ACU appoints dean of Theology and Philosophy

Friday, 3 July 2009

1 July 2009: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has appointed Professor Anne Hunt as Faculty Dean of Theology and Philosophy.

Professor Anne Hunt Professor Anne Hunt

ACU’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy was established this year. The Faculty has a distinctive role in fostering an ever deeper understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition through its research, scholarship and teaching in the areas of Theology and Philosophy and to making explicit the values and beliefs which lie at the heart of the University.

The recent appointment of Professor Hunt as Faculty Dean makes her the first woman at a Catholic university in Australia to become Dean of Theology.

Professor Hunt has been Rector of ACU’s Ballarat Campus (Aquinas) since 2002 while continuing her academic roles as lecturer, thesis supervisor and examiner.

“I’m honoured to be appointed to the role of Dean of this new and exciting Faculty of Theology and Philosophy,” she said.

“I am looking forward to assisting theology and philosophy to thrive and flourish within ACU - these two disciplines lie at the very heart of what we strive to be and do as a distinctly Catholic university.”

“Theology is one of the great loves of my life and I feel very privileged to serve the University, the Church, and theological education more broadly in this way.

“I particularly look forward to collaborating closely with other theological education providers, nationally and internationally, to promote and advance theological education in Australia.”

Professor Hunt has been awarded Bachelor’s degrees in Science, Education and Theology, Master’s qualifications in Theology (Catholic Theological Union, Chicago) and Educational Administration (Fordham University) and a Doctorate in Theology (DTheol) from the Melbourne College of Divinity. Her scholarly record includes publication of four books in the field of trinitarian theology, with a fifth to be published next year, and numerous commercially published book chapters and refereed journal articles.

Professor Hunt was recognised with an Order of Australia medal in 2005 for her service to education as an administrator and teacher and to the community through a range of sporting, church and welfare organisations.