School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Studying a BA is a mind-opening journey. We find out who we are by engaging with contrasting perspectives shaped by other cultures, religions, literary canons, and politico-geographic distinctions...

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Dr Terence Lee

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Associate Professor, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Qualifications

PhD (Politics), University of Adelaide, 2004
MA (Cultural and Media Policy), Griffith University, 1999
BA (Communication Studies), Murdoch University, 1997

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Biography

Terence Lee is a scholar of Politics and Communication and is the inaugural Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sheridan. He is best known for his writings on Southeast Asian Politics (especially Singapore), media, cultural and Internet governance and discourses surrounding the political thoughts of French philosopher Michel Foucault.

Terence holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Adelaide, MA in Media and Cultural Policy from Griffith University and a BA (1st Class Honours) in Communication Studies from Murdoch University. Before joining academia, he was a Policy Executive with the Singapore Broadcasting Authority and a Journalist with MediaCorp in Singapore. Terence spent 21 year as an academic at Murdoch University, chairing various undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Communication, Media and Journalism and was a long-time Research Fellow of its renowned Asia Research Centre.

From 2013-14, he served as President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), the peak scholarly body of communication and cognate disciplines in our region, and he continues to serve on editorial boards of the following Q1-ranking journals: Communication Research and Practice, Media International Australia, Asian Journal of Communication and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.

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Dr Rajasundram Sathiendrakumar (Kumar)

Professor (Economics), Chair of Academic Council

Qualifications

PhD (Economics), University of Newcastle, 1988
MA (Economics), University of Manchester, UK, 1978
BSc (Honours - Agriculture), University of Ceylon Peradeniya, 1971

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After graduating from the University of Ceylon, Kumar was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies (a Master of Arts in Economics) at the University of Manchester. He returned to Sri Lanka and worked as an economist before migrating to Australia. With a PhD from the University of Newcastle, Kumar embarked on a 25-year-long career lecturing at Murdoch University in Perth. In 2004, he became the foundation professor at Sheridan where he has continued to lecture in the Faculty of Business. Over the course of his life, Kumar has made significant contributions to the community, serving on local and international committees, and working as an economist and consultant for national and international organisations (such as the International Labour Organisation and the Asian Development Bank). He was a member of the Indian Ocean Research Group and the Asia Research Centre and has authored over 70 publications (book chapters, refereed journal articles, and conference papers). His leadership on so many fronts (including Sheridan’s Academic Council) has been invaluable.

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Dr Augusto Zimmermann

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Professor (Law)

Qualifications

PhD (Legal Philosophy), Monash University, 2006
LLM cum laude, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 1999
LLB, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 1996

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Biography

Professor Augusto Zimmermann was born in Brazil, and completed his Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Master of Law (LLM) ast the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. In January 2002, he emigrated to Australia, completing a PhD in Legal Philosophy at Monash University in 2006. In 2007, Dr Zimmermann was invited to join the School of Law at Murdoch University, serving as Lecturer (2007-2011), Senior Lecturer (2011-2017), Director of Postgraduate Research (2011-2012 and 2015-2017) and Associate Dean, Research (2010-2012). During his time at Murdoch University, Dr Zimmermann was awarded Murdoch University's 2012 Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research, and two School Dean's Research Awards, in 2010 and 2011. He has also received the 2013 Law Lecturer of the Year Award from the Murdoch Student Law Society (MSLS), in recognition of the outstanding level of teaching, service and personal contribution he provided to the students of Murdoch Law School.

Professor Zimmermann is an internationally known legal scholar, a prolific writer and author of numerous articles and academic books, and is broadly recognised as one of the nation's strongest proponents of free speech. He is a Former Law Reform Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (2012-2017), and a former Vice-President of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (ASLP). Dr Zimmermann is also the Founder and President of the Western Australian Legal Theory Association (WALTA), Editor-in-Chief of the Western Australian Jurist law journal, and a Fellow at the International Academy for the Study of the Jursisprudence of the Family (IASJF). Dr Zimmermann has been included, together with only twelve other Australian academics and policy experts, in "Policy Experts" - the Heritage Foundation's directory for locating knowledgeable authorities and leading policy institutes actively involved in a broad range of public policy issues, both in the United States and worldwide.

