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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 for the BU Sydney program and her love of Australian culture has only grown since then. Julianna has been a module lecturer for the STEM in Australia course since 2016 and she currently attends Macquarie University where she is a marine biology PhD candidate.
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.
Charlotte Green, PhD
Charlie began working in the BU Sydney library, and as an assistant lecturer in the AN368 course, in 2014. In 2019 she received an MA in Information and Knowledge Management from the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to working at BU, she spent 10 years working in the book shop at the Museum of Sydney, while she completed her PhD in History, focusing on the White Australia Policy, and worked as a lecturer at the University of Sydney. She also holds a BA in Government from Smith College, and an MA in International Relations from University of New South Wales.
Sharleen joined the BU Sydney library team in June 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Australian Catholic University, and is currently studying for a Master in Digital Information Management at the University of Technology Sydney. She also volunteers for her local hospital library as a librarian. Her current project involves transcribing Indigenous languages material for the State Library of NSW.
Course Coordinator: Australian Art & Architecture (AH 374); Module Course Coordinator AN368: (Un)Popular Cultures
Peter Barnes is a visual artist and Teaching Professional 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 – From Page to Screen (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 – From Page to Screen (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.
Will Davies, PhD
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 curator, film and digital arts theorist who has also worked as a creative producer for Cementa Contemporary Arts Festival (Kandos, regional NSW) which she co-founded in 2011. A cross-disciplinary thinker with a background in literature and continental philosophy, she has also engaged in numerous artist-writer collaborations across installation, moving image and media arts.
She has taught across a wide variety of contexts, including literature, philosophy, contemporary arts and digital arts, with more than twenty years of experience teaching cinema and experimental film in contemporary arts programs at Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney) and the University of Western Sydney. She has also taught media arts and moving image in Design at UTS and UNSW. As an arts writer she has been commissioned for numerous catalogues including the Biennale of Sydney, Biennale of Adelaide, MCA, Art Gallery of NSW, Experimental Art Foundation and Artspace. More recently, in her role as co-director of Cementa, and as a passionate advocate for the development of regional arts, she has written for the regional art galleries of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and Orange and Bathurst Regional Art Galleries, as well as Artist Run Initiatives such as MAP (Modern Artist Projects). She is a regular contributor to Artlink and also writes for a number of other arts journals including Artist Profile and Runway.
As a postgraduate she studied in Europe, where she was supervised by Umberto Eco in Bologna, and Jacques Derrida and Michel de Certeau in Paris.
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 a Teaching Professional 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 teaching professional 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 global communication firms such as McCann Erickson, Young & Rubicam. Over the past five years he has been involved in developing new battery technology with Professor Don Sadoawy at MIT and more recently in creating the first completely renewable energy powered town in Australia. He is married and lives in Sydney and when not trying the change the world he enjoys surfing, sailing, skiing and hanging out with his two year old grandchild.
Co-Coordinator: Australian Culture & Society (AN368) and Module Course Coordinator AN368: Australian Sporting Traditions
David Holmes is an historian who specialises in the history of athletics (track and field) and the Olympic Games.
David has taught on the history of sport at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Law, UNSW. He has also taught in this area at the Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University and the Faculty of Education, The University of Sydney. He is completing a PhD on amateurism in athletics at UNSW and presented his findings at the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport’s (ISPHES) 19th International Congress in Münster, Germany (July, 2018). A member of ISPHES he is also a member of the European Association for Sport Management EASM, the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) and a life member of the International Olympic Academy Participants Association (IOAPA). David has presented at numerous international conferences on sport. Besides his academic activities he has published articles on sport in various newspapers and magazines, including Inside Sport. He has also attended the last five summer Olympic Games and is looking forward to attending the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo (24 July—9 August, 2020).
A keen distance runner, David has competed at national level in track and cross country. He has also been involved in the administration of several athletic clubs including the highly successful Kirribilli Runners (which he founded and directed from 2006—2017). Based principally in Sydney and in Rome he consults to a number of sporting organisations worldwide.
