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Barbara Rugendyke Dean and Head of School 66269161
School of Arts and Social Sciences Professor PhD (UNE) Barbara PhD (UNE) Lismore
Leticia Anderson Lecturer 02 6620 3790
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr In her role as Lecturer in Humanities at SU, Leticia primarily teaches in the area of Cultural Studies. Leticia has a dual research speciality in inclusive and transformational higher education and on race relations and Islamophobia in contemporary Australian society. Her current research is particularly focussed on strategies for connecting cultural competence to social justice curricula, and on evaluating representations of Islam and Muslims in press reporting during Australian election campaigns. Leticia formerly worked as an academic at the University of Sydney for ten years, most recently as a Lecturer at the National Centre for Cultural Competence. Leticia had also previously served as Degree Director for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney?s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Prior to commencing her academic career, Leticia worked in the Indigenous rights and reconciliation movement, including as Executive Officer for the NSW Reconciliation Council. BA (Hons) (Sydney), GradCertEdStud (Sydney), PhD (Sydney) Leticia BA (Hons) (Sydney), GradCertEdStud (Sydney), PhD (Sydney) Lismore
Darren Bryant Associate Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) 02 66 20 3892
School of Arts and Social Sciences Mr BA(UNE), BVA(Griffith), MA(SCU) Darren BA(UNE), BVA(Griffith), MA(SCU) Lismore
Leigh Carriage Lecturer 02 6620 3874
School of Arts and Social Sciences Ms

Leigh is one of Australia's leading vocalists, songwriters and contemporary vocal educators. In 2009 Leigh was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning by the Vice Chancellor. The Citations recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning.

Since 1999 Leigh has been the coordinator of a Visiting Artists mentoring program for Women in Contemporary Music and more recently has developed an innovative website. The website shows the vibrant, creative and diverse contribution women musicians have made to Australian music and culture, including graduates and students from Southern Cross University. In a regional area especially, women students in non-traditional areas often lack support, and this website is one way of providing them with information, resources, contacts, mentors, and inspiration.

For the past decade Leigh has coordinated the APRA AMCOS Songwriters Seminars with artists such as: Rai Thistlethewaite, Blue King Brown, Rob Hirst, Lisa Gerard, Nerida Tyson-Chew, The Stiff Gins, Lucie Thorne, Katie Noonan, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jon Hume, Kerrianne Cox, Elana Stone, Neil Murray and Mia Dyson. The overall design is that Australian Songwriters are invited to discuss their individual and or collaborative approaches to songwriting.

Other festival performances include the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival as well as Brisbane Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots, Woodford Folk Festival, Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival and Mullum Music Festival, Sydney's Newport and Manly Festivals. Recently Leigh performed with her quartet at the Brisbane Festival in the famous Spiegeltent, along with two of Australia's most widely recognised jazz exports, Jamie Oehlers and Paul Grabowsky.

Research interests include vocal performance, vocal improvisation techniques, vocal artistry, vocal pedagogy and vocal recording. In 2015 at the International Jazz Voice Conference, Helsinki Finland, Leigh presented research on 'Hybridity in the music of Youn Sun Nah: New directions in jazz vocal style'. Leigh is currently engaged in researching and composing for her Ph.D. in Composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University, in particular the hybridity of interactions in music collaboration. In 2013, Leigh recorded two albums in Sydney at Studio 301, an original album Mandarin Skyline featuring Hamish Stuart, Jonathan Zwartz, Phil Slater, Matt McMahon, Sam Keevers, Steve Russell and Matt Smith the album has just arrived back from LA where it was mixed and mastered by Helik Hadar. A ten track jazz album was also recorded featuring Brendan Clarke, Hamish Stuart, Steve Russell, Matt Smith. Mandarin Skyline was nominated for a National Bell Award in 2014.

This year Leigh recorded a new album of ten original compositions in Melbourne with engineer Niko Schauble. Several pieces were written for large ensemble - horn and string sections: featuring violinists Lizzy Welsh and Natasha Conrau, cellist ? Charlotte Jacke, Violaist ? Anna Webb, tenor saxophonist ? Julien Wilson, soprano saxophonist ? Carl Mackey, alto saxophonists ? Angela Davis and Tony Buchannan, baritone saxophonist ? Phil Noy, tenor saxophonist ? Carlo Barbaro, bassist ? Frank Di Sario, pianist Steve Russell, drummer - Danny Fischer and guitarist - Stephen Magnusson. This new work is to be released in September this year. BA(UNE-NR), BContempMus(Hons)(SCU) Leigh BA(UNE-NR), BContempMus(Hons)(SCU) Lismore
Angela Coco Senior Lecturer 0266203038
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr For CV and other information view ePublications Page. CELTA(Cam), DipT(BCAE), BA(Hons)(UQ), PhD(UQ) Angela CELTA(Cam), DipT(BCAE), BA(Hons)(UQ), PhD(UQ) Lismore
Grayson Cooke Associate Professor +61 2 6620 3839
School of Arts and Social Sciences Associate Professor Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and media artist, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Grayson has presented media art and live audio-visual performance works in Australia and internationally, and he has exhibited and performed in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Arts Festival, NeMaf in Seoul, VIDEOFORMES in France, TIVA in Taipei, and the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo. As a scholar he has published 20+ articles in academic journals. He is also an associate editor for the online peer-reviewed journal Transformations. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal.

