Welcoming new staff

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I am delighted to announce the arrival of the following new staff to the SoEd in 2020.

Beginning on January 20, Sophie Fenton joins us as our new Associate Dean, Urban School. Sophie brings a wealth of experience and deep commitment to her new role. She has worked in both higher education (at ACU and Monash) and secondary education, with roles at both Loreto College and Ballarat Grammar. She has taught VCE Global Politics, History and English and served as Chair of Humanities Faculty and Head of Teaching and Learning, winning multiple awards for her teaching, including Australian Teacher of the Year, before establishing her own school in Williamstown.

Most recently Sophie has been the Head of Education Design at Asia Education Foundation (Melbourne University). She is also Co-founder and Director of D-Line Education, an Education consultancy that supports groups and individuals who want to create innovative education opportunities, by cultivating their desire lines for change. If you’ve not had a chance yet to read any of Sophie’s work I invite you to listen to her contribution to ChangeOneThing where she describes her work on human-centred education. I am delighted to welcome Sophie to the School and the Senior Leadership Group.

Also joining the SoEd on January 20 is Genevieve Hall. Like Sophie, Gen has experience in both higher education (having taught ITE at Monash) and secondary education, enabling her to teach in both the MTP and Urban School. With a degree in Law, Gen has taught in both Hong Kong and Melbourne (MLC), with experience across a number of VCE subjects including Legal Studies, Psychology, and Global Politics. Gen recently completed her PhD on activism amongst young people. Her article Actions Speak Louder Than Words provides a good overview of her interest in this area. A warm welcome Genevieve.

David Rousell will be joining the SoEd in March 2020 as Senior Lecturer in Creative Education. David will work closely with Anne Harris and the Creative Agency Lab. Previously David was Senior Lecturer in the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he coordinated the Biosocial Research Lab focusing on sensory and affect studies in education. David’s research combines his interests in process philosophy, ecology, posthumanism, and participatory ethnography with his background as a visual artist, designer, and arts educator. His current book projects include Immersive Cartography: A speculative adventure into research-creation (Routledge) and Climate Change Imaginaries: Encountering the Anthropocene with children and young people (Springer, co-authored with Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles).

We wish David and his family a smooth move back to Australia and welcome him to the SoEd.

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