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 a sessional academic in environmental management, environmental communication and sustainability at UTS, UNSW and Boston University Sydney with a background in community education. Her research interests span the areas of sustainability transitions, grassroots social innovations and deliberative democracy. In particular she is interested in understanding how grassroots collective voluntary action that addresses the wicked challenge of climate change and continued fossil fuel extraction can contribute to better climate change governance. She completed her transdisciplinary PhD in Sustainable Futures at UTS in 2012. Her research focused on how notions of responsibility for voluntary climate change action are understood and practiced at both the individual and collective level. This work formed the basis of her book, Community Action and Climate Change, published by Routledge in 2015. In line with her interests in grassroots and community scale action on sustainability, Jenny previously worked for six years at The Green Living Centre, a local community-based sustainability resource centre based on busy King Street, Newtown. Jenny has published in the well regarded Environmental Politics journal and is a member of 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 an adventure into small business and winemaking and tourism! Kate continued to work with schools on a consultancy basis and ran 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. She is researching and writing a social history about the area where she grew up on a property in country New South Wales. Kate has involved herself in the local convivium of SLOW FOOD where the mantra is “good, clean and fair food for all”, so learning and enjoying sustainable food and wine is a continuing interest!
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 the South Australian Minister for Industrial Relations, and as senior advisor for Neal Blewett, Minister for Health in the Australian Federal Government. This was followed by a career as industrial officer and federal President of the Theatrical and Amusement Employees’ Association, latterly the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance. He is a long-time associate of the Sydney University school of political economy, and an editor of the Journal of Australian Political Economy.
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 current research study is on the impact of the ‘Trump Shock’ on trade and economic futures in the Asia Pacific. His personal interests include surfing, coordinating and playing tenor saxophone with the BU Sydney program rock band, 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, shared and applied learning. He has also co-authored some Journal articles on sources of brand equity and brand portfolio management. In tandem, Peter is CEO of Australia’s leading agency selection consultancy – Pitch Perfect Advisors.
Peter has been teaching at BU since early 2007, having previously taught a wide range of branding/marketing/advertising subjects at UTS, CSU, and University of Sydney. While his diverse business experience encompasses Australia, NZ & Asia Pacific, and North America where he performed brand, marketing communications and advertising agency business management roles.
Companies with whom Peter has worked include: Aldi Stores, Cadbury, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Domino’s Pizza, General Mills, Hanesbrands Inc., Harris Farm Markets, Mars Inc., McDonald’s, Michael Hill International, NRMA, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, 7-Eleven, Tourism Australia, Unilever, as well as some ‘start-ups’.
Early in his career, Peter lived, worked and studied (part-time) and travelled in North America for almost 8yrs and ever since he has encouraged his staff and students to do likewise. For him, the benefits of personal growth and a ‘global mind-set’ far outweigh any culture shock a person might initially experience.
Peter holds a B Com (Marketing), MBA (International Business), and PhD (Management).
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 Senior Visiting Fellow in history 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 well 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 Australian politics and policy, 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 has become involved in the International Slow Food movement; educating herself and others about good, clean, fair and sustainable produce.
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 is the Managing Director of the Global Directions think tank. He is an economic and social commentator, strategic planner, author and broadcaster.
As a broadcaster, he appears 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.
His first degree was in international relations, economics and international law. His first PhD was on the international law of guerrilla warfare. His second PhD was on the international political economy of the arms race. His third PhD was on scenario planning.
He teaches political science on the Sydney international campus of Boston University, USA.
He is the Director of Studies of the Australian Branch of the International Law Association, and Chair of the International Commission of Jurists (NSW).
Course Coordinator: Mass Media in Australia (CO350, Fall & Spring Semesters)
Michael is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, in the school of Media and Communications). His research topic is Public Service Media (PSM) in Australia: Innovation, diversity and national identity in sports broadcasting.
In 2018 he was awarded a Master’s degree (MA [Research]) from Queensland University of Technology. He is also a graduate, BA Communication Studies, from Murdoch University, Western Australia and studied media and film at Griffith University, Queensland.
Prior to his research, he was a senior executive with Australia’s largest public media organisation (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). For ten years he was ABC Television’s Head of Policy, leading television strategy and adherence to editorial integrity standards.
Having worked in a number of public sector senior executive roles, Michael Ward has detailed knowledge and insight into Australian public policy, especially in media, communications and screen culture. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and business modelling, especially for media operations and processes.
He has worked in Australian screen industry and cultural policy, holding senior positions with federal government agencies, Australian Film Commission and Australian Film Finance Corporation. Before moving to Sydney, he was head of the Western Australian screen development organisation, the Film and Television Institute.
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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