>>> Visit Grayson's personal website: BA(Hons)(VUW), PhD(Concordia) Grayson BA(Hons)(VUW), PhD(Concordia) Lismore
Moya Costello Lecturer in Creative Writing +61 2 6620 3146
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Introduction

I arrived at SCU just before 2008?s first semester. I am a writer and have worked as an editor. I?ve taught semester-long writing subjects at the University of Canberra online and the University of Adelaide (subjects I wrote), and Flinders University. I have given single seminars at the universities of Western Sydney, South Australia, Adelaide. I have taught writing to TAFE and community groups.


Grants and Awards

- a recipient of Australia Council and Arts SA writing grants

- awarded a Varuna and the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship (Arts SA)

- a Writer-in-Residence at Monash University

- a guest at Byron, Sydney, Melbourne, Yamba, Bellingen, Gold Coast Writers' Festivals. Launched Small Ecstasies at an Adelaide Festival Writers Week. On the 1998-2000 Adelaide Writers Week committee and judged the Festival/Premier?s award for nonfiction.

- judged several awards including the Bank SA short-story award and Friendly Street Poetry awards.

Creative Production

Books: short fiction: Kites in Jakarta; Small Ecstasies (Sea Cruise;UQP); novellas: The Office as a Boat; Harriet Chandler (Brandl & Schlesinger; Short Odds Publications). Many short creative prose pieces published in anthologies (including Trangressions (Penguin) and Picador New Writing ) and literary journals (including Meanjin). I have edited a number of anthologies. I write short creative and creative nonfiction prose (short fiction, prose poems, essays, catalogue essays, fictocriticism) and novellas.

Scholarly Production

My research interests (please see the link above for papers):

- Australian writer Murray Bail

- ecocriticism

- fabric and affect with Dr Denise Rall

- art writing (also with Dr Rob Garbutt)

- home (with SASS colleagues)

- food, specifically wine (also with Dr Steve Evans)

- creative-writing pedagogy

- intertextuality

- experimental writing

- subtropical regional Australian gothic (also with Tessa Chuddy and Dr Nell Cook)


I teach/have taught:

Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices, Writing Genre, Writing from the Edge, Food and Wine and Short Story Writing, Introduction to Editing and Publishing, Independent/Writing Project, Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing.


PhDs: Supervised/supervising 8 PhDs as principal (co-supervised 2 UniAdelaide, 1 SCU), in writing and visual art, scriptwriting, SF, storytelling and community transformation, noir/gothic, slavery, ecocriticism. Completed 5 as principal supervisor. Examined 5 PhDs and several Masters (Universities of Canberra, New South Wales, Western Sydney, Victoria, Curtin and Adelaide).

Honours: supervised/am supervising 6 theses in children?s and experimental writing, digital technologies (relationships), film script (non-horror serial murder), short stories (loss), ecocriticism, David Foster Wallace. Examined several theses from Griffith University, the University of Adelaide, SCU etc.

Community Engagement

- Formerly on Arts and Culture Policy Advisory Group, Lismore City Council.

- Read/perform my work at various venues.

- Chair sessions: Brisbane, Bellingen and Bryon Writers Festivals.

- Wrote wine column, Northern Rivers Echo, 2009-2010. 2012- Village Journal.

- Member: Lismore Regional Gallery (written one catalogue essay; organised four readings), Northern Rivers Writers Centre, the informal Lismore Station Hotel Wine Club.

- Co-organised and read at the opening event of the inaugural Lennox Head Poetry Festival. DipEd(SydTC), BA(Syd), GradDipMedia(VC), MA(Deakin), PhD(Adel) Moya DipEd(SydTC), BA(Syd), GradDipMedia(VC), MA(Deakin), PhD(Adel) Lismore
Sandy Darab Senior Lecturer (02) 6620 3028
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr BA(Hons)(N'cle), PhD(N'cle) Sandy BA(Hons)(N'cle), PhD(N'cle) Lismore
Fiona Fell Lecturer 0266203897
School of Arts and Social Sciences Ms BA(NRCAE), MA(SCU) Fiona BA(NRCAE), MA(SCU) Lismore
Rob Garbutt Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) 02 6620 3350
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr PhD(SCU) Rob PhD(SCU) Lismore