Researcher elected Fellow of prestigious academy

Published: Monday 21st December 2015

Dr Wendy Mayer from the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies has joined distinguished company, becoming the fourth ACU researcher elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities.

Dr Mayer was among 23 academics from universities across Australia unveiled as the latest Fellows elected to the Academy earlier this month, which aims to advance knowledge of, and the pursuit of excellence in, the humanities in Australia for the benefit of the nation.

Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on the prolific and influential bishop and preacher John Chrysostom and an expert in the field of early Christian studies, Dr Mayer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Early Christian Studies, within the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

Dr Mayer said the honour further solidified the position of the Centre for Early Christian Studies as a research leader.

“Not only is this a personal honour, in that my research has just been recognised as promoting Australian scholarship at an elite level both nationally and internationally, but it also affirms the outstanding quality of the researchers within the Centre for Early Christian Studies at ACU,” Dr Mayer said.

“I am the fourth member of the Centre to be elected to the Academy, along with Professor David Sim, Professor Pauline Allen, and Dr Bronwen Neil. Having four Fellows in the discipline areas of Religion and Classics gives weight to ACU's presence in the Academy.”

Established by Royal Charter in 1969, the Academy is constituted by a body of more than 500 elected Fellows who are leaders and experts in the broad disciplinary groups which share a common and central concern with human behaviour and culture including: Archaeology; Asian Studies; Classical Studies; Cultural and Communication Studies; English; European Languages and Cultures; History; Linguistics; Philosophy and the History of Ideas; Religion; and The Arts.