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Dr Jonathan James

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Senior Lecturer (Leadership, Christian Studies)

Qualifications

PhD (Communications), Edith Cowan University, 2008
MA (Literary and Biblical Studies), Biola University, 1980
MA (Communications and Mass Media), Columbia College, 1978
BA (English Literature and Philosophy), University of Singapore, 1975

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Dr. Jonathan D. James is a researcher and writer on media, religion, politics, and culture. His research interests include cultural globalisation, the social effects of new media, new religious movements, international relations, and security studies.

With an early education in Singapore, and later trained in media and communications in the USA, Jonathan James is currently Senior Lecturer at Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and adjunct lecturer at Edith Cowan University. He also serves as a consultant, lecturer, and guest speaker in the Asia-Pacific region. His articles have appeared in refereed journals in Australia, the UK, and North America, including The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, and Studies in World Christianity and Continuum: Journal of Media and Culture.

Jonathan is the author of various books including Transnational Religious Movements: Faith’s Flows (Sage, 2017).

Teaching Areas

Christian Studies
Sociology
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Communications

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Dr Joshua Esler

 

Lecturer (Asian Studies, Sociology)

Qualifications

PhD (Asian Studies), University of Western Australia, 2015
HDR Preliminary (Asian Studies), University of Western Australia, 2009
BA (French and English), Edith Cowan University, 2005

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Although he doesn’t consider himself a linguist, Joshua probably speaks the greatest number of languages on campus. He has always been curious about linguistic and cultural differences, having lived in the Middle East as well as South and East Asia. He studied Hebrew in Israel, and then French and English at Edith Cowan University in Perth. Later, he completed a PhD in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia, with a focus on Chinese Studies. After doctoral studies, he taught in South Korea at Woosong University, before returning to join the faculty at Sheridan. Currently learning Sanskrit and Tibetan, Joshua brings a wealth of experience to a multitude of HASS units covering history, sociology, religion, and Chinese. His particular area of expertise is the spread and influence of Tibetan Buddhism in Chinese societies – the theme of his recent book. Joshua also organises Sheridan’s biennial Indian Ocean Studies Conference, actively promoting research into these respective languages and religions.

Teaching Areas

Sociology, History, Religious Studies, Chinese Studies

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Dr Miriam Wei Wei Lo

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Lecturer (Creative Writing)

Qualifications

PhD (English - Creative Writing), University of Queensland, 2003
MA (English), University of Queensland, 1999
BA (Honours 1st Class - English), University of Western Australia, 1997

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Miriam is intrigued by creative expression. She is especially interested in how people navigate complex identities, including the dimension of faith. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia and her postgraduate studies at the University of Queensland. Her first poetry collection won the Western Australian Premier’s Prize. Since then, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals (both print and online), in public artwork, in short video online, and in ekphrastic collaborations with visual artists. A keen practitioner, Miriam regularly attends local readings and has been a guest reader at various poetry events and festivals (online and in-person), including the Perth Poetry Festival. She is excited by the publishing and networking possibilities that exist in the expanding digital universe and is committed to learning by doing. She leads Creative Writing Hub – a free community writing group that facilitates writing and feedback for writers at any stage of the journey – and loves to learn and grow with other writers. On-campus, she pours 19 years of industry experience into her Creative Writing lectures and workshops. Her research interests include Asian diaspora cultural production and the feedback process in creative writing pedagogy.

Professional associations

CCL (Conference on Christianity and Literature)

WA Poets Inc.

Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)

Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)

Awards and recognition

Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Poetry (2005)

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Leei Sung (Wong)

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Lecturer (Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies)

Qualifications

MA (Chinese), University of New England, 2014
PGradDipEd (Secondary), Nanyang Technology University, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 1997
BA (Honours - Language and Area Studies), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 1996
CELTA
CertTh, Morling College, 2011
PhD Candidate, University of New England

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Mrs Leei Sung (Wong) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Language and Area Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and was awarded Honours from Singapore Public Service Commission - Japan Monbusho Scholarship (5 years). Mrs Sung subsequently worked for 10 years as an Education Officer at the Ministry of Education Language Centre (MOELC) in Singapore, where she was involved in curriculum design and development, teaching, and country immersion programs for foreign languages. In 1997, she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Nanyang Technological University, in the National Institution of Education in Singapore. After migrating to Australia in 2008, she volunteered as a teaching assistant at Ellenbrook Christian College, before starting a private tutoring service using the Kumon Maths and Reading educational method. Mrs Sung completed a Certificate in Theology at Morling College in 2011, and a Masters of Arts in Chinese at the University of New England in 2014, and is currently undertaking her doctorate at the University of New England School of Arts.

