I am a lecturer and qualitative researcher at Flinders University, South Australia. My book (Heidegger and the Lived Experience of Being a University Educator) has received international recognition for its contribution to the scholarship on university teaching.
My research interests focus on contributing fresh understandings of ontological and temporal structures of everyday phenomena across various worlds of human practice. I am particularly interested in interpreting qualitative data (stories of lived experience) in light of continental philosophy. Major influences on my interpretive work to date include Martin Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. My methodological expertise is in qualitative methodologies (particularly hermeneutic phenomenological, ethnographic and action research approaches).
I am currently preparing a proposal for a new book on Heidegger and music, and leading a collaborative study examining the experiences of PhD students living with a disability or health issue.
My practice background is in community development and youth work, including establishing the music program for the annual Schoolies Festival, working as the Recreation, Arts and Cultural Development Officer at the City of West Torrens, experience as a Youth Worker for Baptist Care SA, and as former SA Education Coordinator for TEAR Australia.
I am also a musician and piano composer, and can often be found watching cricket at Adelaide Oval with friends.
- PhD, Flinders University, 2016
- Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University, 2011
- BA (Australian Studies, Sociology, Development Studies), Flinders University, 2003
- Flinders University Nomination for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education, 2017
- Australian Postgraduate Award, 2012-2015
- Chancellors Letter of Commendation, Flinders University, 2003