Marketing), MBA (International Business) and PhD (Management).
The centrepiece for his PhD Thesis is ‘Brand Gravity®: Why Line Extensions of National Brands Attract One Another and Line Extensions of Store Brands Repel One Another’ – which has particular relevance for brand owners (manufacturers or retailers) when effectively creating product assortments or portfolios.
For further background, refer to Dr. Peter McDonald’s LinkedIn profile.
Module Course Coordinator AN368: Aboriginal Australia
Jenny Newman holds a B.A. and M.A. in adult education with a background of more than 20 years in teaching across several prominent Australian Universities including University of Technology, Sydney. She is also an Aboriginal Australian Wiradjuri woman from central NSW who regularly serves on the Guardianship Tribunal across Australia, particularly in outback regions. She is an active member of The Cook’s River Valley Association.
Chris Sheil, PhD
Course Coordinator: Australian Social Policy (SO308)
Christopher Sheil, BA (Hons), PhD, is a social historian whose principal interest is in the history of labour in society. He is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, the President of the Evatt Foundation (affiliated with the University of Sydney), a member of the Australian Society of Authors, and a former member of the Senior Executive Service within the NSW Cabinet Office. He has been a senior policy adviser under six governments (four Labor and two Liberal-National), has served on over 60 national and state social and economic policy committees (including a dozen cabinet committees), and is the author or editor of over 200 academic and government publications. He was a monthly columnist for the Australian Financial Review from 2001 to 2003, and his main books are: (ed.) Globalisation: Australian Impacts (UNSW Press: 2001); Water’s Fall: Running the Risks with Economic Rationalism (Pluto Press: 2000); War on the Wharves: A Cartoon History (Pluto Press: 1998); and (ed.) Turning Point: The State of Australia (Allen & Unwin: 1997). His current research is focused on maritime labour, and economic inequality.
Course Co-Coordinator: Australian Wine Industry (HF328)
In 1995, Gaynor with Kate Khoury bought a vineyard and winery on the South Coast of NSW. With a passion for wine and learning they set about developing their knowledge and skills in viticulture, winemaking, and business. Over twelve years, the property, wine and business gained success and recognition.
Gaynor’s career began in primary school teaching then led to working with teachers, adult training, and curriculum development. The passion for learning continues through the current business of a bookshop and cafe.
Gaynor along with Kate wrote and presented the Australian Wine Industry course in Spring 2009 which has enabled Gaynor to continue her passion for wine and learning.
Keith Suter, PhD
Course Coordinator: The Australian Political System (PO260)
Dr Keith Suter FAICD is an economic and social commentator, strategic planner, conference speaker, author and broadcaster
As a broadcaster, he is heard on Australian radio an average of once per day. He is the TV Channel 7 Sunrise foreign affairs editor. He is also a foreign policy analyst for Sky TV Australia and Radio 4BC Brisbane.
He also holds the following offices:
Director of Studies, International Law Association (Australian Branch)
Chairperson, International Commission of Jurists (NSW)
Chairperson, International Humanitarian Law Committee, Australian Red Cross (NSW)
Board member, Wesley Mission, Sydney
His first degree is from the University of Sussex (International Relations/ International Law). His first doctorate (University of Sydney) was on the international law of guerrilla warfare (a study of the two 1977 Additional Protocols to the four 1949 Geneva Conventions) and his second (Deakin University) was on the economic and social consequences of the arms race. His third PhD is currently being examined.
He has been a member of the international think tank The Club of Rome since 1993.
He was the coordinator for the Australian Business Foundation 2009 Report Engaging China: The Realities for Australian Business.
Course Coordinator: Travel Writing: Journalism and Creative Non-Fiction (JO528)
Sue Williams is an award-winning journalist, columnist, travel writer, and best-selling author and biographer. She has written for all of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines. One of her first books was a travel book about her years travelling the world alone with a backpack, Getting There: Journeys of an Accidental Adventurer. Ever since, she has been acclaimed both in Australia and Britain as a top travel writer, nowadays filing travel pieces mostly for The Australian, The Australian Magazine, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph in Australia, and The Guardian and Observer in the UK. Her 11th book, Women in the Outback, as well as its sequel Outback Spirit and then the third in the series, Outback Heroines, has had her constantly travelling to outback Australia in order to capture the atmosphere and setting of some of the country’s most remote locations. In 2012 she wrote Welcome to the Outback, the story of her own travels around isolated Australia.
Sue’s first best-selling biography was Peter Ryan: The Inside Story, the tale of Australia’s most colourful, and controversial, police commissioner. Mean Streets, Kind Hearts: The Father Chris Riley Story was her second best-seller, which went into reprint an astonishing five times in the first three months of publication. Sue’s other books include: Death of a Doctor; And Then The Darkness: the disappearance of Peter Falconio and the trial of Joanne Lees (shortlisted for the international 2006 Gold Dagger Award for the world’s best crime non-fiction); another true crime Left For Dead; the biography Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest; Apartment Living: A Complete Guide to Buying, Renting, Surviving and Thriving in Apartments; and World Beyond Tears: The Ongoing Story of Father Riley (about his work with the survivors of the Boxing Day tsunami). Her contribution to Australia’s literary life is celebrated in Who’s Who of Australian Women.
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