Tom believes that learning should be informative and a fun experience. He likes nothing more than taking students on the road. His students sample life in Outback New South Wales. He introduces them to the mining community around Broken Hill, and the endless expanses of Eldee Station and the Mundi Mundi Plain.
They ride camels, visit the ghost town of Silverton and meet the indigenous custodians at Lake Mungo National Park. Students explore this and other Australian places and issues as part of Tom’s Australian Idols: Exploring Contemporary Australia unit.
Tom also coordinates the Centre’s undergraduate teaching program. As well as Australian Idols, he teaches across the Centre’s sports units – Sport and Australian Society, A World of Sport and Australian Sports Writing – and the international relations unit, Australia in a Globalizing World.
From Traveller to Traitor: The Life of Wilfred Burchett
Tom is the author of the first scholarly biography of the controversial Australian foreign correspondent, Wilfred Burchett, and with his colleague David Dunstan, a ground-breaking essay on Sir Donald Bradman, published in the internationally acclaimed Cambridge Companion to Cricket.
Recent newspaper and media articles
Heenan, T. 2016. “Why the ‘Essendon 34’ must challenge the CAS Ruling”, The New Daily. http://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/2016/01/22/essendon-challenge-cas-wada-appeal/
Heenan, T. 2016. “How the CAS verdict could cripple the Bombers for years”, The New Daily.
Heenan, T. 2016. “Chris Gayle is a jerk and should be sacked”, The New Daily. http://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/2016/01/06/chris-gayle-jerk-sacked/