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School of Creative Arts

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Professor Frank Millward

Creative Arts, Media And Communication

Professor Frank Millward explores the intersection between fine art, music and theatre making, and how technology is turning the arts into a fertile ground for innovative research.

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Dr Gillian Arrighi

Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies

Dr Gillian Arrighi is interested in the circus, the role of children in the entertainment industry, and the arts/health nexus, particularly the impact creative engagement has on everyday life.  Her research investigates the social significance of the growth of community-based circus and circus skills groups since the 1970s. 

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Professor Richard Vella

Music Composition

Professor Richard Vella is the Director of Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR), a newly launched research group within the Faculty of Education and Arts at The University of Newcastle.

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Dr Philip Matthias

Music Composition

As an organist, composer and choral director, Dr Philip Matthias led the University of Newcastle’s Chamber Choir to a win in the Battle of the Choirs national television series in 2008.  He is now developing a repertoire of liturgical music that is uniquely Australian, including Indigenous music. 

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Associate Professor Rosalind Halton

Music Performance

Associate Professor Rosalind Halton is an accomplished harpsichord player and foundation member of the baroque ensemble Chacona.  She specialises in bringing to performance little-known and often previously unheard works from the vast catalogue of cantatas and serenatas by Italian Baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti.

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Brett Alexander

Visual Arts And Crafts

The idea of making a material transform into something else holds an ongoing fascination for internationally recognised textile artist Brett Alexander.

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School of Education

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Dr Tom Griffiths

Comparative and international education

Dr Tom Griffiths's research centres on comparative educational analyses, including historical and contemporary explorations of policy and practice in context, linked to a world-system level theoretical approach to systems of mass education, their structure, curricula and development.

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Dr Zsuzsa Millei

Curriculum And Pedagogy

Dr Zsuzsa Millei's research examines the way in which constitutions of ‘the child’ and childhood in pre-compulsory education shift in concert with the changing problematizations about the government of population and individuals.

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Professor Allyson Holbrook

Doctoral education

Professor Allyson Holbrook of the Research Training and Transformational Knowledge program looks at the huge intellectual and emotional changes that occur in PhD candidates and what affect these have on their thinking and attrition rates.

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Associate Professor Linda Newman

Early Childhood Education

Associate Professor Linda Newman's far-reaching research in early childhood education is expanding the Faculty of Education and Arts' international footprint.

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Associate Professor David Lubans

Human Movement And Sports Science

Associate Professor David Lubans is focused on understanding the determinants of physical activity and the development and evaluation of interventions in school and community settings.

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Professor Philip Morgan

Human Movement And Sports Science

Professor Philip Morgan’s research program is tackling the obesity epidemic. His work focuses on the impact of school and community based interventions to prevent or treat obesity in child, adolescent and adult populations.

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Professor Ron Plotnikoff

Human Movement and Sports Science

Professor Ron Plotnikoff is Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition which has an interdisciplinary approach to understanding physical activity and nutrition relating to population health strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

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Dr Kathryn Holmes

Mathematics Education

Dr Kathryn Holmes, a former high school mathematics teacher, is helping to provide the next generation of teachers with the expertise and confidence to embrace the digital technology that is revolutionising education.

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Associate Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly

Special Education

Associate Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly's research focuses on the needs of individuals with multiple and severe disability. Communication intervention and behaviour support are two main strands of this research, informed by behaviour state assessment.

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Professor Jenny Gore

Teacher Education

Leading a new era of teacher education and professional development, pedagogy expert, Professor Jenny Gore, is building a world-class model of education excellence that helps support both teachers and students and is influencing government and educational bodies across Australia.

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Dr Nicole Mockler

Teacher Education

Dr Nicole Mockler is interested in the politics of education and the professional identity and practice of teachers. She is interested in the way governments use touchstone issues in education to gain political leverage and how media representation of those issues can create a sense of panic that forces schools into a reactive response.

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School of Humanities and Social Science

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Professor John Germov

Sociology

Professor Germov is a sociologist and widely published author with research interests spanning the social origins of food and alcohol habits, public health nutrition, sociology of obesity and workplace change. His recent work focuses on the historical sociology of wine.

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Professor Mel Gray

Social Work

Under the guidance of Professor Gray, the University of Newcastle was the only university in Australia to receive a '5' rating for social work research in the "Excellence in Research for Australia" (ERA) rankings which are administered by the Australian Research Council.

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Dr Lisa Featherstone

Dr Lisa Featherstone is exploring how in today's digital world, sex pervades our everyday lives like never before. But how did it end up this way and what effect has it had on our society?

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Dr Catriona Malau

Documenting small, regional languages can help them to not only survive, but thrive.

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Dr Åshild Næss

A love of language has taken Dr Åshild Næss to unexpected places.

