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Dr Deborah Hill

Deborah Hill is a linguist with teaching and research experience at universities in Australia and Holland. She has had extensive experience teaching intensively in the Faculty's offshore programs in Vietnam and China. Deborah's research interests are the language and culture of Longgu (Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands) and the teaching of English grammar.

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Professor Barbara Pamphilon

Barbara is an expert leading qualitative researcher highly experienced in developing collaborative methods for stakeholder consultation and employing these methods with a wide range consumers, government and non-government organisations in both Australia and in developing countries.

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Professor Francesco Sofo

Francesco Sofo, fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute is professor in adult learning experienced in community and organizational development, building shared leadership, teamwork and empowerment through facilitation and learning.

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Dr Katja Mikhailovich

Associate Professor in community education, community development and health promotion. Her research has been focussed upon marginalised and disadvantaged populations with a particular interest in evaluation research in the areas of mental health, arts for health and community-based health promotion.

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Dr Sandra Heaney-Mustafa

Sandra Heaney-Mustafa has worked at the University of Canberra since 2002 in community education and community development.  Her current teaching and research focus is community development in cross-cultural contexts.

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Professor John Spriggs

Adjunct Professor in agri-business, specialising in trans-disciplinary ways to engage stakeholders to maximise agricultural supply chains and agri-business. He was formerly Professor of Agribusiness at Charles Sturt University and Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Barbara Chambers

Professor Barbara Chambers

Adjunct Professor, and formerly Director of the Institute for Regional Community Development. Her research focuses on strategies for sustainable development and regional capacity building

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Dr Kym Simoncini

Kym is part of the Early Learning STEM Australia Pilot project team and is responsible for the Family App, teacher professional learning and Community of Practice. She has developed several STEM artefacts including

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Dr Philip Roberts

Assistant Professor specialising in rural education. His major ongoing research interest is how teachers situate the curriculum in the communities they serve and how spatial theories are incorporated into educational thinking.

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Dr Jo Caffery

Assistant Professor with over twenty years experience as a linguist and working with Indigenous adults on developing linguistic and cultural programmes across remote Australia.

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John McIntyre John McIntyre is Adjunct Associate Professor in the area of education policy. He has over thirty years of experience in adult and vocational education in policy advocacy, commissioned research for government and the development of programs for professionals in post-compulsory education and training. Further details of publications may be found at