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SCHOOL OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
ART HISTORY AND THEORY
Dr Kit Messham-Muir is an art theorist and museologist in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle whose current research focus is the psychological and emotional dimensions of visualising war.
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.
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.
Dr English's primary research interests lie in the areas of music practices in the 19th century, music and society, Australian music, social Justice and gender studies. She brings a distinct local focus to her work, which developed in her PhD, Music as a Resource for World-Building in Newcastle and its Townships, 1869-1879, which investigated what music afforded Newcastle settler communities in world-building through its effects on body, mind and emotions.
As Professor of Music in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle, Professor Richard Vella, is investigating the economic and cultural value of Australian music exports.
For the Torres Strait Islander (TSI) community, music helps to articulate the concepts and embodied experiences of their lives. Despite its significance to the culture, there is a fragmented and under-developed approach to the documentation and cultivation of music.
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.
The Faculty of Education and Arts welcomes Associate Professor Craig Hight, who joins the University of Newcastle (UON) to lead the development, management and delivery of a new suite of creative industries programs and courses.
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Dr Jordan Smith's doctoral research focused on obesity prevention among disadvantaged adolescent boys, with a particular emphasis on the promotion of resistance training as a hook to get boys re-engaged with physical activity. In partnership with the Department of Education, the school-based fitness program that Jordan helped to develop is currently being implemented in public high schools throughout New South Wales.
COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Associate Professor 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.
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.
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.
A lost culture of frozen people is discovered underwater in the Pacific Ocean. They were frozen in time on the edge of a catastrophic environmental disaster, a crisis that scientists and archaeologists of the future grapple to fully understand. The history of these people had been erased. Who were they, these people of Ardus Unda? What happened to them? Can they be restored to life? Can we learn from their past to inform the present and the future?
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.
Narelle Eather believes encouraging children to be more active is easier than people think - it's all about giving them the right tools.
David has extensive experience in education as a department head, advisor, author and speaker. He was a practising teacher for 17 years, working in the Primary and Secondary sector as a Creative Arts and Drama specialist and currently leads post graduate teacher education. He has and continues to lead Professional Development on Quality Teaching, pedagogy and diverse learning needs.
Nick Riley believes integrating physical activity into core school subjects can improve not only students' health but their behaviour and their academic performance.
Facilitating the acquisition of globally relevant knowledge, beliefs and skills, Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds is seeking to refine the focus of Australian primary school education.
Dr Nisha Thapliyal believes that students, parents and communities should have the power to participate in education reform and redress inequalities in educational opportunity and quality.
The work of Dr Robert Parkes sits at the intersection of history education and public history, underpinned by curriculum theory.
Professor John Fischetti, Head of the School of Education, is focussing his research on finding what gives great teachers that magic touch – how to prepare them to help students really learn. His aim is to produce teachers who are well equipped for a new era in education.
From marines to Masters' students, principals to preservice teachers, Dr Scott Imig is helping educators on both sides of the Pacific to engage in reflective practice and conversations about growth.
Adam is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Education. His research to date has primarily been focused on identifying parenting practices/strategies to best prevent childhood obesity and better understand how parents influence their children’s lifestyle behaviours.
EQUITY IN EDUCATION
International league tables in tertiary education provide useful comparisons about rankings and research outputs – but how do universities perform when it comes to providing equal access?
EQUITY IN EDUCATION
Dr Rachel Buchanan works at uncovering and addressing the equity implications of the increased deployment of educational technologies in all levels of education.
EQUITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Dr Erica Southgate explores the factors that create disadvantage in higher education and creates real world solutions to address them.
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.
HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE
The University of Newcastle's (UON) Professor David Lubans is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow who is delivering a range of innovative school programs designed to upskill teachers in physical education and re-engage teens.
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.
There has been a massive drop in the number of advanced mathematics students in the last decade, accompanied by poor results across all school years. Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez believes this has significant implications for Australia's ability to produce the next generation of engineers, physicists, chemists and software engineers – the innovators we need to skill Australia into the future.
Mentoring using the familiar and effective mantra 'work hard, play hard,' Dr Drew Miller is seeking to promote and produce holistic, evidence-based physical education programs for children and adolescents across the country.
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.
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.