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David Cashman Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr David Lismore
Martin Chatterton Adjunct Senior Lecturer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Mr Martin Lismore
Moya Costello Adjunct Lecturer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Introduction

I arrived at SCU just before 2008?s first semester and ended my continuing position late 2017. I am currently an adjunct/casual lecturer. I am a writer and have worked as an editor. I?ve taught semester-long writing subjects at the University of Canberra (a subject I wrote) online, the University of Adelaide (a subject I wrote), and Flinders University. I have given single seminars at the universities of Western Sydney and South Australia. I have taught writing at TAFE and to community groups.


Grants and Awards

- Australia Council and Arts SA writing grants

- Varuna and Barbara Hanrahan Fellowships >

- Writer-in-Residence, Monash University

- guest: Sydney, Melbourne, Byron, Yamba, Gold Coast and Bellingen Writers Festivals. I launched my first book at the Adelaide Festival Writers Week, on the committee 1998-2000 and judged the Festival/Premier?s nonfiction award.

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

Creative Production

Books: two collections of short fiction and two novellas published. Numerous short creative prose pieces published in anthologies (including Trangressions from Penguin and Picador New Writing ) and literary journals (including Meanjin ). Edited a number of anthologies. Write short creative and creative nonfiction prose (short fiction, prose poems, essays, catalogue essays, fictocriticism).

Scholarly Production

(please see the link above for papers):

- the Australian writer Murray Bail

- ecocriticism

- fabric and affect with Dr Denise Rall

- art writing (also with Dr Rob Garbutt)

- home (with SASS colleagues)

- food and wine (also with Dr Steve Evans)

- creative-writing pedagogy

- intertextuality

- experimental writing

- the gothic (also with Tessa Chuddy and Dr Nell Cook)


Introduction to Creative Writing, Prose, Writing Genre, Writing from the Edge, Writing Short Stories, Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing, Food and Wine Writing, Introduction to Editing and Publishing, and supervised in Independent and Writing Projects.


PhDs: as principal one Masters and five PhDs, co-supervised three (two at the University of Adelaide), and currently co-supervising 1 PhD. Subject matter: writing and visual art, scriptwriting, Atlantic salve trade, Picasso, Gothic/Noir, storytelling and community transformation. Examined several PhDs and Masters (from universities of Canberra, New South Wales, Western Sydney, Adelaide, Victoria, Deakin and RMIT).

Honours: Supervised four theses to first-class, and three more. Subject matter: children?s writing, experimental writing, digital technologies (and realism and familial relationships), film script (non-horror serial murder), and short stories (community/place/loss). Examined several theses from Griffith University, the University of Adelaide, SCU etc.

Community Engagement

- Member of now defunct Arts and Culture Policy Advisory Group, Lismore City Council, Friends Lismore Regional Gallery (for whom I have written a catalogue essay), Byron Writers Festival, and informal Lismore Wine Club, Station Hotel.

- Read/perform my work at various venues.

- Chair numerous sessions at the Brisbane, Bellingen and Bryon Bay Writers Festivals.

- Write a wine review column for the Northern Rivers Echo 2009-2010 and The Village Journal (2012-present).

- Organised/co-organised eight readings in the Northern Rivers. DipEd(SydTC), BA(Syd), GradDipMedia(VC), MA(Deakin), PhD(Adel) Moya DipEd(SydTC), BA(Syd), GradDipMedia(VC), MA(Deakin), PhD(Adel) Lismore
Jan Davis Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences Adjunct Assoc Prof DipPEd(Melb), GradDip(FineArt)(PIT), MA(FineArts)(SCU) Jan DipPEd(Melb), GradDip(FineArt)(PIT), MA(FineArts)(SCU) Lismore
Jon Fitzgerald Adjunct Associate Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences Associate Professor BA(Qld), BMus(Qld), PhD(SCU) Jon BA(Qld), BMus(Qld), PhD(SCU) Lismore
Michael Hannan Adjunct Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Michael Hannan established the Contemporary Music program at Southern Cross University. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.


Hannan studied musicology at the University of Sydney and was awarded a PhD in 1979. In 1980 he undertook postgraduate studies in music composition with Peter Sculthorpe, with whom he had also worked as a composition assistant from 1969 to1971 and in collaborations throughout the 1970s. In 1983 he received a Fulbright Postdoctoral Award which enabled him to work for a year in the Program in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While at UCLA Hannan also studied composition with Elaine Barkin.