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Dr Caragh Brosnan

Dr Caragh Brosnan is a researcher in the sociology of health and illness. Her focus is on health care and its value to society, but more fundamentally, the moral and principled human decisions that lie behind the science that governs our health and wellbeing.

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Professor Lyndall Ryan

The story of Professor Lyndall Ryan from Newcastle's Centre for the History of Violence began while documenting the history of Tasmania's convict system.

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Dr Marguerite Johnson

Dr Maguerite Johnson is interested in how stories from Antiquity console us and connect us as humans through the falling in love, the heartbreaks, the sorrow and the celebrations.

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Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds

Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds is on a quest to unearth the real story of Australia's nuclear ambitions

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Professor Hugh Craig

As unlikely as it sounds, literary scholar Professor Hugh Craig has enhanced his appreciation of Shakespeare through statistical analysis.

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Associate Professor Alistair Rolls

Associate Professor is a leading expert on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Literature, the principal English-speaking scholar on the immortalized French writer Boris Vian and is paving the way forward in the field he calls Fetishism Criticism, a discourse which recognizes that two opposing narratives can co-exist while actually refuting each other.

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Associate Professor Debbie Plath

Associate Professor Debbie Plath is a leading human services researcher who takes a practical approach to her work.

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Associate Professor Roland Boer

Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Associate Professor Roland Boer.

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Dr Mark Harvey

Researcher with the Endangered Languages Group at the Faculty of Education and Arts, Dr Mark Harvey, is charmed by times that have passed.

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Dr Daniela Heil

Daniela Heil's anthropological expertise is helping to understand the impact of cultural differences on the health of indigenous communities.

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Dr Trisha Pender

Dr Trisha Pender is leading the charge in the expanding world of research into early modern women's writing.

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Dr Jesper Gulddal

The University of Newcastle's Head of English, Dr Jesper Gulddal, has always been fascinated by travel adventure stories, but gone are the days when fictional characters were footloose and fancy free to navigate a plot's twists and turns on a whim.

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Dr Julie McIntyre

Dr Julie McIntyre's PhD research and subsequent book First Vintage: Wine in colonial New South Wales dig deep into the fertile soil of our winemaking history. Her postdoctoral research extends the application of wine as an historical lens to explore Australian themes of human desire, ambition, innovation and environmental change within global contexts.

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Dr Terry Leahy

Dr Terry Leahy, a University of Newcastle sociologist, is behind a film documenting a permaculture project in Zimbabwe that has changed lives and boosted food security.

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Dr Rebecca Beirne

Dr Rebecca Beirne has devoted her academic pursuits largely to media studies and the representation of queer women in popular culture

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Associate Professor Victoria Haskins

Associate Professor Victoria Haskins' study of Indigenous domestic service policies across two countries is filling a gap in the historical narrative.

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Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Dr Kathleen McPhillips is looking into the murky world of child sexual abuse within the church culture.

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Dr Bronwyn Hemsley

Dr Bronwyn Hemsley's research is helping bypass speech difficulties through the use of mobile technologies and e-health solutions.

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Kim Cheng Boey

Associate Professor Kim Cheng Boey artfully juggles creative writing and the research demands of an academic career.

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Professor Hilary Carey

Professor Hilary Carey's research into the anti-Transportation movement provides new insight into an important aspect of Australia's colonial history.

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Professor Mitchell Dean

Professor Mitchell Dean's areas of speciality are political and historical sociology, critical social and political thought, and governing in liberal democracies.

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Associate Professor Maryanne Dever

Associate Professor Maryanne Dever's research encompasses archival studies, feminist literary and cultural history and digital humanities. Current research projects focus on issues of intimacy and materiality in relation to both research practice (methodology) and to the socio-cultural status of archived objects.

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Dr Bill Palmer

A dedicated team of Newcastle linguists is committed to studying the practical, scientific and cultural significance of dying local languages.

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Professor Dennis Foley

Professor Dennis Foley is equally proud of his contributions as a researcher, an international networker and a teacher.

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Associate Professor Ros Smith

Associate Professor Ros Smith examines the contribution of female writers to the culture of the early modern era.

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Professor Philip Dwyer

Professor Philip Dwyer and his team are leading a fundamental rethinking of violence in the modern world.

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Professor Alison Ferguson

Professor Alison Ferguson is a speech pathology researcher whose specialty is communicative interaction. She explores novel communication strategies for people who have lost speech and language function.

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Professor Lisa Adkins

Professor Lisa Adkins' research interests are in feminist theory and the sociology of gender; social and cultural theory; and economic sociology (especially the sociology of post-industrial economies and the new political economy).

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Professor Pam Nilan

Professor Pam Nilan contributes a unique sociologist's viewpoint to the body of research on youth cultures in the Asia-Pacific region.

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