Key Academic contacts

Are you an undergraduate who needs assistance?

Your first step in getting great advice is to contact askuow.

If your enquiry is related to a specific subject, please contact the subject coordinator. Subject coordinators are listed on the subject Moodle site or via your timetable in SOLS.

More specialist degree advice can be given by our Academic Program Directors and Discipline leaders listed below.

Academic Program Directors and Discipline leaders are academic staff members who can provide strategic leadership for one or more UOW coursework programs, and who take ultimate responsibility for key areas of the course design and course performance.

For Postgraduate assistance, you can find your Head of Postgraduate Studies on The Graduate Research School website.askuow

Key Academic contacts by school

Bachelor of Creative Arts/Bachelor of Performance and Theatre Academic Program Director
Dr Luke Johnson

Bachelor of Communication and Media/Bachelor of Journalism Academic Program Director
Jo Stirling

Communications and Media – Acting (Discipline leader)
Dr Chris Comerford

Creative Writing and English Literatures (Discipline leader)
Dr Christine Howe

Journalism and Visual Communication Design (Discipline Leader)
Dr Shawn Burns

Music (Discipline Leader)
Dr Terumi Narushima

Performance and Theatre (Discipline leader) 
Associate Professor Margaret Hamilton 

Visual Arts (Discipline leader)
Associate Professor Agnieszka Golda

Primary Academic Program Director (Yr 1-2)
Dr Amanda Gigliotti

Primary Academic Program Director (Yr 3-4)
Dr Paul Gardiner

Health and Physical Education Academic Program Director
Dr Helen Georgiou

Science and Mathematics Education 
Dr Helen Georgiou

Bachelor of Sport Academic Program Director
Dr Greg Forrest


Early Years Education Academic Program Director
Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

MTeach-Primary and Secondary Education Academic Program Director
Dr Kellie Buckley-Walker

MTeach-Primary and Secondary Education Academic Program Director (regional campuses)
Dr Susan Duchesne

Postgraduate Coursework
Dr Michael Burri

Head of Postgraduate Studies
Dr Tiffani Apps
Dr Rachel Jones

Academic Program Director
Dr Chris Brennan-Horley

Head of Postgraduate Studies
Dr Nicole Cook

Undergraduate Public Health Academic Program Director
Dr Summer Finlay

Postgraduate Public Health Academic Program Director
Dr Amy Bestman

Bachelor of Social Science Academic Program Director
Dr Delia Rambaldini-Gooding

Higher Degree Research Coordinator
Head of Postgraduate Studies

Associate Professor Chris Degeling and Dr Alankaar Sharma

Undergraduate Social Work Academic Program Director
Dr Jacqui Cameron

Postgraduate Social Work Academic Program Director
Dr Rugare Mugumbate

Undergraduate Work Health and Safety/Occupational Health and Safety Academic Program Director
Dr Emmanuel Boateng

Postgraduate Work Health and Safety/Occupational Health and Safety Academic Program Director
Jane Whitelaw

Head of Postgraduate Studies
Dr Anu Bissoonauth-Bedford (Acting 2024)

Bachelor of Arts (Academic Program Director)
Dr David Neil

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
(Academic Program Director)
Associate Professor Patrick McGivern

Master of International Relations
Bachelor of International Studies
(Academic Program Director)
Professor Phil Orchard

History (Discipline leader)
Associate Professor Claire Lowrie

Indigenous Studies (Discipline leader)
Associate Director Evan Poata-Smith

Philosophy (Discipline leader)
Dr Patrick McGivern

Sociology (Discipline leader)
Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Science & Technology Studies and Environmental Humanities (Discipline leader)
Dr Andrew Whelan

Politics & International Studies (Discipline leader)
Associate Professor Phil Orchard

Languages & Linguistics (Discipline leader)
Dr Rowena Ward

Head of Postgraduate Studies and Honours Coordinator
Dr Ronald Planer

Academic Integrity Officer
Dr Elena Walsh

100 Level Coordinator
Associate Professor Steven Roodenrys and Dr Amy Chan

200 Level Coordinator
Dr Harry Hill

300 Level Coordinator
Associate Professor Adam Clarke

400 Level Coordinator (Honours)
Dr Samantha Reis

Head of Postgraduate Studies
Dr Briony Larance

Director of Professional and Clinical Psychology Training
Vida Bliokas

Singapore Program Director
Dr Simone Favelle