Michael Hannan has written over seventy works for concert hall, stage and screen, including electronic and experimental works and works involving improvisation. He has issued a CD of his experimental piano interior works, Terrains, on Tall Poppies Records (2000), and he composed the songs and many of the soundscapes for the Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA)'s major music theatre production, The Flood (2004).

He is the sole author of three books, Peter Sculthorpe: His Music and Ideas 1929-1979 (University of Queensland Press, 1982), The Australian Guide to Careers in Music (UNSW Press, 2003) and The Music of Richard Meale (Wildbird, 2014). His main areas of published research activity are in:
  • Screen music and sound (particularly in Australian feature films)
  • Work practices of musicians
  • The education of professional musicians
  • The Beatles' music
  • Arts practice-based research
  • Music of Peter Sculthorpe, Richard Meale and Ross Edwards
  • Local music cultures

Michael Hannan has supervised 10 PhD and 4 Masters by Research projects to completion. These cover a broad topic range, including popular songwriting, contemporary a cappella music, electronic dance music, contemporary music theatre, new music composition, third stream jazz, ambient music, multimedia, intermedia frottage and music production. Most of his research students have done composite theses, combining a creative or performance project with a written contextualising paper (exegesis).


Hannan has received a variety of grants and awards including:

  • ARC Linkage-Project Grant (co-chief investigator with Professor Paul Thom and industry partner, Lyndon Terracini) Regional performing arts: theory, practice and policy ($87, 384 for 2003)
  • ARC Discovery -Project Grant (co-chief investigator with Dr. Rebecca Coyle and Professor Philip Hayward). Music production and technology in Australian Film: enabling Australian film to embrace innovation. ($136, 125 for period 2007-2010)

Hannan was a member of the Music Board of the Australia Council from 1999 to 2002 and Chair of the Music Council of Australia from 2002 to 2004. He was a member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician from 2004-2010, and was its Chair, 2004- 2006 and 2008-2010. DipMusComp(Syd), BA(Syd), PhD(Syd) Michael DipMusComp(Syd), BA(Syd), PhD(Syd) Lismore
Richard Hil Adjunct Professor 07 5506 9317
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Richard is a qualified teacher and social worker. He worked for a number of years as a social worker (mainly in child protection) and researcher (mainly in probation and after-care, and social work). Richard has taught previously at the University of York (Department of Sociology) (UK), James Cook University (Department of Social Work and Community Welfare), University of the Sunshine Coast (Faculty of Arts), and Queensland University of Technology (School of Justice Studies, Faculty of Law). He has also been a visiting fellow at the University of Luton and visiting scholar at the University of British Colombia. Richard?s main research interests are as follows: ? Child and family welfare ? Juvenile justice ? Criminology ? Peace and conflict studies ? State crime Current research projects include: ? An analysis of the semiotics of apology in respect of the ?Forgotten Australians? ? Analysis of the status of recommendations contained in the Senate Inquiry report (2004) into the ?Forgotten Australians? ? Update of book on Iraqi civilian casualties ? Inquiry into tine the post-2003 Iraqi Diaspora DipSocStud(Southampton), BA(Hons)(Essex), MSc(Bristol), PhD(Luton) Richard DipSocStud(Southampton), BA(Hons)(Essex), MSc(Bristol), PhD(Luton) Lismore
Louise Holdsworth Adjunct Lecturer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr PhD(SCU) Louise PhD(SCU) Lismore
Jo Kijas Adjunct Fellow
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Jo Kijas is a public historian and adjunct lecturer at Southern Cross University. Jo?s research and consultancies have been in environmental, community and regional history, specialising in oral history practice and methodology. She established the history major at SCU in 1995 before leaving the region in 2000. Her PhD was on a history of internal migration and place contestation in northern NSW. Since 2002 Jo has built her consultancy business, Kijas Histories, including eight published commissioned histories (with five National Trust and Museums & Galleries awards) and over twenty reports and articles. Working as part of a dynamic team on her return to the region, she was the historian who designed and developed content for the extensive Lismore City Council?s heritage interpretation walk `The Wilson River Story Sites?. For the past eight years Jo has been an adjunct professor at Capella University in the USA, supervising PhD students. She has continued unit development and casual teaching at SCU over the past 15 years, returning to internal teaching in 2015. BA(hons)(Adelaide), GradDip(Ab'lStudies)(SACAE), Masters(Arts)(UniMelbourne), PhD(UTS) Jo BA(hons)(Adelaide), GradDip(Ab'lStudies)(SACAE), Masters(Arts)(UniMelbourne), PhD(UTS) Lismore
Anneli Knight Adjunct Lecturer
School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr PhD(VU) Anneli PhD(VU) Lismore