Director, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies/ Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts
My research has been recognised nationally and internationally for both originality and quality, and has had an impact on the field of medieval and renaissance history, opening up new paths for exploring historical cultures. As an educator I am a ‘thinking practitioner’ and focus on student-centred learning, developing strategies of problem-solving and discovery. As Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Monash I work with colleagues, students and international partners to develop further its reputation for world class research, and for equipping postgraduates with the necessary skills to pursue pathbreaking projects. My role as Deputy Dean of Arts gives me the unique opportunity to work with the Dean and Faculty colleagues to promote the growth and excellence of the Faculty in education and research across all disciplines. Our challenge is to transform societal perceptions of the importance of the humanities so that there is a new appreciation of their fundamental role in transforming the human condition.
I hold a PhD in history from Monash University (1991), and have also completed advanced studies in theology through the Melbourne College of Divinity and Corpus Christi College (1972–1980).