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Note to staff

9 March 2015


Academic promotions

It is with great pleasure that I advise the following staff have been successful in their application for academic promotion. On behalf of the University, I would like to congratulate them on their achievements. I am also particularly pleased to announce that thirteen of these staff members are in the new Teaching Academic roles (denoted with an asterisk*).

Promotion to Level B – Lecturer

The following staff members have been promoted to Level B through the Work Planning and Performance Review process. Level B academic staff members are expected to have a growing profile in teaching, research and/or service and leadership and are likely to co-ordinate or lead the work of other staff.

Faculty of Health Sciences
Selina Tang
Adrian Paxman *
Matthew Ruggiero
Carol Nevin *

Faculty of Humanities
Kathryn Greenhill *
Robyn Creagh
Hung-Lin Chi

Faculty of Science & Engineering
Li Dong
Huyen Phan
Boris Albijanic
Oktay Erten
Changjun Yu
Drew Sheppard
Klaus Lucke
Biao Sun

Promotion to Level C – Senior Lecturer

Curtin Business School: Jane Coffey and Katharina Wolf

Faculty of Health Sciences
Liesl Blott *
Helen Brown
Zhongxiang Fang
Robyn Fary
Trudi Fischer *
Peter Gardner *
Ross Graham
Justine Leavy

Faculty of Humanities
Susanna Castleden
Khoa Do *
Julian Goddard
Michael Kent
Changzhi Wu

Faculty of Science & Engineering
Mehrooz Aspandiar *
Gordon Ingram *
Jian Liu
Michael O’Leary
Christopher Rawson *
Ali Saeedi
Debbie Silvester-Dean
Vanissorn Vimonsatit

Promotion to Level D – Associate Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences: Moira O’Connor and Rosanna Rooney

Faculty of Humanities: Anne Aly and Susan Beltman

Faculty of Science & Engineering
A.H.M. Faisal Anwar
Peter Edwards
Ahmed El-Mowafy
Katharine Evans
Md Mofazzal Hossain *
Stefan Iglauer
Ryan Loxton
Nicoleta Maynard *
Cesar Ortega-Sanchez *

Promotion to Level E – Professor

Curtin Business School: Helen Cabalu-Mendoza
Faculty of Health Sciences: Suzanne Fraser
Faculty of Science & Engineering: Vladimir Golovanevskiy and Zhonghua Sun

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been held for more than 100 years to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak at Curtin’s IWD breakfast on Friday 6 March. The event at the John Curtin Gallery attracted a large group of staff, and included an inspiring speech by Angela Hartwig, Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Domestic Violence and Family Violence Services WA.

As Vice-Chancellor, I would like to emphasise my personal commitment to gender equality (including gender pay equity). I am very pleased with the way Curtin is working to progress this, and that our work has been acknowledged by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Curtin’s Equal Opportunity Policy and Equal Employment Opportunity Management Plan outlines the University’s commitment to valuing diversity and promoting equity and inclusion and the initiatives which support this.

One of the new areas of focus for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency is to encourage organisations to assist employees who are experiencing family or domestic violence through formal policy and measures which provide support.  Angela’s talk underlined the importance of such initiatives. In response, Curtin University, in support of White Ribbon Australia’s campaign against family violence, is beginning the process of becoming a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace.  I encourage you all to complete the White Ribbon Survey as part of our involvement in this project.

Curtin staff member recognised

Congratulations to Gemma Crawford  from Curtin’s School of Public Health on being named the 2015 Emerging Health Promotion Leader by the Australian Health Promotion Association.

The Awards provide an opportunity for health promotion professionals to be recognised by colleagues and peers for their commitment and innovation in health promotion practice.  Gemma was recognised for being an individual who inspires through her actions and has guided others in their practice.

Pride in Diversity Survey 2015: How inclusive is Curtin’s workplace culture – have your say

Pride in Diversity conducts an annual survey to determine the inclusivity of workplaces across Australia.  This is a valuable opportunity to share your perspective on this aspect of Curtin’s workplace culture, and will also enable the University to assess what is working well and what areas may need to be addressed.  Responses to the survey are confidential.

A link to the survey will be emailed by the Director, Corporate Values and Equity shortly, and I encourage all Curtin staff based in Australia to participate.  For further information, please email the Ethics, Equity and Social Justice team at

Visit to the Kalgoorlie campus

Last week I visited the Curtin WA School of Mines for a meeting of the Kalgoorlie Campus Council.  Also attending was Curtin Council member Mr Steve Scudamore, who will soon take over leadership of the Kalgoorlie Campus Council from outgoing chair Mr Keith Spence.  Under Mr Spence’s chairmanship, the Council has been revitalised with new local members and strategic planning for the campus has been undertaken.

While in Kalgoorlie I met with local stakeholders including the new Chief Executive Officer of the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission, Mr Shayne Flannagan, for constructive talks about Curtin’s plans for the future of the campus, and delivered the 2015 CY O’Connor memorial lecture.






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