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Note to staff

23 November 2015


Academic promotions

It is with great pleasure I advise that the following staff have been successful in their application for academic promotion this year. I thank them for their contribution to the University and look forward to their future achievements.

Promotion to Level B – Lecturer or Research Fellow

Centre for Aboriginal Studies: Rachna Aggarwal
Faculty of Health Sciences: Morgan Titmus
Faculty of Humanities: Philip Miolin
Faculty of Science & Engineering
Peter Curran
Sara Deillami
Monica Gumulya
David Kelly
Robert Madden
John Morgan
Masood Mostofi
Iain Parnum
Andrew Pethick
Konstantin Tertyshnikov
Guang Xu

Promotion to Level C – Senior Lecturer or Senior Research Fellow

Curtin Business School
Sharyn Curran
Astghik Mavisakalyan
Fazlul Rabbanee
Harjinder Singh
Nigar Sultana

Faculty of Health Sciences
Mark Boyes
Mary Claessen
Helen Flavell
Jonathan Hallett
Linda Portsmouth
Michelle Quail
Ryusuke Takechi

Faculty of Humanities
Robert Briggs
Amanda Davies
Toni Dobinson
Anne Farren
Lisa Hartley
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Michelle Johnston
Christina Lee
Rachel Robertson
Rachel Sheffield

Faculty of Science & Engineering
Jun Li
Qun Lin
Vassili Mikhaltsevitch
Alan Payne
Hongqi Sun
Yun Yu
Hussein Znad

Promotion to Level D – Associate Professor

Curtin Business School: Peter Dell

Faculty of Health Sciences
Daniel Gucciardi
Georgia Halkett
Jonine Jancey
Stuart Johnson
Hoe Lee
Kevin Netto
Katrina Spilsbury
Guicheng Zhang

Faculty of Science & Engineering
Ahmed Abu Siada
Gretchen Benedix-Bland
Iain Murray
Paolo Raiteri
Tushar Sen
Andrew Whyte

Promotion to Level E – Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences: Jaya Earnest
Faculty of Humanities: Reena Tiwari
Faculty of Science & Engineering: Alexander Nemchin and Yue Rong

Fireballs in the Sky recognised again

Fireballs in the Sky recently won the national BHERT Best Community Engagement Award, sponsored by Deakin University.

This is the fourth recognition the project has received this year, having earlier been a finalist in the Premier’s Science Awards, and a WA Finalist and then National Winner, Education in the iAwards.

Congratulations to all involved, especially Professor Phil Bland, Jay Ridgewell and Dr Jonathan Paxman.

Alumni Achievement Awards

The University’s Alumni Achievement Awards were developed to recognise and celebrate the significant achievements of our alumni.

The 2015 awards were recently presented at an engaging and inspiring event to the following graduates:

  • Professional Achievement Award, Curtin Business School – Mr Joachim Tan
  • Professional Achievement Award, Health Sciences – Professor Andrew Whitehouse
  • Professional Achievement Award, Humanities – Mr Peter Lee and Mr Michael Turkic
  • Professional Achievement Award, Science and Engineering – Mr Theerasak Opatsuwan
  • Global Impact Award – Dr Mariya Ali
  • Young Alumnus Award – Ms Ashleigh Nelson
  • Community Service Award – Dr Sandy Chong
  • Volunteer Leadership Award – Mr Joerex Tsang
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Ms Gnanaletchumy Jegasothy

I hope you will take the time to read about the achievements of our winners.  They are a very inspiring group, and all were proud and delighted to be recognised by their University.   I would also like to thank the judging panel for their work in determining the winners (not an easy task!) and the staff of Alumni Relations for organising both the awards process and the presentation event.

Professor Darrell Fisher recognised

Earlier this year Professor Darrell Fisher of the School of Education received an honorary Doctor of Science (Maritime Affairs) honoris causa from the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden.  The award was conferred upon Professor Fisher in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University over 21 years.

Students travel from all over the world to study for Master of Science (Maritime Affairs) degrees at the University and for many years Darrell has used two weeks of his leave to travel to Sweden to teach Curriculum Design and Evaluation in the Maritime Education and Training strand.

Congratulations to Darrell on this well deserved recognition.

White Ribbon Day

The International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as ‘White Ribbon Day’ is observed annually on November 25.

Curtin recognises the impact that violence against women has on their health, safety, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace.  We are currently in the process of obtaining a White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation that recognises workplaces taking active steps to prevent and respond to violence against women.  White Ribbon Workplaces are centres of respect and proactivity in relation to the safety of women in the workplace.

Curtin University Sports Awards 2015

The 2015 Curtin University Sports Awards were presented recently to recognise the sporting achievements and contributions of Curtin’s students, sporting clubs, volunteers and alumni.  The winners were:

  • Umpire of the Year, presented to an individual who shows a high level of umpiring throughout the year in our on-campus sporting competitions and programs – Olivia Bearman
  • The Volunteer of the Year award, which goes to a member of the Curtin community who contributes and displays an outstanding service to sport in a volunteer role – Greg Haig
  • The Club of the Year award recognises our sport clubs and their contribution on and off the field to the University and the wider community – Wesley Curtin Football Club
  • Inter-Varsity Athlete of the Year goes to a current Curtin student who represented the University at Tertiary Sports WA, Australian University Games (AUG) and World University Games (WUG) – Jessica Zimmerman
  • Sportswoman of the Year award which recognises female athletes currently studying at Curtin and competing at an elite level in their sport – Amie Thompson
  • Sportsman of the Year Award which recognises male athletes who are currently studying at Curtin and competing at an elite level in their sport – Aaron Younger
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Elite Athlete Alumni Inductee which recognises Curtin students and alumni who have excelled in their chosen sport – Allana Slater

A number of the winners acknowledged the Curtin University Elite Athlete program when accepting their awards.  The program provides assistance and support for our students currently in a state or national representative squad, team or individual sport and helps them to pursue both their sporting and academic ambitions.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Presentation of VC’s Excellence Awards

All staff are reminded that the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff will be presented 1.30-2.15pm on Monday 7 December in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre.  Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.

These annual awards recognise significant contributions by professional staff in the areas of engagement, innovation, leadership and service, and I hope you will join me for the announcement of our 2015 award recipients.

You can indicate your intention of attending by emailing

Vice-Chancellor’s Forum, 30 November

Please remember that the final VC’s Forum for the year, which all staff are encouraged to attend, will be held on Monday 30 November from 12 noon to 1pm in the Tim Winton Lecture Theatre.  A light lunch in celebration of the end of the year will be provided for you to enjoy during the Forum.

I will give an overview of what has been a very successful year for the University, discuss the recent changes in the political landscape and the opportunities this presents for the higher education sector, as well as commenting on matters specific to Curtin.  I will be happy to take questions on these or any other subjects.





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