Meet the academic and honorary staff at the School of Theology. Explore their areas of expertise, see which staff are based at your nearest campus, and look up their directory and contact information.

 

Meet our head of school

Associate Professor Joel Hodge

Associate Professor Joel Hodge is the National Head of the School of Theology and a lecturer in systematic theology. He is author of Violence in the Name of God: The Militant Jihadist Response to Modernity (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Resisting Violence and Victimisation: Christian Faith and Solidarity in East Timor (Ashgate/Routledge, 2012). He is co-editor of the book series, Violence, Desire, and the Sacred (Bloomsbury Academic) and Vice-President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association. He has also published in journals such as Modern Theology, Irish Theological Quarterly, International Journal of Practical Theology and South East Asia Research. He was the National Undergraduate Course Coordinator and National Short Courses Coordinator for the School of Theology.

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Meet our deputy head of school

Senior Lecturer Antonia Pizzey

Antonia Pizzey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology. She completed her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at ACU in 2016. Her dissertation focused on the emerging method of Receptive Ecumenism and its connection to Spiritual Ecumenism. Her current research explores the history, meaning and reception of Vatican II's metaphor of the Church as "pilgrim". She is part of the School's Research Centre for Studies of the Second Vatican Council. Her research interests include ecumenism, ecclesiology, Vatican II studies, eschatology, and theological virtues, especially humility and hope. She also serves as a member of the international dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Salvation Army as well as on other ecumenical bodies, such as the National Council of Churches in Australia, Queensland Churches Together, and the Brisbane Archdiocesan Council for Ecumenism and Interreligious Relations.

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Academic staff by location

Browse our School of Theology academic staff members.

Adelaide Leadership Centre

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Dr Jo Laffin

Senior Lecturer, Theology

  • Church History
  • Biblical Studies

Rev. Dr James McEvoy

Senior Lecturer, Systematic Theology

 
  • Catholic Thought and Practice
  • Systematic Theology
  • Practical Theology
  • Sociology of Religion
Reverend Dr Michael Trainor

Senior Lecturer, Theology

 
  • Biblical Studies
  • Interfaith Dialogue

Ballarat Campus

 
Name and position Area of expertise

Dr Margaret Carswell

Senior Lecturer

 

Brisbane Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Professor Pauline Allen

Professor


  • Biblical and Early Christian Studies
  • Patristic Studies
  • Ancient Languages
Dr Ian Elmer

Acting Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

  • Church History
  • Biblical Studies
  • Patristic Studies

Professor Peta Goldburg

Professor

  • Religious Education
Associate Professor Maeve Heaney

VDMF Xavier Chair for Theological Formation

  • Systematic Theology
  • Practical Theology

Dr Peter Ivers

Senior Lecturer

 
Dr David Kirchhoffer

Senior Lecturer

Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre

  • Ethics
  • Practical Theology
Dr Antonia Pizzey

Lecturer

 

Reverend Associate Professor Ormond Rush

Associate Professor

 
  • Catholic Thought and Practice
  • Systematic Theology

Canberra Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Dr Damien Casey

Lecturer

  • Systematic Theology
  • Practical Theology

Melbourne Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Rev Associate Professor Jamie Calder SJ

Associate Professor, Theology

Academic Lead, Ministry Leadership Program

 
Dr Edmund Chia

Senior Lecturer, Theology

  • Systematic Theology
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Practical Theology

Dr Joel Hodge

National Head of School, Theology

  • Systematic Theology
  • Practical Theology
  • Ethics

Professor Robyn Horner

Professor

  • Systematic Theology
  • Phenomenology

Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer

Lecturer, Theology

National Head of School (Theology)

  • Systematic Theology
Professor Clare Johnson

Professor

Director, ACU Centre for Liturgy

  • Liturgy
  • Sacramental Theology

Dr Mary Noseda

Senior, Lecturer

  • Religious Education

Dr Michael P Theophilos

Senior Lecturer

 
  • Biblical and Early Christian Studies
  • Ancient Languages

North Sydney Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Dr Sandie Cornish

Senior Lecturer, Theology

 

Professor Dermot Nestor

Professor

  • Ancient Languages
  • Biblical Studies

Ms Jacqueline Remond 

Professor Ian Young

Professor 

  • Biblical Studies

Strathfield Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

 Dr Zachariah Duke

Core Curriculum Coordinator

 

Mrs Maureen Hemmings

Lecturer 

  • Religious Education

Dr Janine Luttick

Lecturer 

  • Biblical Studies

Dr Jason McFarland

Lecturer

Assistant Director

  • Liturgy
  • Sacramental Theology

Dr Emmanuel Nathan

Director, Research Centre for Studies of the Second Vatican Council Senior Lecturer

  • Biblical Studies
Dr Gareth Wearne

Senior Lecturer

  • Biblical and Early Jewish Studies
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
  • Ancient Languages

Associate Professor Salih Yucel

Fethullah Gulen Chair
Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations

  •  Islamic Studies

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