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Joshua Forrester

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Lecturer (Law, Political Science)

Qualifications

LLB First Class Honours, University of Western Australia, 2003
BA First Class Honours (Politics and International Studies), Murdoch University,1999
PhD (Law) Candidate, Murdoch University

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Joshua graduated with first class honours in Politics and International Studies from Murdoch University. He later graduated with first class honours in law from the University of Western Australia. He has written extensively about the freedom to communicate about government and political matters implied from the Australian Constitution, including its relationship with executive power and with religious freedom.

Joshua is the editor of The Western Australian Jurist, a journal about legal and political theory.

Teaching Areas

Political Science, Business Law

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Alison Dench

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Lecturer (Academic Writing Support)

Qualifications

MA (Applied Linguistics), Curtin University, 2003.
BEd (Primary), Curtin University, 1997.
BTh (Missions), Alliance College of Theology, 1988.
DipTeach (Primary), Curtin University, 1980. 

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Ali started work as a primary-school teacher in an isolated, iron ore mining town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She changed direction, four years later, by undertaking a Bachelor of Theology. This launched her into a new career as an overseas missionary. In both the Philippines and northern Mongolia, she studied the local language, helped plant churches, wrote curriculum material, and taught English from Beginner to Advanced levels. She expanded her love of language by completing a Master of Applied Linguistics at Curtin University in 2003.

After more than 20 years of working abroad, Ali returned to Perth in 2013. She taught all levels of English at Stacey College for three years and then joined the HASS faculty at Sheridan. On campus, Ali delivers the first-year research unit, lectures in Linguistics, and provides Academic English support for staff and students alike. Her passion is translanguaging. She is still part of an international editing team who work on language documents for south-east Asia.

Teaching Areas

Academic skills, Academic English support

Dr Emanuel Audisho

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Professor (Arabic Studies)

Qualifications

PhD (Arabic Literature), Mosul University, 1994
MA (Biblical Studies), Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2000
MA (Arabic Poetry), Mosul University, 1988
BA (Education), Baghdad University, 1969

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Dr John Davis

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Adjunct Lecturer (Geography)

Qualifications

PhD (Sustainability and Technology Policy), Murdoch University, 2015
MSc (Natural Resource Management), University of Western Australia, 1997
BD, Melbourne College of Divinity, 1991
BSc (Agriculture), W. Aust., 1977

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Dr Peter Elliott

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Adjunct Lecturer (History, Christian Studies)

Qualifications

PhD (Church History), Murdoch University, 2010
MTh Honours (Church History), Murdoch University, 2002
BDiv, Murdoch University, 1996
BA (English Literature), Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University), 1976

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Dr Jerome Jeffison Ofori

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Adjunct Lecturer (Geography)

Qualifications

PhD (Human Geography), University of Adelaide, 2019
MSc (Natural Resource Management), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2013
BA First Class Honours (Geography and Resource Development), University of Ghana, 2010

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Jerome is a trained human geographer whose research explores the interface between extractive industries and sustainable community development drawing from political ecology approaches. 

“Achieving equity in sustainable development means that the benefits and burdens of development, including the exploitation of natural resources, are widely accessible and distributed fairly across different facets of society. The task of the human geographer in building a socially just society includes highlighting social inequities and proffering sustainable solutions”.

Jerome’s research thus examines vulnerability, marginalisation and socioeconomic transformations of rural mining communities through the exploitation and use of high-value natural resources.

Jerome has over 5 years of research experience in the extractive industries as a social performance and community engagement specialist. He has been teaching in the area of human geography for several years and is open to consultancy work and supervision of students.

