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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 Southern Cross University, 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 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
Nadine Cameron Research Officer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Nadine
Leigh Carriage Senior Lecturer 02 6620 3874
School of Arts and Social Sciences Ms

Leigh is one of Australia's leading vocalists, songwriters, vocal educators and public speakers. 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 over a decade Leigh has coordinated the APRA AMCOS Songwriters Seminars with artists such as: Blue King Brown, Hiatus Kaiyote, Lisa Gerard, Rob Hirst, Kerrianne Cox, Nerida Tyson-Chew, The Stiff Gins, Katie Noonan, Jon Hume, 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 USA as well as Wangaratta Jazz and Blues, Brisbane Jazz Festival, East Coast 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. Leigh recently 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. Mixed and mastered in LA by Grammy Award winning Engineer 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.

Leigh recorded a new album Weave, featuring ten original compositions. Mixed by Jim Kelly and Mastered by William Bowden. Several pieces were written for large ensemble with horn and string sections: featuring violinists Lizzy Welsh and Natasha Conrau, cellist Charlotte Jacke, Violist 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. Weave won Album of the Year in the North Coast Entertainment Industry Awards in 2016. 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 Deputy Head of School (Research) +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, Associate Professor 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 widely in academic journals, and he is 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
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
Emma Doolan Lecturer (02) 6620 3146
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr BFineArts (Hons), PhD Emma BFineArts (Hons), PhD Lismore
Fiona Fell Lecturer 612663897
School of Arts and Social Sciences Ms BA(NRCAE), MA(SCU), PhD(Griffith) Fiona BA(NRCAE), MA(SCU), PhD(Griffith) Lismore