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

Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer, National Head of School (Theology)

Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer is the National Head of School (Theology) in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and a researcher in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) at the Melbourne Campus. Before joining ACU in 2011, he earned his doctorate in theology from the University of St Michael’s College in Toronto. He is a chief investigator in the major research program Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic.

Read Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer’s profile

Meet our deputy head of school

Associate Professor Michael Buchanan, Deputy Head of School (Theology)

Associate Professor Michael T Buchanan is the National Deputy Head of School (Theology) in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and immediate past Editor of Religious Education Journal of Australia. He has extensive educational experience in secondary schools and his areas of curriculum expertise include: Religious Education, Legal Studies, History, Middle School Commerce and Teaching English to Speakers of Languages (TESOL). He has also held senior leadership positions in Administration, Religious and Faith Leadership.

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Academic staff by campus

Browse our School of Theology academic staff members by campus.

North Sydney Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Professor Dermot Nestor

Executive Dean
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

  • Ancient Languages
  • Biblical Studies

Canberra Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Dr Damien Casey

Lecturer, Theology

  • Systematic Theology
  • Practical Theology

Ballarat Campus

 
Name and position Area of expertise

Dr Margaret Carswell

Senior Lecturer, Theology & Philosophy

 
Dr Richard Wade

Senior Lecturer, Theology

  • Systematic Theology
  • Practical Theology
  • Moral Theology

Brisbane Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Professor Pauline Allen

Professor, Theology


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

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)

  • Church History
  • Biblical Studies
  • Patristic Studies
Dr Maeve Heaney

Lecturer, Theology

Director
Xavier Centre for Theological Formation

  • Systematic Theology
  • Practical Theology

Dr Peter Ivers

Senior Lecturer, Religious Education, Theology & Philosophy

 
Dr David Kirchhoffer

Senior Lecturer, Theology

Director
Queensland Bioethics Centre

  • Ethics
  • Practical Theology
Antonia Pizzey

Lecturer, Theology

 

Reverend Associate Professor Ormond Rush

Associate Professor, Theology

 
  • Catholic Thought and Practice
  • Systematic Theology
Dr Terry Veling

Senior Lecturer, Theology

  • Practical Theology
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Philosophy of Religion.
Dr Youhanna Youssef

Research Fellow, Theology

  •  Patristic Studies

Strathfield Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Mrs Maureen Hemmings

Lecturer Strathfield, Theology & Philosophy

 

Dr Jason McFarland

Lecturer, Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology

Assistant Director
ACU Centre for Liturgy

  • Liturgy
  • Sacramental Theology

Dr Emmanuel Nathan

Associate Dean of Theology and Philosophy (Research)

  • Biblical Studies
Dr Gareth Wearne

Lecturer, Theology

  • 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

Adelaide Campus

 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

Melbourne Campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Associate Professor Michael Buchanan

Associate Professor, Theology & Philosophy
Deputy Head of School (Theology)

Dr Edmund Chia

Senior Lecturer, Theology

  • Systematic Theology
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Practical Theology

Dr Gemma Cruz

Senior Lecturer, Theology

  • Catholic Thought and Practice
  • Systematic Theology
  • Ethics

Dr Joel Hodge

Senior Lecturer, Theology

  • Systematic Theology
  • Practical Theology
  • Ethics

Associate Professor Robyn Horner

Associate Professor, Theology

  • Systematic Theology
  • Phenomenology

Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer

Lecturer, Theology

National Head of School (Theology)

  • Systematic Theology
Professor Clare Johnson

Professor, Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology

Director
ACU Centre for Liturgy

  • Liturgy
  • Sacramental Theology

Dr Janine Luttick

Lecturer, Theology

 

Dr Mary Noseda

Lecturer, Theology & Philosophy

 

Professor David Sim

Associate Dean (Research)

  •  Biblical and Early Christian Studies

Dr Michael P Theophilos

Senior Lecturer, Theology

 
  • Biblical and Early Christian Studies
  • Ancient Languages

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