Jerome obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography (First Class Honours) from the University of Ghana. He holds a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway) and a PhD from the University of Adelaide (Australia). Prior to joining Sheridan, he worked in different roles with a number of organisations including The Legatus Group, Independent Social Performance, University of Ghana and University of Adelaide among others. 

Jerome has published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Extractive Industries and Society, Social Justice Research and Society and Natural Resources. As a member of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG), Jerome has presented papers and organised conference sessions at the institute’s annual conferences.

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Dr Daniel Patterson

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Adjunct Lecturer (Christian Studies, Sociology)

Qualifications

PhD (Theology), University of Aberdeen, 2017
MA (Systematic and Philosophical Theology), University of Nottingham, 2013
MDiv, Trinity Theological College, 2009
MEd, James Cook University, 2006
BEd, James Cook University, 2004

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Dr Jennifer Skerritt

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Adjunct Lecturer (History, Ancient History)

Qualifications

PhD (Ancient History), University of Western Australia, 1999
MA (Archaeology), University College London, [date]
BA Honours, University of Western Australia, [date]

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Dr Sandra Williamson

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Adjunct Lecturer (Geography)

Qualifications

PhD (Botany), University of the Witwatersrand, 2015
MSc (Geographic Information Systems), Curtin University, 2020?
MSc (Botany), University of the Witwatersrand, 1994
BSc Honours (Botany - Plant Systematics), 1990

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Liana Luyt

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Adjunct Lecturer (Education)

Qualifications

GradDipEd (Primary), Edith Cowan University, 2011
BCommPath (Speech-Language Therapy and Audiology), University of Pretoria, 1999
EdD Candidate, Murdoch University

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Melinda Tognini

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Adjunct Lecturer (Creative Writing, Family History)

Qualifications

MA (Writing), Edith Cowan University, 2012
BA Honours (Creative Writing), Edith Cowan University, 2007
GradDipEd (English), Edith Cowan University, 1993
BA (Creative Writing), Curtin University, 1991
Diploma of Family History, University of Tasmania, 2019
PhD Candidate, Curtin University

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Melinda Tognini creative work has been published in anthologies in Australia and the US. Developed from her Master of Arts thesis, her first book, Many Hearts, One Voice: the story of the War Widows’ Guild in Western Australia was published by Fremantle Press in 2015. Her teaching draws on twenty-five years of industry experience and a heart for mentoring other writers and family historians. Outside the classroom, she works part-time for Writing WA, which advocates for and resources the writing community, and is actively involved in other community-based family history and writing organisations. Melinda is currently a PhD candidate at Curtin University, exploring the form and structure of life writing that explores complex social issues.

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Creative writing, family history

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Sharon An

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Adjunct Lecturer (Linguistics)

Masters in Applied Linguistics (TESOL), University of Melbourne, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics), University of Western Australia, 2010
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary – TESOL/LOTE), Curtin University, 2007
Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies – TESOL/Korean), Curtin University, 2006

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Sharon’s undergraduate degree was in Asian Studies where she took a double major in Korean and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She extended her knowledge in both these areas by adding a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary). A career in TESOL has provided her with a wealth of teaching experience. She has helped students with vocational English and literacy as well as provided higher-education support (including Academic English bridging courses) on tertiary campuses. Sharon has also worked in the faculty of Media, Creative Arts, and Social Inquiry. Ever passionate about language, Sharon found time to combine work and further study – completing a Graduate Diploma in pure Linguistics and a Master of Applied Linguistics. Now, a treasured member of Sheridan’s HASS faculty, she is pouring her enthusiasm into designing and delivering units in Linguistics.

Teaching Areas

Linguistics

Michael Randall

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Adjunct Lecturer (Linguistics)

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Andrew Lansdown

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Adjunct Lecturer (Creative Writing)

Qualifications

GradDipEd (English/Social Science), Edith Cowan University, 1984
BA (Honours) (Comparative Literature), Murdoch University, 1978
BA (English), Curtin University, 1976

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Poetry, Christian Writing

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Shelley Turnbull

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Lecturer (Creative Writing)

Qualifications

GradDipEd (English), University of Western Australia, 1994
Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing/Literature), Curtin University, 1992

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